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.

Friday, July 1, 2016

The 49ers

(Proverbs 1:30 KJV)  They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.

“Counsel” (6098) is presented as a good thing.  One of the translations is “advice”.  Most of the time we don’t want advice because it seems to be just meddling and someone being bossy.  But what if the person offering the advice is an experienced veteran and you are the new recruit?  At that point you would welcome anything offered, or at least you should.

How does God offer us counsel?  It can come straight from the written word.  Sometimes it is a simple voice of the Holy Spirit, speaking out of what you are reading.  Sometimes it is the result of a disciplined search of study.  It is like gold in 1849.  Some nuggets are found in plain sight.  All you need to do is have your eyes open.  When that first piece was found near Sutter’s fort it was not hidden.  Other gold requires bringing out tons of ore in order to get a few ounces of metal.

Have you ever found money laying on the ground?  How many people walked past it without seeing it?  That doesn’t mean it wasn’t there.  It doesn’t mean it was not valuable.  It means they were not looking.

So?  Look.  Pay attention.  One of the values of a daily time of worship is that it is like someone saying, “Squirrel!” 

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