An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Fool’s Sources

(Proverbs 17:28 KJV)  Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Recently I read someone quoting Mark Twain as saying,
“It is better to be silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all shadow of doubt.”
That is my paraphrase from memory.

What got my attention was that Twain was paraphrasing the Bible and people don’t even notice it.  He is not known for his respect for Christianity but he was not above using the wisdom of Proverbs.

Look around you.  Look at all the great ideas and concepts that are being pushed.  If you dig a little deeper you will find that some of them are rooted in the teaching of the Bible.  They are godly wisdom even if credit is not given.  On the other side, if you can’t find the idea backed up in scripture you might want to be very careful about accepting it as having any lasting value.

So?  Know the Word.  Wrestle with the principles and behaviors that are highlighted by God.  It should give you the kind of foundation you need in a Google world.

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