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.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Soul Food

(Proverbs 27:7 KJV)  The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

This is a verse about balance.  Notice that two souls are held up for sampling.  I say “souls” instead of “man” (5315) because that is the word.  The KJV is more accurate here.  The Hebrew is “nephesh” which is usually translated “soul”.  This is referring to the basic inner nature or core of your being.  The two examples are extremes.  The word is to not be in either extreme.

What is the problem with extremes?  They drive us to make bad choices.  They jumble our priorities.  Here the example is one we can understand.  We know what it is to eat so much of our favorite food that we don’t want any more.  We know what it is to be ready to eat anything.  The principle is one that should be applied to every area of our lives from leisure to purchases.

So?  Keep your eye on the center line.  Pretend you are on a narrow bridge in the fog and all you can see it the yellow line outside your window.  They usually don’t lead you over the edge.

No comments: