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, October 19, 2023

Call the Pinch Hitter

(Psa 131:1 KJV)  A Song of degrees of David. LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.

(Proverbs 19 also read)

This is another place where we can implement proof-texting and totally miss the point.  It would be easy to read this and think that we are to become simpletons with no responsibility to make decisions on the hard issues of life.  That would play right into Marx’s statement about religion being the opiate of the people.  

A couple of key words here.  One is the issue of the “proud” (1361b) “heart” (3820) [leb].  The other is how you understand what is too “difficult” (6381) for us.  I would suggest that one of the lessons we need to get from this is that there is a point where we let go.  Life is full of challenges.  Many demand that we step up to the plate and take our best swing.  Others are a time to bring in a pinch hitter.  

So?  Only you can know which is which.  I assume that I will make these moments of prayer that are preceded by a pattern of prayer.  When I know to back away I can do so with no guilt.  Last time I checked, God was still in charge. 

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