The Proverb For The Day

 

 

16:27-30, “An ungodly man digs up evil, and it is on his lips like a burning fire. A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates the best of friends. A violent man entices his neighbor, and leads him in a way that is not good. He winks his eye to devise perverse things; He purses (moves) his lips and brings about evil.” The writer is warning about the sinful path, one that should be avoided and certainly not followed. Sin can and will affect all areas of a persons like. The sinful dig a pit for others, brings trouble to his neighbor, and sets one friend against the other. The sinful are always seeking to lead others into a way that is not good. And they are slick about it too, winking at others while pulling you into their perverse ways. Sin has become so ease for them, they only need to move their lips to bring about evil. Those who wink behind your back are up to no good! Pastor Gary ><>   

15:19, “The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns, but the way of the upright is a highway.” The writer here contrasts between the man of apathy and a man with ambition. The lazy man's path through life is always blocked with problems and obstacles. He is continually running into trouble, much of it of his own making. He never gets anywhere, mostly because he doesn't want to get anywhere. He is always finding or imagining difficulties and hindrances in his path, which serve as excuses for his laziness. But on the other hand, the righteous man, fears the Lord and does his duty. His ambition is rewarded by the Lord and moves him along a highway where all the obstacles have been removed. And if any obstacle remains the Lord walks right through it with him. Laziness not only effects physically but spiritually as well. Be upright and you will walk upright! Pastor Gary ><>

14:18-19, “The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. The evil will bow before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.” A day is coming where everything is turned right-side up, putting things back in order. The foolish, wicked, good, and prudent will be put back in their rightful places. The simple takes possession of folly, feeds on it, leads others into it, and enjoys it. But the prudent are crowned with knowledge, as one writer said, “The wise is the only king.” And in the end every knee will bow to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. The final victory of good over evil is set forth here. But for now, the wicked may appear successful although it will not last, they will in the end bow to the righteous King. Be careful not to look at the way things are now but how they will be. Pastor Gary ><>  

13:19, “A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, but it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.” Desire here is toward that which is good and honest, and when it is fulfilled and realized, it is a source of joy and comfort to the wise. But this is not so for the fool, for he will not abandon evil for good and to do so would be considered by him a detestable desire. It’s hard to believe that for the sake of evil pleasures the fool will not give up his plans but instead pursues what he has set his heart on. All who say, “I know this is not right but” and then continues in it is guilty of quenching the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). “The voice of the Spirit of God is as gentle as a summer breeze – so gentle that unless you are living in complete fellowship and oneness with God, you will never hear it” (O.C. 8/13). Those who say, “I know this is not right but” have no fellowship with God. Pastor Gary ><>

12:14, “A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, and the recompense of a man's hands will be rendered to him.” A man’s words, and walk are important, his words can bring satisfaction and his work can bring reward. A man’s words and works are like seeds and if they are wise, pure, and kind, they will bring forth the fruit of love, favor, and respect. But those who talk one way and live another are a very confusing example about how to live. And they are usually angry, unhappy, and very difficult to satisfy. We no doubt choose how we live but just remember we will produce fruit accordingly. There is always a harvest time and like it or not the only fruit that a person brings in is the kind in which he planted. The way to produce something different is to plant something different. Planting season will soon end! But harvest season meets us in eternity. Pastor Gary ><>

11:24-26, “There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself. The people will curse him who withholds grain, but blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.” Every farmer understands the principle stated here. The farmer that sows little reaps little, but the farmer that sows much reaps much. It’s the difference between stingy and generous with all things in life. God has created us to be generous and will bless us when we are, but when we are stingy, we will suffer poverty. And look at the greedy act of those who hold their grain until famine prices. The greedy are always looking for ways to get more and charge more for what they sell or rent. Just remember what you withhold, God withholds. But be generous, and be blessed! Pastor Gary ><>

10:16, “The labor of the righteous leads to life, the wages of the wicked to sin.” We all labor for wages. Most ask about the wages before they even consider taking a job. The writer promises a reward for the labor of the righteous and the wicked. Sense their labor is different so are their rewards. All actions no matter righteous or evil have an immediate and or prolonged result. The result should be considered before determining any action in life. Righteousness leads to life but evil leads to death. He who makes it his business to live a righteous life, God will make it His business to reward with life. But he who makes it his business to pursue evil, God will make it His business to reward with death. And just remember the house built on the sand stands as firmly as the house built on the rock until the storm comes. What you are pursuing now is leading somewhere, do you know where? Pastor Gary ><>

9:14-15, “For she sits at the door of her house, on a seat by the highest places of the city, to call to those who pass by, who go straight on their way.” Just as wisdom has a voice, so does sin but it’s used to tempt and draw you into sin. Verses 13-18 describe sins plea to join her. The writer wants his readers to consider the consequences of listening to her voice. She has no shame and sits herself in a notable place, shouts with a loud voice to all those that pass by. There are those who go willingly seeking the company of sinners and walk right into the trap and get entangled. And then there are those who have no intent of evil, pass on by, but sin cast out a little further, calling a little louder so that she might entangle them too. Temptation is a part of life therefore we should always be ready to withstand her voice. Listen instead to the voice of wisdom and you can withstand! Pastor Gary <><

8:6-8, “Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things; for my mouth will speak truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips...” Christ a one-word description for wisdom. If you follow Christ you will have good sense, understanding, instruction, knowledge, and sound judgment. And you will experience happiness and life. The struggle is to get people to obey Wisdom. Wisdom is calling but people aren’t following. In the New Testament Christ came “to bear witness to the truth” (John18:37), and He came as the living truth Himself (John 14:6). Christ wants us to know Him and believe in Him for He is life. And it’s noticeable when men believe as well as when they don’t. Read the rest of the chapter and see for yourself. God’s Word is more than information its transformation to all those who will follow Christ. Pastor Gary <><

7:5, That they (wise words) may keep you from the immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters with her words.” Words that prove most powerful are words of wisdom. This woman can use words to tempt, but you can hide words in your heart that will protect! Words that protect are filled with wisdom, council, and life. They are to be hid in a man’s heart so that they can’t be stolen or lost, but easily retrieved. These words “keep you” and they are from God. These words have never failed men but men have failed these words. Men fail when they don’t listen, follow, or act upon these words. These words that belong to God cannot be improved upon, changed, or rearranged, they need only be obeyed! If men play around with God’s words they will not only lose their integrity, but their souls! Keep these words because these words can “keep you.” Pastor Gary <><

6:33-35, Wounds and dishonor he will get, and his reproach will not be wiped away. For jealousy is a husband's fury; therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will accept no recompense, nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts.” The writer adds two more things that await the adulterer and fornicator – (wounds) personal chastisement and (dishonor) loss of reputation! Jealousy awakens and inflames the wrath and anger of a man or husband to its highest level. It evokes the strongest feelings for revenge. And the injured husband will not show any mercy to the adulterer, the man who has wronged him so deeply. Many gifts, each increasing in value, may be offered, but he will not forego his right to revenge. Men treat sin so lightly, yet it has no forgiveness, apart from faith in Christ. And if one is in Christ he will not live in sin! Pastor Gary ><>       

5:13-14, I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me! I was on the verge of total ruin, in the midst of the assembly and congregation.” The disobedient man admits he had teachers but did not regard their warnings and reproofs. And to heighten his shamelessness he was unrestrained even in the presence of the assembly of God’s people. How senseless is sin, it embraces a short-lived pleasure only to reject a life-long joy? It hurts and cost not only you but all those around you! Why exchange lawful and honorable love for shameful lust? Why turn away from a life God blesses to a life of total ruin? How bitter is self-disappointment, remorse, and regret for such sin. To avoid such sin, listen and obey God and His people! Pastor Gary <><

4:5, Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.” We find above an exhortation about wisdom and now the father is more specify about his reader getting it. The father continues in v.13 “take firm hold…do not let go…Keep her, for she is your life.” There is as much instruction of warning in this chapter as there is exhortation. The father not only points out what is to be done but also what is to be avoided, this is good teaching. Wisdom and understanding are put forth as a salesman puts forth his product to the consumer, “get” both (v.7). The father with his words shows the importance of the value of wisdom, it’s priceless and one should never forget it or turn from it. The encouragement to “listen” to the words of the wise seems easy enough but so few listen today. Wisdom, get it, keep it, and don’t forget it! Pastor Gary ><>

3:27-31 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it,’ When you have it with you. 29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor, for he dwells by you for safety's sake. 30 Do not strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm. 31 Do not envy the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.” The value of treating others correctly is pleasing to the Lord and helpful to men. We should never be selfish with what we have, people have needs and if we have means we should help today and not send them away. And be at peace with your neighbor; don’t cause trouble because of a bad attitude or a quarrelsome spirit. And last don’t be envious over cruel or bad people; their prosperity is superficial at best and their life will end in ruin. Pastor Gary ><>

2:5, Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.” Look at the promises again. When will you? When the “if” conditions of the previous verses are met. Wisdom is the subject, if you receive (v.1), if you cry out (v.3), if you seek (v.4) you will understand and find knowledge. To understand implies the power to discern what it means to fear, reverence, and respect the Lord. You will also find the knowledge needed to know God. To know what pleases Him, to know how to grow spiritually, and to know how to stay under the blessings of God. I have God’s Word and with His wisdom I can understand what I read, know how to apply and live the way that pleases God. Meet the “if” conditions of God to know God, live as if they don’t exist and live foolishly without God here and forever! Pastor Gary <><

1:8-9, “My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother; for they will be a graceful ornament on your head, and chains about your neck.”  I realize that not all parents are wise and a few are not even good parents, but Solomon was both, therefore anyone can learn from him. Wise teachings are to be obeyed and parents are to be respected because their instructions will benefit us throughout life. Solomon and his wife were his parents and have made the largest investment, more than anyone else, in their son. They loved him and with their best in mind for him, they helped him mature hopefully into a godly man. It would be important for him to hear with the intent to obey and to not forsake their teaching even when temptations would be strongly pulling against him. When teaching and obedience come together life can be transformed! Pastor Gary ><>

30:6, “Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.” God’s word should simple be accepted and acted upon. It should not be watered down or over stated. All men have been warned in the Old and New Testament about what happens to those who add or take away from God’s word, plagues and eternal death (Deut. 4:2; 12:32 and Rev. 22:18-19). Men that have changed God’s word have always caused others to go astray into confusion, evil, judgment, and death. Look at our own nation and how it’s changing God’s word about homosexuality, abortion, etc. And now we look at all the strange weather, economic failure; record breaking killings, and we want to blame global warming, guns, etc. The reproof of adding is found in such consequences and they will get worse. Our only hope, is to turn back to God and stay true to His Word. Pastor Gary <><

29:10 (MSG), “Murderers hate honest people; moral folks encourage them.”  Honest people are a stumbling block to wicked, and evil people. Honest speech, actions, and life are a condemning presence to those who live unrighteous lives. If there were no righteous people, murderers and the like could and would live without restraint. And if it means getting rid of moral and honest people to live like they want, then that’s what they will try and do. But honest people do have moral folks on their side. Our attitude toward the upright reveals our own nature. Moral people know the importance of honest people and their influence, to encourage, support, and maintain the law. Honest and moral people must continue to stand for what is right, and by doing so we stand against murderers. It’s alright to be hated for right things. Pastor Gary ><>

28:6, 11, “Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich. The rich man is wise in his own eyes, but the poor who has understanding searches him out.” A rich man thinks so highly of his position, is so flattered about himself, that he appoints himself above others in many ways. Someone wrote, “Most men would vote for riches if they had the opportunity at the price of all its inconveniences, and we need to be reminded that he who would sell his peace of conscience for wealth does but ‘gain a loss.’ Better go to heaven in rags than to hell in embroidery.” Integrity is the real worth of life it cannot be bought but it can be lost to compromise. No matter rich or poor our moral compass must stay pointed to purity and righteousness. In this case better is the poor! Put the sign out, “Integrity not for sell!” Pastor Gary ><>

27:23-27, Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and attend to your herds; for riches are not forever, nor does a crown endure to all generations. When the hay is removed, and the tender grass shows itself, and the herbs of the mountains are gathered in, the lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field; You shall have enough goats' milk for your food, For the food of your household, And the nourishment of your maidservants.” In other words, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Never think the way things are will be the way things will remain. Things always change therefore we must be diligent with all that we have throughout life. Power and position can be taken or just simple fade away and it could be the smaller things that we remained diligent to that now provides for all our needs. Be diligent! Pastor Gary ><>

26:11, As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” Gross right, it’s just his nature! And true of the fool, he never frees himself from the shackles of his foolishness. The fool’s deeds and words always bear the same character to the end. The same truth holds true for the sinner especially the drunkard and the sensualist. Even if they feel temporary regret, and reject their sin, they do not really shake it off completely. Now because sin and foolishness has become second nature to them they soon relapse to it (read the verse again). The only hope to cure such a foolish nature and nation is Jesus Christ and regretfully men are not turning to Him! Instead they continue to return to their own folly, I guess they think the result will be different! Regretfully, I guess you could say our nation is going to the dogs! Pastor Gary <><

25:20, Like one who takes away a garment in cold weather, and like vinegar on soda, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.” It’s not whether our friends need advice, rebuke, or encouragement at times, now just may not be a good time! When the heart is heavy the ear is dull, feelings are raw, and understanding is difficult. Someone wrote, “I was sitting, torn by grief. Someone came and talked to me of God’s dealings, of why it happened, of hope beyond the grave. He talked constantly; he said things I knew were true. I was unmoved, except I wished he’d go away. He finally did. Another came and sat beside me. He didn’t talk. He didn’t ask leading questions. He just sat beside me for an hour or more, listened when I said something, answered briefly, prayed simply, left. I was moved. I was comforted. I hated to see him go.”  Silence sometimes is the best remedy! Pastor Gary ><>

24:11-12, Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Surely we did not know this,’ Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” The teaching is this and how often have we heard it, “No man is an island.” God has created us in such a way that we are all bound together, our lives and our interests, so that we are under serious obligation to one another. We know the temptation and suffering of others and we are to help (read Luke 10:25-31) dare we pass by on the other side. No excuse will release us of our duty, when a brother needs an encouraging word, a helping hand, or relief from suffering; take time and the resources to help him! God knows our response and will curse or bless accordingly. Pastor Gary <><

23:26-28, My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways. For a harlot is a deep pit, and a seductress is a narrow well. She also lies in wait as for a victim, and increases the unfaithful among men.” The true resource for safety is found in whom you entrust your heart and eyes to. This safety is in the heart and eyes of those surrendered to God and His wisdom. If the heart is already polluted, He can wash it and make it clean. But if you yield your heart to the prince of this world (Satan) you become the enemy of God and His wisdom. Without God’s wisdom you will be unable to withstand the temptation of the harlot, fall into her trap, become her victim, and be counted among the unfaithful! The writer is encouraging each of his readers to give God your heart and eyes, for only His ways can provide safety. Happy Thanksgiving! Pastor Gary ><>

22:14, “The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.”  The idea of theology may be the thought here. In this case the word strange or foreign woman is very appropriate, seeing that perversions of belief and worship were always introduced into Israel from external sources. The women likely was a Canaanite who served as a temple prostitute. By her “mouth” is meant her reckless, seductive words, which entice a man to the destruction of body and soul. He who has turned from belief in God by unfaithfulness and sinfulness is left to himself to fall prey to the allurements of the wicked woman (Ec.7:26). Temptations, always dress in many different forms, each with the intent to draw us away from God. And it’s when we fall to temptations and away from God that leads to our ruin. When her voice wins, you lose! Pastor Gary ><>

21:22, “A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and brings down the trusted stronghold.” Wisdom is much more powerful than a man’s big mouth or for that matter his mighty walls. The Trojan horse is a good example of wisdom and it was the idea of one Greek solider and with it they took down the great city of Troy. Wisdom will always prove more powerful than might. As bad as I hate to say it we need a lot more wisdom in Washington and a lot less might. We need some wise people thinking more about what to do instead of trying to be mighty. The Greeks spent ten years fighting the Trojans with might without success. But through the wisdom of one great idea they defeated the Trojans overnight. It will take wise men to scale the difficult challenges we face as a nation, but until such men step up, we will continue to be held by strongholds that don’t work. Pastor Gary ><>

20:21, “Getting rich quick (or the wrong way) may turn out to be a curse.” Here we find the sin of greed. It springs from excessive, irregular, wrong desire, and generally from an ill-lived life. Go to goggle and type in “what happens to lottery winners.” One article reads, “As America salivates [longs for] over the $590 million Powerball prize  won by a Floridian, we're reminded that winning the lottery will not solve all problems. In fact many people's lives became notably worse after they got super rich, and they managed to lose it all in no time” (businessinsider.com). The wise will wait on God’s order, and distinguish between the necessary and the luxurious, and seek no enterprise outside a proper vocation. We would do well to arm ourselves against this unholy temptation and avoid the curse which comes along with it. For all ill-gotten wealth will never prosper! Pastor Gary ><>

19:10, “Luxury is not fitting for a fool, much less for a servant to rule over princes.” The writer is dealing with things that are out of place. How odd they look and how they lack the ability to live or lead in such positions. The fool cannot handle “luxury” in fact it will make him more foolish. He lacks the wisdom to use “luxury” with self-control, therefore it will become his ruin. Discipline is the key to not only luxury, and leadership, but to everything in life. When a person fails to recognize his abuse of anything he becomes out of control. He will hurt instead help, speak when he should be silent, and spend when he should save. The fool does not see that he is controlled and not in control. His lavish living will break him, and his overpowering leadership will cause those around him to resent and flee. Be careful about things out of place. Pastor Gary ><>

18:2, “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.”  You have seen these people before they take pleasure in expressing their own folly. Their opinion is most important and to them it’s the only one that counts. And they don’t mind expressing it (Look at verses 6-7, 13). The fool’s lips are his snare and he is out to contend with all who disagree with him but destruction will be his end. The foolish seek out people that will agree with them and if they look long enough they will usually find a few to side with them no matter how foolish they are. They are so convincing that at times you wonder are they right! But you be careful that you continue to take pleasure in understanding (Look at v.4), you’re not wrong the fool is. No matter how convincing someone might be, make sure it’s the truth first before you make a costly decision. Pastor Gary <><

17:25, “A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her who bore him.”  If you were to go back to verses19-21 you would find the same foolish son. He is foolish in his motives (v.19), foolish with his tongue (v.20), and foolish toward his father (v.21). And here in verse 25 he is even foolish toward his mother. He is the way he is because of what he loves, what he seeks, and who he walks with. He has caused sorrow to family and friends, and created an atmosphere where joy cannot exist. His problems are many, but the major problem is he can’t even see that he is the real problem. The fool will stay true to himself and blame others for all his troubles. More than likely we have all seen someone like this, and what he does not need is sympathy. He needs to hear the truth, and that may hurt him, but “Truth” is the only thing that can help him. Jesus is the truth he needs. Pastor Gary ><>