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, December 5, 2019

Smooth

(Pro 5:3 KJV) For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:

Have you ever felt like you had a speech impediment when you tried to speak?  You stumble and stutter.  You can’t remember the right word.  You struggle to find the end of a sentence.  You realize that your verb is not matching your noun.  I have been there.  I get that way when I need to leave a message on a voice mail abomination.  This reminds us that “smoother” (2509) speech is not necessary to be godly.

On the surface this warns us against people who are too glib.  It also should remind us that being genuine is more important than great rhetoric. 

So?  One of the turmoils of life that we are not to get all tensed up about is speaking like a professional.  Unless you are going to make radio commercials it won’t help you a lot. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Two Is Better than One

(Pro 4:3 KJV) For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

This is not a doctrinal proof text but is does go along with something that is consistent throughout scripture and through observation of life.  Children need both a father and a mother.  The reason we need to reinforce this is because our current cultural elites are trying to drive the father out of the home.  How many TV programs do you watch where there is a healthy family?  I can’t answer that because I don’t watch TV but I saw a pattern when I did.

The pattern is to have no man around or to make the man a fool.  This goes across the board.  My main memory of reading Berenstain Bears was that the father was a nice guy but pretty incompetent. 

So?  We need to keep reminding ourselves that our culture and out faith do not run on the same rails.  Keep checking. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

True Choice

(Pro 3:3 KJV) Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

“Truth” (571) is a choice.  That seems strange to people who believe that God exists and that He is the source of all truth.  It makes us oddballs.  I, for one, have a hard time with people of the left who reject objective truth, but they exist.  In fact they are the large majority in all of the areas of public forums such as education, media and politics.  You have a major school of philosophy called deconstruction that teaches meaning is different for everyone, totally subjective.

There will be areas that are vague.  That does not mean that there is no real truth.  We need to start with the clear truths that God gives us in the Bible and build our cloudy decisions based on those principles.

So?  Don’t let go of the anchor God has given us for making choices. 

Monday, December 2, 2019

Flattery May be True

(Pro 2:16 KJV) To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;

There are so many areas of our pride that the world “flatters” (2505b).  There are two words in the Hebrew that look the same to me but have slightly different meanings.  I am not sure how the translators decide on things like this.  One means to divide and the other means slippery.  I guess that is not a bad way to understand flattery.

The seduction of flattery is that we want to believe what people are saying.  The subtle part of flattery is that the statements might even be true.  Often we are disarmed in the battle of wits when someone points out that we are honest and reliable.  Somehow that can weaken our resistance to compromise.

So?  Beware of people saying nice things about you.  They might be true.  You might think it puts you in a special category. 

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Who’s Your Daddy

(Pro 1:1 KJV) The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;

Why does Solomon point out that David was his father?  It would have meant something to the people in his court.  Many of them had served David when he was king.  The further you went from Jerusalem the less notoriety would be attached to the name.  Today if you asked who David was and who Solomon was you might get a few bites on Solomon associated with wisdom but they would ask, “David who?”  Don’t even ask a modern high school graduate to locate Israel on a map.

Even a king who is remembered for his wisdom identifies with someone else.  He felt like having David for a father gave him more credibility.  You can see where I am going with this.  It is great if you can identify with a parent or sponsor.  It is even better if people recognize that you are a disciple of Jesus.  It gives you credibility even if they don’t recognize it.  It was impressive to be the son of David even if nobody knows who David is.

So?  Make Jesus proud today.