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.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Recipe for Success

(Proverbs 30:33 KJV)  Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

If I were writing this, or possibly translating, I would add one word, “can”.  The activities mentioned here “can” produce the results described but they do not need to.  For instance, in the “churning” (4330) of milk there are certain things that can stop the development of “butter” (2529).  If you use non-fat milk I don’t think you will get butter.  If the temperature is wrong I don’t think it will form.  If you don’t work at it long enough it won’t happen.

The Bible gives us principles, recipes and formulas.  When you follow them you get results.  When you don’t you are like the guy who wants good gas mileage but won’t get his car tuned.  Our culture tells us that wishing makes it happen.  In reality sweat stained grace makes it happen.

So?  Ignore the principles.  Imagine that the rules don’t apply to you.  You may get lucky for the day but you will find the wide road and gate don’t lead where you want to go. 

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