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.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Sometimes the Fourth Time Is the Charm

(Proverbs 4:12 KJV)  When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

Have you ever claimed that you followed the directions and the item still did not go together correctly?  Think of toys assembled at Christmas.  For me this would be true of almost any auto repair that I attempt.  It never seems to come together.  I recently built some shelves in the garage.  I had an idea of what I was trying to do and yet I always seemed to be one board short or have the wrong length of screw.  I don’t know how many trips I made to the material store.  I don’t know how many boards I needed to lengthen.  But I got the job done.

Was my project “straitened” (impeded NASB) (6887a)?  Yes, because I interpret this as slowing me down and making things difficult.  The word has more an idea of stop or prevent.  I was out of my element.  If you want me to write a paragraph, consider it done.  If you want me to cut a board straight, go away and come back in a week and we will see if it is done.  Sometimes wisdom gives us the blueprint to keep going.  Sometimes wisdom gives us a standard that lets us know we are still not square.

So?  Wisdom will keep us going until we arrive.  I would rather take the express but sometimes the local is the only train available. 


Gorges Smythe said...

I was doing okay reading the Chinese-printed instructions one day until I came to the part that told to put the "happy" bolt in a certain hole and all I had was an angry one. - lol

Pumice said...

Maybe you were holding it at the wrong end.

Grace and peace