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, August 6, 2020

Webster’s Jealousy

(Pro 6:34 KJV) For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

“Jealousy” (7068).  This is not a word I think about much.  It is another one of those Hebrew words that can be used in a positive or negative way.  As I was looking at it I decided to access Webster’s 1828 dictionary in my software.  Since this is being used as a human emotion in response to adultery I thought one of the things Webster wrote was interesting.
“Jealousy is the apprehension of superiority.”
The cheating couple are both saying to the husband, “You are not good enough.”  When we experience this in any area of life it is a reflection of our feelings of inadequacy.  The reminder here is that adultery is sin, and a nasty one in the eyes of God and man.  The warning is that we need to make sure that we are not putting other people in that position. 

So?  There are a lot of behaviors we should avoid simply because they put other people in a compromising situation. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Passive Tense

(Pro 5:2 KJV) That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.

I don’t know about other people and other times in history but many Americans tend to be pragmatic in their approach to things like wisdom.  Why would I want it?  What do I do with it when I get it?  I ask myself these questions when I see the latest app for I-pads and I-phones.  I don’t know if you have ever scrolled through the Ap Store.  The resources are endless but again, why?

Wisdom is desirable not just because of what it helps us do but by what it helps us not do.  This is the word “discretion” (4209).  As you read through Proverbs you see some advice to do, such as work hard.  You also see a lot of encouragement to not do:  Keep your mouth shut.  Building Christian character is often what we avoid as much as what we pursue. 

So?  Spend some time meditating and considering.  Wisdom is for thinking as much as acting. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Who’s Serve

(Pro 4:11 KJV) I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.

This is Solomon speaking but it brings to my mind the question of God giving us direction.  It goes without saying that God is moving to bring everyone to salvation.  Well, maybe it needs to be said,
(2Pe 3:9 KJV) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
I hope that is clear enough for you.

Why does it not happen?  It would seem to me, as they say, “The ball is in your court.”  I believe that God moves to give everyone opportunity.  It usually does not start with someone presenting the Four Spiritual Laws.  It might be a decision to go right or left and you don’t see the connection with eternity but God does.

So?  God is giving us the direction we need to walk in righteousness.  We have another day to follow that guidance.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Disposable Income

(Pro 3:9 KJV) Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

Do you have any “wealth” (1952)?  If you are an American that is a stupid question.  The poorest of the poor in our country would be looked on as wealthy in most third world countries.  Picture a child with no shoes, one pair of clothes and two days without a decent meal.  Give him the loaded shopping carts of an American street person.  He would be in rapture.  If you are reading this you have an electronic device and electricity.  I would guess you have a roof and running water too.  We are wealthy.

The point here is not to quibble over tithing or if the giving is just on the first check.  It always amazes me how people have trouble with tithing.  I imagine God is going to have some long talks with them just as he will talk to me about my eating habits.

So?  Give.  Share.  Rejoice in the ability. 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Auditory Disconnect

(Pro 2:2 KJV) So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

It amazes me how often we don’t really listen.  I know I am guilty.  Sometimes it is because the person talking is repeating what they have said many times before.  Sometimes I have a hard time taking people seriously when I recognize that they don’t know what they are talking about.  Maybe they weren’t listening.  Maybe they edited their memory to fit their preconceptions.  Sometimes I am just tired.  Too often I am busy thinking about what I want to say.

So?  We cannot afford to be that way with the truth that God wants to share with us.  What is the point of consulting your GPS if  you are not going to listen to directions?  Don’t ask God for guidance if your mind is already made up. 

Saturday, August 1, 2020

No Toilet Paper

(Pro 1:27 KJV) When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.

We have a lot of things we worry about today.  Currently we are in hysteria about a virus and always looking over our shoulders because of the rioting going on.  We are told to prepare and be alert.  Good advice but the point here is that it could be too late.  Remember when there was a toilet paper shortage and people were running out?  I remember going to Cosco and seeing the empty pallets.  People were panicked.  “There is no toilet paper!” was the cry.  Actually there was toilet paper.  You just had to look a different place.  I remember being in a dollar store and seeing piles of it when Cosco was out.

A lot of people are like that in life.  When “desolation” (storm NASB) (7584) hits, they go to the same shallow pool of relief that they have always gone to and they come up empty.  It doesn’t mean that there is no succor available.  It means that they refuse to look where it is offered.  And the next verse says that it might actually be too late.

So?  I would advise not waiting until the flood waters are ready to overwhelm.  I would start getting in contact with the Shelter in the time of storms, and doing it now.