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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

This Hurts Me More Than It Will Hurt You

(Proverbs 28:23 KJV)  He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

It occurs to me today that we might be a little confused about what it means to “rebuke” (3198) someone.  This comes to mind because my last experience with a group of narcissistic spoiled brats had one special child telling me what a terrible teacher I was.  She says it often and has a routine of thrusting her head forward, rolling her eyes, nodding her head and waving one hand like a magician.  That is not a rebuke.  That is a childish attempt to manipulate me into doing things her way.  I usually tell her, “Nice eye roll.” 

Rebuke is not insult, manipulation or defense mechanism.  Rebuke is sharing something that might be painful but will help the person being spoken to.  We rarely see it and that is a shame.  It is one side of the gift of exhortation.  It is something God does to the faithful.  It is demanded in both the Old and New Testaments.  And instead we try to build self-esteem by praise and complements.

So?  Short term, feel good comments keep us safe but don’t do much to help the person who has a problem.  Love demands that we do what is best for the other person.  Sometimes that is rebuke.  If the rebuke fits, don’t put it back on the rack. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Open First

(Proverbs 27:5 KJV)  Open rebuke is better than secret love.

“Better” (2896a) is a comparison, not an absolute.  It is not the same as best.  Best is a clear winner but better often seems to be hard to determine.  Best is the peak above the mountain range of choices.  Better is when you only have two possibilities. 

What is strange in our thinking is thinking that “rebuke” (8433b) can be looked at in a positive light.  That is the product of our pagan culture and a dominance of sinful attitudes.  We see this in a generation of children that have never been disciplined.  We see it in schools that turn out graduates that know nothing and people wanting jobs but not wanting to work.  We see it in people attending church and being satisfied with a social club that entertains instead of a sanctuary that compels worship.  We see it in avoiding repentance while we are satisfied with celebration. 

So?  We need to grow up and look at things through God’s filters and not the world’s.  We need to seek the right and not be satisfied with just the good.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Rod Cycle

(Proverbs 26:3 KJV)  A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

I don’t know much about horses.  I know less about donkeys.  Unfortunately I know a lot about “fools” (3684).  The scary thing about fools is that they don’t realize what they are.  I could be a fool and not be aware of it.  Does a horse know it is a horse?  Does a donkey know it is a donkey?  One of the differences between animals and humans is self awareness. 

Sometimes I feel like I am too self-aware.  I say “feel” because in reality that is often just feeling sorry for myself.  I have cycles I go through.  The advantage for me in getting older is that I recognize the cycle and know how to hold on until things start to feel better again.  I can even speed up the improvement part of the cycle.  I do that by focusing on the things of God.  I remember that God is on the throne.  I look back at how He has worked in history and in my life.  And, to be honest, some times God shakes His head, knows I am being a fool, and uses the “rod” (7626) on me.

So?  Often when the rubber hits the road and the rod hits my back it is time to slow down, listen to what God is trying to say and make some changes.  I can’t help you with your rod moments.  You can’t help me with mine, unless you are the rod.  If you are, then thank you. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Your Context

(Proverbs 25:3 KJV)  The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

The context is kings.  The point can apply to so much in our lives from the reason for hunger in the world to why my wife does not understand me.  Some things are going to be too big for me to grasp.  Some things are going to be so intricate that I can’t begin to figure them out.  In between is a small area for me to actually grab hold of and work with.

Does that mean that I don’t try to stretch and understand the trinity?  Does it mean that I don’t meditate on the holiness of God?  Am I to ignore the implications of forgiveness?  Obviously not, or at least it is obvious to me.  God made us in His image.  We have minds and imaginations.  Yes, they have been tainted by sin.  Yes, we are not as smart as we think we are.  We can still enjoy the struggle to understand. 

So?  Keep moving forward and expecting serendipitous experiences.  Keep in mind that if Balaam’s donkey can talk, we can listen. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Knowledge Is Power

(Proverbs 24:5 KJV)  A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.

Here is a foundation for the idea that “knowledge” (1847) is “strength” (power NASB) (3581b).  That goes back to Francis Bacon in the 16th century.  With the rise of modern computers and internet searches we have seen this in a new age of data.  The one who knows what is happening can make better plans and investments. 

This has a different support.  The differences are in the content of the knowledge, the source of the power and the results.  Obviously Proverbs is concerned with the world around Solomon.  The advice given is useful in how you live your day.  What is not obvious to some people is that these daily decisions have eternal consequences.  To the average pagan telling the truth might lead to more trust and increase their business results but can be cast aside if the rewards are big enough.  For the Christian the result of lies is the lake of fire.  That lake burns up your excuses and rationalizations as well as you.

So?  Knowledge is power.  Too much power can burn out your circuits.  Make sure you go for the right type of power. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hot Rods

(Proverbs 23:14 KJV)  Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

I wonder if this is a proverb written late in life.  Did Solomon already see that his sons were on track to divide the kingdom?  Did he see the results of his lack of discipline?  The other option is that he is reflecting on how his father raised his sons and how they even tried to kill their father.

Either way this comes across as a command.  We are to use force in teaching our children right from wrong.  It isn’t just a matter of teaching them to behave properly in public.  It isn’t just to civilize them.  It is to keep them from going to Hell.  Of course this is not a license to pointless beatings.  As in all things we see the balance as shown by the apostle Paul.
(Ephesians 6:4 KJV)  And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
I find that the juvenile delinquents in my classes have no problem with being kicked out when they misbehave.  They know they have messed up.  It is the sheltered, pampered child that thinks they are entitled to do whatever they want with no consequence. 

So?  Children need to be shown the boundaries and impressed with the importance of proper behavior.  They need to be taught cause and effect.  Eternity is in the balance. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Two for the Price of One

(Proverbs 22:15 KJV)  Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

This is a twofer verse.  You get to reject two common beliefs of our pagan culture in one swoop.  That is to be expected when you read and apply the Bible.  What God has to say causes a real jarring of teeth in the secular world.  First the Bible teaches that children are foolish.  Second it teaches that physical punishment is not evil.  That is enough to send the trend setters of our world screaming down the aisle. 

Unfortunately it also causes many in the church to start looking for excuses.  Too many who attend church on a regular basis live in a world that rejects what the church should be teaching.  It is much easier to adjust our beliefs to the expectations of our neighbors than to be salt.  Most are familiar with this verse. 
(Romans 12:2 KJV)  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
J.B. Philips has a paraphrase of the New Testament.  I generally avoid paraphrases but he wrapped this one around my head in such a way that I keep coming back to it.  This is from memory but I remember his putting it,
“Don’t let the world squeeze you into its mold.”
So?  We are being squeezed.  We are being pushed and pulled.  We need to be alert to the pressure and refuse to compromise. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Pray for the Peace of Israel

(Proverbs 21:18 KJV)  The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.

One type of promise that is hard to understand and apply is the repeated idea that God’s people will be blessed and see prosperity.  I think of it as a principle of promise not a law.  If you look down through history you can see how this has applied to the people of Israel.  They have gone through some terrible suffering.  We are all familiar with the Holocaust generated by Hitler and the Nazis.  That is just one chapter in centuries of persecution and hostility.  Israel has suffered.  We see anti-Semitism on the rise, not only in Islam and neo-pagan Europe but in the secular American society. 

In spite of that the Jewish people have continued to be blessed by God.  They have been massacred through history and still are a numerous people.  They have been persecuted and faced death for their beliefs and yet they still identify as Jews.  They have been driven from country after country and after 2,000 years have a homeland again.

And what has happened to the nations and people that persecuted them?  They have been a ransom.

So?  Get hostile to the Jews at your own peril.  Keep in mind that the United States is not now, nor has it ever been, the chosen people.  We have been blessed but not chosen.  Pray for the peace of Israel. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

You Don’t Need a Lawyer

(Proverbs 20:23 KJV)  Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.

In some places the Bible deals with mystical concepts that will not be totally understood in this life such as the trinity.  Who knows, maybe we will not even be able to understand it when Jesus is in the pulpit.  At the other end you have simple, easy to understand directions such as the Ten Commandments that tell us not to lie, steal and commit adultery.  Here is another clear demand for people who follow Jesus:  Be honest in your business dealings.

It is really simple.  We want to cloud the issue with contracts and lawyer talk.  We want to set up all kind of “situations” that we might face.  The principle is simple.  If you say a dollar an ounce then make sure the dollar is good and the ounce is an ounce.  There is no wiggle room.

So?  Selling a house?  Selling a car?  Borrowing money?  Keep in mind that before you have your lawyer check the wording, God has already made a decision on your willingness to live in righteousness.  His opinion is the one that matters. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dream On

(Proverbs 19:21 KJV)  There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

It is normal for us to have “many” (7227) dreams bouncing around in our heads.  I think this infers that we are expected to have inner brain storms and consider all kinds of possibilities.  People with better imaginations will have more variety.  One of the adjustments I have had to make is that as I get older, paths are shut off.  Options are reduced.  Wild ideas become impossible.  When I got married it walled off all other women in the world.  When I realized I was color blind it ruled out any dreams of being a fashion designer.  Not that I had such dreams but now they would be futile.

What does not change is the path that God wants us to walk.  He must put up with a boatload of nonsense before we can whittle our dreams down to size.  Sometimes the plan He has for us is bigger than we could have ever dreamed.  Sometimes it is more mysterious than we can imagine.  Sometimes it is to be the guy with the stop watch when someone else is winning the race.  It is still what is right for us.

So?  Dream big.  Dream often.  Be open to God being a bigger dreamer. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Lowered Voices

(Proverbs 18:8 KJV)  The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

You may have noticed that there is a difference in the way the KJV and NASB translate this verse.   It seems they are looking at different Hebrew words.  The KJV says “talebearer” (5372) and the NASB uses “whisperer” (7279).  When I dig a little I find that in reality they are the same word but for reasons that are beyond me have different numbers.  Go figure.  Another error that turns out to be not an error.  It probably goes back to an ego contest between two scholars.

Onward.  In your experience is gossip whispered or shouted?  My feeling is that when people have a juicy tidbit to share they look around, lower their voice, lean toward you and pass it along.  That might be a good indication if something should be shared.  If you can’t say it in a normal voice without worrying about being overheard, maybe it should not be said.

So?  Have you had to lower your voice this week?  Think about why. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Clueless or Confident

(Proverbs 17:27 KJV)  He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

If we had a modern bit of jargon for this attitude it might be “laid back”.  However you want to translate the description here it comes back as someone who is not rattled by what is going on around him.  Think of all the things that get us worried today:  Political results, terrorism, environment, taxes, health, the list goes on.  Some of the upsets are serious, many are just momentary.  We are to be relaxed.

Some wag once came up with the statement, “If you can keep your head when other around you are losing theirs, you probably don’t understand the situation.”  That could be totally correct, or you could just honestly trust in God.

So which is it?  Are you uptight or at ease?  Are you clueless or trusting?  I know what I prefer to be.  It is a matter of choice.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Common and Dangerous

(Proverbs 16:18 KJV)  Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

“Pride” (1347b) is something that gets a lot of bad press but continues to thrive.  It is one of those character traits that we can see in others but don’t recognize in ourselves.  We aren’t proud, it is you that are lacking in appreciation.  The kind of pride that we are looking at here is along the lines of hubris and arrogance.  It isn’t that sturdy sense of self worth that helps us through rough times.  It is the assurance that we know what is best for not only ourselves, but the rest of the world too.

We tend to see it in politicians and celebrities.  We miss that it is just as common in the masses.  It is the attitude that feels entitlement.  We see it rioting in the streets in the current elections.  We see it demanding higher wages for less work.  We see it everywhere we look.  Pride does not know how to turn the other cheek or go the extra mile.  Pride ultimately does not know how to bend its knee to God.

So?  My job, and your job, is not to bring down the proud.  Our responsibility is to examine our own hearts and make sure that we are broken before the cross. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Focal Points

(Proverbs 15:14 KJV)  The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

The NASB’s use of “mind” (3820) and the KJV’s use of “heart” demonstrate the different cultural focuses of the two centuries.  The Hebrew word is very frequent and has a wide range of translations but all of them circle back to the concept of the inner man.  What is the focus of your inner man?  The inner man is reflected in what we seek in life and how we set our priorities. 

This brings to mind,
(Matthew 6:33 KJV)  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
To the world this is ridiculous.  To the cultural Christian it is put on the back burner.  Both of those groups would be joined at the hip as “fools” (3684), not because they are incompetent but because their focus makes it impossible to see the big picture. 

So?  Only you and God know where your inner focus points.  Only you and God can do anything about it.  Being a fool is a choice.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Closet Mocker

(Proverbs 14:6 KJV)  A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.

Have you ever had the feeling that God is not listening to you?  You ask for wisdom in a decision you face.  You seek guidance in your plans.  You admit your need for patience.  You call upon the Lord and all you get are crickets.  All of us have been there.  Where is the holdup?  Maybe it is because you really don’t want an answer.  Maybe you are a “scorner” (scoffer NASB) (3927b) in your heart if not in your mouth.

I know I have been guilty of framing my expectations with the jargon of the denomination I was raised in and filtering it through the ideas of normal presented by the surrounding culture.  If I listen to the media and the theologians I will slowly drift away from what the Bible actually teaches as wisdom. 

So?  I need a daily dose of the word taken as directed.  That means I read for understanding, not to fulfill a chapter a day quota.  It means I meditate on what I have read, not just get it out of the way.  It means I make decisions based on what I know as a result of that.  It means not being a closet mocker. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Meals

(Proverbs 13:2 KJV)  A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.

Do you “enjoy” (398) the produce of your mouth?  Once again the KJV is more literal.  The word is a simple word meaning “to eat”.  When I look at the definitions I see things like “devour”, “consume” and “burn up”.  It almost seems like there is a mix up in the word order.  I wonder if it is possible to say that your words will eat you.  Probably not.

When you look at yesterday do you get a warm feeling in your belly?  Are you happy about what you had to say?  How about today?

So?  I know I need to work on what I say and how I say it.  No one else can do it for me.  Of course that means I can’t do it for you either. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Grave Concerns

(Proverbs 12:28 KJV)  In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

I have not been to a funeral in a long time.  I have had friends who have lost parents in the last few years, but they have been far away.  I think that the next funeral I go to will be my own.  At least I hope so.  One of the themes that are perpetual at Christian funerals is that the person being remembered has not really died but has just moved along to the next step of eternity.  Most of us have heard the words of Paul in Corinthians 15 but are not aware he is actually quoting the Old Testament.
(Hosea 13:14 KJV)  I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
It would seem that death should be afraid of our savior.

So?  Physical death in the eyes of the world is as sure as taxes.  Eternal life is also assured for those who follow Jesus.  May your walk here be productive and full of joy.  May the next step bring no fear. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Bless the City

(Proverbs 11:11 KJV)  By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
As I read through this chapter today I am repeatedly struck by the frequent use of words like “upright” (3477).  Other words from the NASB are “righteous”, “perfect”, “man of understanding”, “faithful spirit”, “gracious woman” and many other expressions that get across an idea that we often resist.  We are expected to be salt in our communities.  You cannot be salt without being salty.  Just as you don’t add ginger when the recipe calls for salt, so you can’t accept the role of being unrighteous and expect to be salt.

So?  You were a sinner.  You have been saved by grace.  You now walk in the light.  You are now salt and need to get around the business of being a blessing to your city.  You are different and God has made you that way.  Serve.  Influence.  

Friday, February 10, 2017

Hate Targets

(Proverbs 10:18 KJV)  He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

Contrary to popular opinion, “hatred” (8135) is not always wrong.  For instance the verb form is used a few chapters earlier,
(Proverbs 8:13 KJV)  The fear of the LORD is to hate (8181) evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
The concern is the reason for our hatred and the target for our hatred. 

Too often this feeling is simply a result of an injury to our pride or pocketbook.  Instead of turning the other cheek and going the extra mile we develop an unrighteous anger which morphs into hatred.  That would be sin.

On the other hand when we have social mores that endorse killing unborn children, denying access to opportunity because of skin color or stealing from tax payers to line the pockets of corrupt politicians, hate might be the correct emotion.

So?  God is love.  True.  But God hates evil and so should we.  Keep in mind that we may be sinners but that does not necessarily mean we are evil. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Being Open Is Simple

(Proverbs 9:16 KJV)  Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,

The idea of being “simple” (naive NASB) (6612a) is also seen in reference to the woman tempting this young man in verse 13.  The words in English are the same but slightly different in the Hebrew.  Both come from the same root.  It is the root that we need to understand.  The root means “spacious, wide, open”.  Somewhere else I noticed that being simple means having an open mind.

The danger of being open is not a willingness to wrestle with new ideas.  The danger is in wrestling with no awareness of the rules.  In the pagan world there are no limitations on what is allowed except your own sense of well being.  Thus we get the idea, “If it feels good, do it”.  We glorify self-actualization and self-esteem and all the other selfs.  The wise, on the other hand, understand that when you run your finger down a sharp knife you cut yourself and when you cut yourself you bleed and if you don’t stop the bleeding you die.

So?  An open gate is one thing.  An open highway is a joy.  An open mind can be a disaster. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Settled Wisdom

(Proverbs 8:25 KJV)  Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:

I am not a geologist although when I am driving across the country, observing the rock formations, I have wanted to take a few classes.  One of the details that keeps me from doing it is the knowledge that whoever taught the class would be approaching the subject from an evolutionary point of view.  It would be like taking a class in aerodynamics from a professor that believed the speed of sound would never be passed.  Here we see an indication that God was implying things about geology.

How would the king of a small country on the Mediterranean know about “mountains” (2022) settling?   This is obviously not a full blown scientific statement.  It is not meant to be.  But it implies that things were once chaotic and finally “settled” (2883) down.  This is not something Solomon would remember.

And before that the wisdom of God was already established.  Wisdom somehow had a place when dinosaurs roamed the earth.  It had a place before God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation...”

So?  The latest great meme that comes over the internet or airways is just a bit of fluff if it does not agree with the eternal.  That applies to moral behavior as well as the proper use of technology.  Expect to be at odds with your contemporary world. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Quid Pro Quo

(Proverbs 7:2 KJV)  Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.

A word about attitude is in order.  As I read this it occurred to me that there is a principle here that is often thought of as a promise.  If we order our life the way God wants us to order it, then we will avoid many of the pitfalls that lie in wait.  So far so good.  The problem is when we look at this as some universal law which leads to arrogance and legalism.  What brings this to mind is a conversation yesterday with another man who has diabetes.  He was diagnosed about the same time as I was, lost the weight he needed to lose and has kept it off.  In spite of that he was taking a handful of pills and I was taking none.  It would be easy for me to simply say the results are because I am a Christian and he is not.  The problem is that I could very quickly fall into an attitude that says I am healthier because I am such a fine fellow.

The promise is there.  The principle is solid.  God reserves the right to apply it as He wants to.  It is very possible that some people are sick because of sin in their lives.  It is also possible it is the result of sin in someone else’s life.  It is possible that their struggle is setting an example for someone else.  It is possible that the reason is none of our business.

So?  We are to live in obedience.  We are to do so because we love Jesus and want to please Him.  It is not a quid pro quo arrangement.  I can’t help but think it makes life better though. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Not an Option

(Proverbs 6:29 KJV)  So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.

We have been slowly brainwashed by our culture.  It started during my youth with a justified concern that people who had suffered divorce were not being forgiven.  Often they were considered pariahs.  So church thinkers began to get us to work at including these unfortunate people.  That was important because God is in the business of restoring broken pots.  Somehow in the process we threw the baby out with the bath water.  Divorce is now no big deal and because of that it has become common.  The needle of morality kept moving until now we have people living in adultery who claim to be doing nothing wrong. 

We need to be reminded that divorce is one of those things that God hates.
(Malachi 2:16 KJV)  For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.
“Putting away” (7971) is the Hebrew term for divorce.  God hates it.  We have made it mainstream. 

So?  The point is that we need to take a God’s eye view of sexual sin and self centeredness.  If you are a disciple of Jesus certain things that may be legal and endorsed by our society are not an option.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Investment Advice

(Proverbs 5:9 KJV)  Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:

Life is made up of the time we have and what we do with it.  The number of “years” (8141) is in God’s hands.  We cannot know ahead of time when the grim reaper will call for us.  We have all heard of supposedly healthy people that die suddenly and others with a host of handicaps that just keep going.  We can’t number them but we can decide where to invest them.

Life is full of choices.  We all make some good ones and some bad ones.  That is the way it goes.  As Christians our decisions should be made based on eternal principles.  We “give” (5414) by those decisions.

So?  Invest your life with purpose.  Make it matter.

Saturday, February 4, 2017


(Proverbs 4:25 KJV)  Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

It is so easy to get distracted.  I think it was the movie “Up” which brought the expression, “Squirrel!” into our daily lives.  As everyday people it doesn’t take much to get us to look and forget what we are going. 

Sometimes the distractions are major.  You don’t want to hear words like cancer, fired or divorce.  They can ruin your day.  The real ruin for us though is when we allow them to distract us from what we should be doing.  As Christians we talk about walking by faith.  That is what this verse is advocating.  Faith means keeping our eye on the ball and not listening to the catcher chant, “Hey, batter, batter....”  Faith means watching the steps when coming down from the second floor instead of watching for bugs on the ceiling.  It means moving straight ahead in a world that is trying to sidetrack us.

So?  What are you supposed to be doing today.  A verse that comes to mind is,
(Micah 6:8 KJV)  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
That should be enough to concentrate on. 

Friday, February 3, 2017


(Proverbs 3:7 KJV)  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Don’t confuse “wise” (2450) with smart.  Our culture confuses the two and overrates smart.  Think of the ways in which the politicians talk about how smart one president is and how dumb another one was.  Granted the evaluation is usually based on which political party is being evaluated but there still seems to be a premium on IQ.

Get over it.  Smart is what you are born with.  You can be an ignorant genius.  You can be an illiterate savant.  You can be a brilliant pervert.  Wisdom is not dependent on how smart you are it is a matter of whether you are using your “eyes” (5869) or God’s standards.

So?  Look for wisdom in others.  Seek wisdom in yourself.  Make sure that you are rating based on the righteousness that is part of everything God endorses. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Justice Rejects PC

(Proverbs 2:8 KJV)  He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

We hear a lot of talk about “justice” (Judgement KJV) (4941) in our modern culture.  Usually the word is preceded by an adjective like “social”.  The addition of that adjective removes all reference to the justice the Bible speaks of.  Notice the purpose given to this justice.  It is to “preserve” (8104) the “way” (1870) of the “godly ones” (2623).

Justice is not some ethereal concept.  Justice effects people’s lives.  The purpose of justice is not to achieve equality but to carve out an atmosphere that allows righteousness to flourish.  Justice is not value neutral.  It is also not defined by the current reigning philosophy.  It is eternal.

So?  Be reminded, and warned.  What your university professor calls justice probably is not something you should be seeking.  What God calls justice your professor would reject.  It is hard to accept but righteousness is different that politically correct.  It also pays different dividends. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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(Proverbs 1:2 KJV)  To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;

Do I really want to “know” (3945) “wisdom” (2451)?  That might seem like a rhetorical question or a no-brainer, but I am not sure if that is true.  If I read over and look at the list of results I need to ask myself are they really high on my list.  I need to ask that deep down in my heart where noone else is listening.

Assume it is a holiday weekend or the beginning of vacation.  When I make a list of things I want to do will you find wisdom, understanding and justice high on the list?  Probably not.  They should be.  It does not do me much good to read a diet book if I am not serious about controlling what I eat.  It does not help me to buy an exercise machine if I never get on and put it to use or if I only use it twice a year.

So?  Proverbs has a lot to offer.  So does the rest of the Bible.  I need to get serious about accepting the offer.