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, January 26, 2018

Door Mediation

(Proverbs 26:14 KJV)  As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.

“Doors” in Solomon’s day were totally passive.  They did not have hydraulic door closers or automatic doors.  Solomon, as king, probably never had to open a door.  Servants did it for him.  the “slothful” (sluggard NASB) (6102) is much the same. 

I can identify with this.  In my relationships with other people my sins usually are sins of omission, things I have not done.  There are many reasons, sometimes they are even legitimate.  More often the reason is sloth or lack of thoughtfulness.  Just this morning I was being accused of not doing something.  The accusation was correct.  I did not do it.  Now I am trying to learn to put aside the immediate guilt and mea cupla.  Instead I ask myself if this is really my problem.  In this case I had not even thought of doing the task.  On reflection I feel it was not something that needed to be done.  It is a judgement call and on reflection I find that the door did not need to be swung.

So?  For those of us who sin by omission we need to work on being alert and acting more.  For those who sin by commission you need to think before you act.  Both groups need to be patient with the other.

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