(Proverbs 8:3 KJV) She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
What does a “gate” (opening NASB) (6310) involve? The Hebrew word literally means “mouth”. I think we can see how this would apply here. We run into openings in our life on a regular basis. Even I, retired and by nature sedentary, regularly speak to people I have never seen before on a regular basis from waitresses to doctors. I go in stores I have never visited. I visit web sites that are new to me. Every one of these is an opportunity to reach out and touch the world. It could be a new relationship of any kind. It could be a new job or position, a new acquaintance, a new home or just standing in line with “new” people.
It would be encouraging if we would learn to look at every new restaurant as a chance to spread a little wisdom. I watched a friend do this the other day. He is at a stage where he is thinking about the Old Testament dietary laws and their possible benefits. God did not make them up arbitrarily and although they are not binding on those of us outside the Old Covenant they still had a reason. Right now he is avoiding bacon and in the ordering at the restaurant the waiter got concerned because he thought there might be a little bacon grease in something and the problem might be an allergy. It lead to a good discussion and wisdom was dispensed in a polite and civil manner.
So? Look for the gates and the opening to dispense the truth of God. It might be love. It might be morality. It might be eternal.
Sunday, April 8, 2018
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