The Proverb For The Day

 

 

11:27-28, “He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, but trouble will come to him who seeks evil. He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage.” Both the good and evil seek, and both will be rewarded, favor for good and trouble for evil. It seems that everyone would seek good, but how we see so often the pursuit of evil by many. If there is consistent trouble in your life you might want to question what you’re seeking. The principle of consequence will not change, but what you seek can be changed. Every action comes with consequences. If you want the favor of God which is all the elements of His blessings trust Him and seek good. If you trust your riches you will fall. But if evil is all you seek expect trouble at every turn. You chose what you seek God chooses what you get! Pastor Gary <><

10:9, He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known.” Integrity is a rare quality these days, but for those who have it, they walk “securely.” They honestly and earnestly seek guidance from the Lord. They walk “securely” because, God leads them where they go, teaches them what to do and how to act, in all relationships. Instead of moving to the right or the left they walk straight on the path of justice, purity, and righteousness. They walk “securely” because on this path they will find no snares of sin or the stumbling blocks of folly scattered about. But this is not true of the other; he “perverts” his ways. His path is filled with all the snares of sin and folly. He stumbles and gets entangled almost with every step, and he will be known by his foolishness. Walk with integrity and “securely! 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 will withstand! Pastor Gary <><

8:14-16, “Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth.”  John Phillips wrote, “Solomon reviewed the entire judiciary, from the supreme court (as represented by the king) to the district courts (as represented by the princes and nobles) on down to the local courts (as represented by the judges). If there is one thing a man must have if he is to occupy a position of authority over other men, it is wisdom. A wise ruler will reign in the affections of his people. A man who makes foolish decisions and hands down unfair or unfounded sentences will soon earn his people's hatred.” We need leaders to lead with wisdom, not political correctness. Wisdom’s trademark on men is the fear of God opposing the foolishness of men. Please God give us such a man today! Pastor Gary ><>

7:21, With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, with her flattering lips she seduced him.” If you fail to heed words of wisdom (Vs.1-5), you will fail to resist her enticing and flattering lips! She will influence your mind and bend your will toward her purpose. Her words are filled with eloquence and evil. Her speech tempts, offering something desirable, it’s just enough to cause you to yield and take notice of her. That second look from you is just what she wanted, the net is now cast and you’re the victim! She has talked you over and indeed you have now come to her bed. The power to resist is over and with your heart filled with lust she seduces you. When it is over she is not filled with regret, guilt, or shame! She has fulfilled her goal, and left you in ruin! Never underestimate the power of words, God’s words will keep you, her words will destroy. Pastor Gary <><

6:16-19, These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.”  The language is strong with the word “hate” as toward an enemy, one that runs purposefully toward “sin” this disgust the Lord. If I am guilty of even one of these in the list I am guilty of them all. Although the Lord does not hate the sinner (John 3:16) He does hate the sin. The sinner can be separated from his sin only by the blood of Jesus. And if the sinner refuses such grace he ultimately dies in his sin and condemns him or herself to hell. Hate what God hates, sin, and love whom God loves sinners. Share the good news about Jesus today, and give others an opportunity to respond. Pastor Gary <><

5:3-4, For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil; But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.” Her words may be as sweet as honey and as smooth as oil, but she will poison your spirit and take your life. Her words are powerfully persuasive and hard to resist. She with her lips and mouth promises pleasure, and enjoyment, but conceals her final effects of anguish, remorse, and death. The picture of her sharp two-edged sword is that one edge of her mouth is smooth as oil, while the other edge is sharp and full of lies and death. The only weapon forged against such a sin as any sin is wisdom and reverence for the Lord (Vs.1-2). This world is full of men and women who have been “caught in the cords” of their sin. If we would look at the end results first, we would turn away from her. Pastor Gary <><

4:5, Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.” We find here 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 ><>

3:33-35, The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the just. Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble. The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools.” These verses describe the blessings of the wise and the scorn of the wicked. There are three characteristics of those whom God blesses. First just, they do what is right to others honestly, fairly, and considerately. Second humble, they are aware of their own failures and unworthiness. And last wise, they have the attitude of inquiry towards God, desiring truth, knowledge, and doing His will. God will give them grace, bless their homes, and exalt them in the end. But the wicked reject the council of God, yield to sin, and scoff at sacred things. God will scoff at them, curse their homes, and hold His hand against their hopes. Shame will be their only legacy! 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 <><

1:32 “For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.”  Wisdom speaks and invites all to come and receive instruction, correction, and knowledge. Wisdom provides all that’s needed to turn away from temptation, discern the will of God, and live life skillfully. Yet the simple or foolish turn away, seek sin and self-satisfaction, the very things that will destroy them. The foolish seem to have a heavy influence on others; their life style is appealing, alluring, and compromising (V.10). The foolish hurt not only themselves, but seek to hurt others as well (V.14). The foolish refuse to believe that there will be eternal consequences of their decisions; therefore, they live temporal lives. They have allowed the world to enslave them and it will “slay” them too. “Wisdom shouts in the streets wherever crowds gather” (V.20) don’t ignore her voice. Pastor Gary ><>

30:29-31, “There are three things which are majestic in pace, Yes, four which are stately in walk: A lion, which is mighty among beasts and does not turn away from any; A greyhound, A male goat also, and a king whose troops are with him.” Four things which are stately in their goings, their movements are regarded with admiration by those who watch them. Should this not be the pace and walk of our spiritual life, so majestic and stately, others follow. Our daily life should be so consistent to keep us from self-reproach and condemnation, so noble to attract men to the Divine source of all that we are and have. When a man allows the Spirit of God control, he has command of his spiritual life (king), possesses enough strength to overcome temptation (lion), and moral symmetry (greyhound). Our lives should always attract others to the Lord! Pastor Gary ><>

29:18, “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.” This nation rejects the revelation of God, rejects the power of prayer, and is busy trying to change the laws of God. True life is found only in Jesus Christ, but when men reject God’s revelation and only way to salvation they have no knowledge of Him. To reject God leads to disobedience, unbelief, and spiritual separation. To be separated from God is to be destitute of all His blessings and favor, of all that brings joy and happiness, and of all that God has done to bring man eternal life. Without eternal life man is perishing day by day and death will be his final reward. Where the Word and will of God are unknown there is a plunge morally! But “happy” is the man that walks in the revelation of God and lives in obedience to Jesus Christ! Pastor Gary <><

28:23, “He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward than he who flatters with the tongue.” Man would rather be flattered but rebuke at times is needed. There can be no real friendship where one man cannot rebuke another. A true friend cannot hide from another his disappointment or dissatisfaction. Many are they whose character is seriously defective, and whose usefulness suffers considerably because of a lack of discipline. They are not told of their faults, they are allowed to deepen their roots and multiply their bad fruits because no wise and faithful friend brings rebuke. A man who tells a man his faults, brings him home to his conscience, and brings attention to his downward course, and it is an important mark of true friendship! “Brother, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back…” (James 5:19-20). Pastor Gary ><>

27:19, As in water face reflects face, so a man's heart reveals the man.” (Also see verses 5, 6, 9, 10; 17). There can be no true friendship where one heart does not answer to another as the face reflected from a mirror answers to that which is before it. There are four services of friendships. First correction, “open rebuke is better than hidden love” they can help in a defective area of your character which you cannot see (vs.5-6). Second refreshment, life is hard at times and friends are like perfume (v.9). Third comfort, the friend that is near is closer than a brother he will open his heart and pour out sympathy to strengthen and sustain us (v.10). And last encouragement, to urge honorable accomplishments, right behavior, and Christian devotion (v.17). A friendship that cannot walk in the light of these truths is not friendship at all! Pastor Gary <><

26:10, “The great God who formed everything gives the fool his hire and the transgressor his wages.” The word for “fool” here is translated “dense” or “stupid” and refers especially to that form of stupidity which expresses itself in sinfulness. The fool is as bad as the transgressor and God's judgment awaits both. This kind of fool says that there is no God or lives as though there is no God. Psalm 14, paints a portrait of this kind of fool, and indicates that his disregard of God is linked not so much to his mind as to his morals. The problem is not that a person cannot believe in God, but that he will not believe in God. And his disbelief can be traced to his love of sin. Foolishness is evident, but we seem always to pass it off as something else. To sympathize with fools will never help them or turn them in the right direction. You live for God, and leave them to God. Pastor Gary ><>

25:11, A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Our words should never fall to the ground as empty, idle, or vain! Our words are powerful therefore be careful when and how we speak them. As fragrance from fruit trees and the worth of gold are the words encouraged to be spoken here! Our words must come from a true heart, a heart fixed upon God through faith in Jesus Christ. Our words should also help a person grow spiritually, find comfort in sorrow, strength in weakness, and hope for the future. Our words should be kind, thoughtful, and filled with joy. Our words should move from one person to another with understanding, common sense, and practical application. If our words don’t include some of these qualities, then consider not speaking them. For many, this could be a speechless day! Pastor Gary <><

24:15-16 “Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; Do not plunder his resting place; For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.” We find here a warning for those who are plotting the ruin of a good man, with the idea of plundering after the disaster. The picture is of false charges being brought against or violence if needed to oust the righteous man from his home and belongings. The wicked man lies in wait for his opportunity to take what does not belong to him. The righteous man is not without trouble from these kinds of things (V.15), but he never loses his trust in God and always finds God’s providence watching over him and delivering him out of all afflictions. In contrast the righteous will recover, but the wicked suffer calamity, there is no hope for them. Pastor Gary <><

23:12, “Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge.” Instruction and knowledge without application is a waste of time. How many have tried to put something together without the instructions. They were ignored, thrown away, or put aside and only used if at all, as a last resort. We suffer needlessly when we fail to make application of the knowledge we hear or read. Life has an instruction book the Word of God. And when we fail to read, study, believe and apply God’s Word we will suffer needlessly too. How many come and go into worship, Bible study, and Christian fellowship without belief or application? Just because the ears heard it does not mean the heart received it. Apply the truth of God’s Word. Resulting in a three-fold reward: first doing God’s will, second having a fulfilled life, and third the assurance of being ready to stand before Christ. Pastor Gary <><

22:24-25, “Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man do not go, lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul.” How bad it is to lose command of ourselves and act or speak with a rough, mean and loud voice when we consider that: First it is wrong. God gave us the ability to control ourselves but when we allow ourselves to be irritated and provoked to anger we fail to fulfill our heavenly Father’s purpose. Second, it exhibits folly. He shows that he is not the wise man that he was intended to be. He shows again how soon and how easily a good man may be overcome, and lead from the path of wisdom! And lastly it leads to evil. We are never at our best when we are angry. Our judgment, and mental facilities are disordered and we will act and speak in ways that bring regret! Anger breeds anger, so why make such a person your teacher? Pastor Gary ><>

21:13, “Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be heard.” If you want to be heard in your times of need you must also hear others in their times of need. No need seems important until it comes to your own. It’s then that you expect to be heard and some action taken to meet your need. But what about the voices of the poor that you turned a deaf ear to. Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom” (Luke 6:13). The characteristic of Jesus’ followers must be generosity and mercy. And James wrote, “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment” (6:38). We are not to judge the poor but help them in their time of need. The writer is not talking about those who are lazy but those who are poor. Pastor Gary ><>

20:8, “A king who sits on the throne of judgment scatters all evil with his eyes.” I have never experienced the look of a king but I have experienced the look of a parent, most of you know that look. That look that seems like they can see within and it feels like they know the truth from the lie your about to tell. In fact, that look is so intimidating that you go ahead and tell the truth. And for those who lie just know that most parents know that you did. I will one day stand before a King and look into His eyes. And nothing unrighteous can stand before Him. We see here the characteristics of the Messiah the great King whose "eyes behold, whose eyelids try, the children of men" (Psalm 11:4). Our parent’s eyes are nothing compared to my King’s eyes. And the only reason I can stand before Him is because of the righteousness of His Son Jesus whom I have believed in. All others will be scattered. Pastor Gary ><>   

19:23, The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil.” Satisfaction comes from the Lord and He gives it to His people. Satisfaction can only be found in “life” it comes to those who fear the Lord. Fear is manifested by a life of reverence, trust, love, obedience, and submission attaining more and more to the Lord’s own spiritual likeness, this is “life” itself! Evil loses its appeal for those who fear the Lord. They know that all they go through the Lord is with them, keeping them from folly, fraud, vice, moral corruption, and from eternal death, which is dreaded most. The man who is living in the fear of God and in love with Jesus may go on his way without anxiety in his heart, for he has the promise that all things shall work together for good – even in the unpleasant things of life! Pastor Gary <><

18:3, “When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; And with dishonor comes reproach.”  The word translated "wicked" indicates a godless person. He goes forward in evil, adding sin to sin, he ends by casting all shame aside scoffing at human and divine law, saying in his heart there is no God. We find here a sad progression which starts with "contempt" leads to "shame" and then leads to "disgrace." We have often heard that it can’t get any worse than this, it does for the godless. He plunges to a depth of hopelessness, yet the saddest thing about his condition is that he does not even care, and blind to the depth and consequences of his sin. The wicked have went so far down their not even aware that there is a way up any longer. The light is gone out and death has already consumed them. Dead men walking! Pastor Gary ><>

17:24, Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.” Most everyone has heard, “Keep your eye on the ball” the writer is telling us to “Keep our eye on wisdom”. As we look on wisdom, wisdom looks on us, guiding us into right paths, giving us strength to overcome temptations, and providing humility for right relationships. To live without wisdom is foolish and man’s focus becomes worldly. A fool has no one object in sight he pursues many different things and he is unable to grasp anyone of them. Because of all his pursuits he misses the most important one, understanding that would have aided him in finding and obtaining wisdom. What do you have your eye on, wisdom or the earth?  Pastor Gary ><>

16:18-19, Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” Great emphasis is found in Scripture on the evil of pride and the value of humility. Pride is that which convinces a man that he has pulled himself up to succeed, weather in business, relationships, health, wealth, or any other area of life. Ultimately, we owe everything to the Lord, and the thought that our success is of our own is a false thought. Pride is constantly forgetful of the heavenly source of all our blessings. On the other hand, humility is founded on a true view of our hearts condition. Humility is the true gateway into the kingdom of God. It is the humble heart, conscious of error and sin and therefore seeks the Savior. Humility is the guide that leads our spirit straight to the cross of our Redeemer! Pastor Gary ><>

15:29, “The Lord is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.” How many pray with no One listening – all the wicked. To be wicked is to be morally wrong, ungodly, and actively sinful. By “far” the Lord is out of sympathy, is displeased, and inaccessible to the wicked. He has cut them off and the only way for God to come near is for them to draw near to Him through faith in Jesus Christ. But the righteous He hears. The righteous are His children; they have been made righteous by faith in His Son Jesus Christ. The Lord listens when the righteous pray, He has an interest in their lives, and He accepts their worship. But remember the Lord sets Himself at a distance from those who set Him at a distance. Draw near to God! Pastor Gary <><

14:11, “The house of the wicked will be overthrown, but the tent of the upright will flourish.”  The content of ever house shall be exposed in the days to come if not already. One will be overthrown and the other will flourish. The wicked build their houses on all the wrong things in life although they are convinced their building will last, but it won’t (The Wagner family brought down after two years). “The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous will stand” (Prov.12:7). But note the “tent” of the upright, it will flourish. It’s only a “tent” how can it last, because the home of the righteous is a place where God is in residence, where He feels at home, where He is acknowledged and made welcome. In turn God will bless this tent all the way into eternity. What is your house built upon? Pastor Gary ><>

13:6, Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.” I have always heard, “what you see is what you get”, but what you don’t see is usually what you end up with. Time in a relationship has a way of revealing the true identity of a person. Almost anyone can put up a front for a short time. But someone with true righteousness maintains integrity and proves to be blameless. Their righteousness is based upon faith in God and His moral order. Therefore, the righteous man lives by moral principles and a fixed purpose of mind and heart to live blameless. But the sinner can only maintain a superficial posture for a short time and then given the right condition he is exposed. Wickedness is his true character; his moral decay has eaten away at his reputation, possessions, and health. Seek righteousness! Pastor Gary <><

12:16, Losing your temper is foolish; ignoring an insult is smart.” When it comes to an insult you have an opportunity to act foolishly or smart! Your reaction to an insult does not make you foolish or smart it simple reveals which one you are. It’s smart to walk away, when we don’t we place ourselves on the same level with the aggressor. Consider either you have deserved the affront, or you have not. If you have deserved it, submit to it as chastisement, and if you have not considered it a test of your integrity and walk away. Be smart and follow the example of our Lord. When He was reviled He reviled not but submitted Himself to His Father’s will. Jesus’ whole behavior at His trial should cause each of us to ignore any insult that comes our way! Before this day is over we will more than likely have a chance to prove ourselves foolish or smart. Be like Jesus! Pastor Gary <><