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.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Speed Reading

(Proverbs 29:20 KJV)  Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

I looked through the translations and could not find the turn of phrase I wanted.  If I had the credentials I would put out my own translation.  As it is I will be forced to contentment with this blog.  I was looking for the phrase “hasty” (213) “words” (1697).  This obviously means putting your mouth in gear when you brain is in neutral, but, having been a preacher, my mind took a little jog and I saw that it also applied to our study of the written word.

I knew someone who was extremely disciplined about having daily devotions.  She had a certain amount of the Bible she would read every day.  She did it every day.  The problem is that it went in one side and out the other.  There was not thinking.  There was no storing up in the heart.  There was no application in the character.  That is why I don’t like the phrase “personal devotions”.  I think of it as “individual worship”.  Worship does not happen in an empty mind.  It involves interacting with the presence of God.  It not only means outward ritual but inward involvement.  Too often we are in a hurry to get to lunch or preoccupied with some work we need to get done that afternoon.

So?  It may not be what Solomon meant but it still applies.  Take the time necessary to be involved with the word on a daily basis.  You don’t want to be worse off than a fool.


Gorges Smythe said...

My study is limited, but what I like to do is read Hally's Commentary before I read the scripture and the comments from a NASB study Bible afterward. That gives me a LITTLE more perspective than just reading the verses.

Pumice said...

A great sandwich is impossible without what is between the bread and is much better with something besides Wonder Bread. Sounds like it would work for me.

Grace and peace.