The Proverb For The Day

 

 

7:24, Now therefore, listen to me, my children; Pay attention to the words of my mouth…” The writer has warned (Vs.6-27) about the foolishness and unfaithfulness of men and women. He has given information as to the cost, and consequences of sleeping with another man’s wife, and how to avoid rushing into such a trap. The writer started out speaking to his “son” (V.1) now he directs his teachings to all young men. His teaching is necessary for all that are strong in passion, will, and wanting in experience. Information is transformation only when it is practically applied to our lives. The danger comes when we fail to apply these truths to our lives, and so many fails to do so. When people fail to apply God’s Word, they sow seeds that bring heavy consequences that bear down on them and all others involved, even innocent family members and friends. Listen! Pastor Gary <><

6:6-8, “Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.” In this age and land much room has been made for the sluggard. There are those who truly need help, for example those who are temporally looking for work or those who have physical or mental disabilities. But the text is exposing those with bad character, and bad habits of living off a system that was set up to help with temporary and other needs. We find here rebuke and instructions; look to the ant and what he does instinctively, and without any intelligent guide or instructor. We ought to do more than an ant, sense we are endowed with reason and have friends, family, and the Divine teacher to direct and encourage us. Go to the ant and learn, not the government and assume! Pastor Gary ><>

5:1-2, “My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to my understanding, that you may preserve discretion, and your lips may keep knowledge.” There is a warning against adultery and encouragement for faithfulness towards your wife. The temptation will come, but preparation will protect. Wisdom is needed for all such occasions, and to listen with the intent to obey will give us understanding to heed the warning and stay faithful. The writer is speaking from experience – and how much danger exists because we all want our own experiences. But if we will listen, and think of the hurt, embarrassment, sin, and divorce that could be avoided. Always maintain wisdom, understanding, and discretion throughout life so that you can overcome temptations and stay faithful to the Lord and your spouse. Pastor Gary <><

4:20-22, My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.” Words of wisdom that we do not give attention to or apply cannot set us on the right course! Whatever I give attention to or keep in my heart I give control of my life to. For the heart commonly refers to the mind as the center of thinking and reason, but also includes the emotions, and therefore my whole inner being. The heart is the depository of all wisdom and the source of whatever affects my speech and conduct. The teacher’s words and sayings bring life and health to those who find and obey them. Health is the idea of healing, moral conduct can become sick in sin, but restored by words of wisdom! “Give attention to my words.” Pastor Gary ><>

3:21-26 My son, let them not depart from your eyes-- Keep sound wisdom and discretion; So they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck. Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.” Confidence in God and walking by His wisdom strengthens and steadies your perception as to where to step and not stumble (v.23). Wisdom also takes away fear, provides rest and protects even during very difficult times. Better is the safe step which is given by the perfect knowledge of God than a foolish step where there is only trouble, terror, and unrest. We have enough foolishness right now! Pastor Gary ><>

2:19, “None who go to her (an immoral woman) return, nor do they regain the paths of life.”  Those who join her are described as not able to return. The Targum reads, “They shall not return in peace.” There is much difficulty for those who give themselves up to indulgences of lust (adultery, fornication, homosexuality, etc.). These are easier moved into, than they are moved away from. St. Chrysostom said, “It is as difficult to bring back a libidinous (strong sexual desires) person to chastity as a dead man to life.” And Deiphobe said, “O Trojan, son of Anchyses, easy is the path that leads to hell. But to retrace one's steps, and escape to the upper regions, this is a work, this is a task.” The Supreme Court, Obama and others support of gays have made it even more difficult for them to ever turn from sin to Christ. I believe the Bible, not Obama or his followers! Pastor Gary <>< 

1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction”. Fear is the foundation of truth. Fear is reverence for God’s nature, presence, and will. Reverence results in obedience to His commands and submission to His will. Fear is the beginning of knowledge, which is the belief that God is, that He reigns, and that He is the source and foundation of all blessings and life. And this is the foundation on which all wisdom, all success, and all superiority rest. But fools despise and reject wisdom. The foolish man does not even want to know; he despises the very elements of instruction, he will not take the first step in the path of wisdom. He seeks his own direction, council, and will. He stumbles into darkness and away from God, the light of the world, wisdom and life. Fear the Lord and you won’t have to fear anyone else. Pastor Gary <>< 

31:22-25, “She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants. Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come.” I like how John Phillips outlines these verses. He writes, “The model woman: how respected she is.” Her personal appearance (v.22), the idea woman will always wear her fine cloths with an unconscious grace and a total lack of flashy pride. Her public applause (v.23), her husband was well known and understood that he owed much to his wife for his present greatness. Everyone knew that applause for him was applause for her too. Her popular approval (v.24, 25), her garments and sashes where he trademark and many would seek to buy them. A great model. Pastor Gary ><> 

30:15-16 “The leech has two daughters-- Give and Give! There are three things that are never satisfied, four never say, ‘Enough!’ The grave, the barren womb, the earth that is not satisfied with water-- And the fire never says, ‘Enough!’” The writer is pointing out things in nature that are never satisfied and describing the unsatisfied human heart. The human heart is arrogantly moving as it yearns for something more and better than anything it currently has. The human heart is not slowed by conscious, or limited by time or quantity, it’s always crying “Give” me more! Nothing that is worldly, or human can satisfy a man’s heart (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11). The human heart was created for that which is highest and best, and we will never be satisfied with anything less than God Himself. Everyone can find God through faith in Jesus Christ and in Him find satisfaction! Pastor Gary <><

29:3, “Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, but a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.” Every one of us have great potential, but it comes down to what we love. If we love the wrong things, we disappoint our loved ones and lose whatever wealth we or they might have acquired. Parents have a deep sense of helping their children when they might should have waited for a lesson to be learned, a coming to themselves if you will. And sometimes this is a long hard process one that many parents are not willing to wait on. But we must remember it’s what they love that gets them in trouble and until what they love changes nothing will change. It’s the love of wisdom that changes a man and causes his family to rejoice. Wisdom or waste everyone has a choice to make, one brings rejoicing and the other ruin! What do you love? Pastor Gary ><>

28:12, 28, “When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory; But when the wicked arise, men hide themselves. When the wicked arise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase.”  The contrast here is between a society that rejoices when righteousness is promoted and a society that “hides” when the wicked arise. They hide themselves maybe because of a desire for ease, or they grow disappointed and discouraged, or disgusted by the lack of response to the righteous. The bottom line they lay down their weapon and leave the field. They leave burying the wisdom of maturity, experience, and the gathered fruit of many years. Someone said it makes no difference whether you burn-out or rust-out either way you’re out. By hiding you no longer influence the church or community for the kingdom of God! Hide no more! Pastor Gary ><>

27:13, “Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger, and hold it in pledge when he is surety for a seductress.”  Men go into debt for many reasons, but this is the most foolish reason of them all. For he has put up surety for a seductress. She has enticed and flattered him into making a deal on her behalf one that would prove most costly in the end. Not only has he failed to see her character flaw he suffers from one of his own. His lust has muddled his thinking, marred his character, and marked his family. He is unaware that afterwards she will leave him in the lurch with the debts for which he had become security, to show her costly favor to another. There is no way that this will ever play out to where you win. She is called a seductress for a reason. Whenever we quit thinking with our head, we quit thinking! Pastor Gary ><>

26:21-22, “As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife. The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body.” Here we find the tale bearer and mischief maker. He keeps alive quarrels that would die down if not for the fuel he continues to add with gossip! It is easy to fuel the imagination with tales of evil, but not so easy to quench the flames they kindled. Gossip is embraced in our day, but if there were no one to receive it there would be less want to spread it. There are always thoughtless speakers, men and women who will carry hurtful words from house to house only to cause strife and pain. It is wise to remember that much of our brother's reputation, usefulness, and happiness is in our hands, and one slight whisper may destroy it all (Matt.12:36). Pastor Gary ><>

25:28, “Losing self-control leaves you as helpless as a city without a wall.” Self-control is for our protection like a wall around a city. Without the wall we are open to the first invader that comes in. The city is compared to a man with no restraint on his passions, desires, and affections. He is always in danger of being carried away by them and involved in sin and destruction. And after losing self-control he has no defense. His anger turns to rage, his speech to violence, and he now is helpless to do anything about it. People without self-control are usually controlled by something whether it is anger, substance abuse, pornography, etc. Self-control is important and it’s a characteristic of wisdom. Be wise and stay in control of your actions and reactions. What men fail to control, controls them! Pastor Gary <><

24:1-2, Do not be envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them; for their heart devises violence, and their lips talk of troublemaking.  The warning is against who we associate with for we will become like them. Destruction is the direction of evil men, violence and trouble is what they seek. Their company will influence you and it makes you a partner in their sinful doings. The temptation to envy is common among us, because we often only look at the outside appearances of what a man seems to enjoy. And we fail to consider the cost or consequences of the long-term effect. But if we could see the end first the charm of such temptation would be much resisted. The “fear of the Lord” is the best remedy for such powerful temptations (Vs.21-22). In fact, without the Lord a man is powerless to avoid the troublemaker! 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 <><

22:13, The lazy man says, "There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!" I have heard most of my life, “that any old excuse will do” and I think this one really expresses that saying. Lions live out in the wild, yet the lazy man professes a danger that does not exist in the mist of the city. Most excuses sound about as ridiculous as this one, yet they seem to justify a reason for getting something for nothing. Lazy men have learned well, they use the system for their own gain, live without working, and get sympathy when they should get a job. And I know I’m not being politically correct, but our system is broken and there are no lions in the streets, just lazy people unwilling to work. And I’m also aware that there are real needs but until we uproot the sluggard the truly needy will go without help. Hey, it’s not a “lion” go to work! Pastor Gary ><>

21:3, “To do righteousness
and justice is more acceptable to the
Lord than sacrifice.
” Men have always
leaned toward the ceremonial rather
than the moral. Think of the writer
Solomon, who built the Temple,
sacrificed it to God, yet still knew the
pleasing results of righteous and just
living. King David knew this also and
wrote Psalms 51:16-17, “For You do
not desire sacrifice, or else I would give
it…The sacrifices of God are a broken
spirit, A broken and a contrite heart--
These, O God, You will not despise”. It
is always easier to give, go, or serve in
a religious ceremony than it is to have
my heart broken before God. But its
brokenness that leads to a life of
righteous and just living. The broken
heart (over sin) is the only pure
motivation for all we do. Brokenness
over sin pleases God and it is the only
motive acceptable for serving Him.
Pastor Gary <><

20:10, 23 Diverse weights and diverse measures, they are both alike, an abomination to the Lord. Diverse weights are an abomination to the Lord, and dishonest scales are not good.” Weights were to be used for fair trade, but when they were marked falsely they became tools for crooks and disgusting the Lord. A man that would use such false weights is conscious of his own evil ways, but his endeavors appear righteous to others. The love of money is the root problem to all false weights, measurements, and crooked deals. He who uses false weights is able to deceive men and often get away with it, but no man can deceive God without notice. God is fully aware of all the activities of men and is only temporarily holding back His judgment. Let me encourage you to always weigh and measure fairly! Pastor Gary ><>

19:18, “Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not set your heart on his destruction.” Someone has said that this proverb is "Solomon's cure" for the lawlessness in much of modern family life. We have traded Solomon's wisdom for mere psychology, and we are much the worse for it. It is important to discipline our children while they are young because they are still impressionable. But there will come a day when those years are passed. Hope for correcting a child exists most often in the home, chasten him or her with firmness but also with fairness (Eph.6,4; Col.3:21). Someone else said, "It is better that the child weep than the father." Every generation that disregards God’s plan for the home will pay a terrible price. Parents want to blame the school system for undisciplined children, but in most cases the parents are the ones failing at home. Pastor Gary ><>

18:5, It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.” A prime example, former president Obama showing partiality to the gays and now their government-imposed rights. Homosexuality is opposed by God, His Word and I as a Christian. And I realize that I am in a very small group. But what part of “It is not good to show partiality to the wicked” that you don’t understand? Obama can evolve, or anyone else for that matter in their way of thinking but sin will never be made right no matter how they think or what they change. The pressure seems always to be put on the Christian for his belief, but the breaker of God’s law is cheered on in his sin. It’s not a matter of coming out of the closet that makes one right, but rather one turning away from his sin to Jesus in belief (John 3:16). Please pray for the US. Pastor Gary ><>

17:5, “He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.” Whenever an action promises punishment, we should avoid it. But how many of us have avoided such activity throughout life? We seem to be drawn to the things we should avoid, and wind up suffering the consequences for our actions latter. The writer is giving strong warning about how we treat others, especially the poor. The first thing we usually fail to see is that everyone is made in God’s image therefore, to mock the poor or rich is to speak against God. Very few people would ever speak against God directly but most of us do indirectly when we consider this principle. And the second thing we usually fail to avoid is revenge but we are guilty of that when we celebrate calamity. The only way to avoid punishment is to obey God’s word. Pastor Gary ><>

16:24, “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” Pleasant words communicate sympathy, encouragement, healing, and lighten the load of life. People are discouraged enough, why not use our words as medicine to cure and build up others. Even when we confront, or correct, our words should be filtered with grace and a right attitude. Pleasant words are certainly expressed in the message of Christ, “the common people heard Him gladly.” One writer wrote that pleasant words, “tell of God’s love, portray Christ, invite men to salvation, and reveal the blessedness of the kingdom of heaven.” Therefore, our words should express the same message with the same pleasantness as His. Bitter words may arise, but pleasant words must be spoken. Put a little sweetness in your words today! Pastor Gary <><

15:20, “A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish man despises his mother.”  It is impossible to estimate the tremendous influence which children have on the happiness or sadness of their parents. The unfortunate thing about it is that the children are the last to realize it. No one can understand the depth and over-powering intensity of a parent’s grief or love until they become a parent themselves. The son or daughter has the power to make parents happy or miserable. With such a great trust comes a serious responsibility. As someone said, “No man lives unto himself.”  Sons and daughters should live a life regarding their father and mother. It’s not that our sons or daughters fail, it’s if they fail and then refuse to acknowledge and apologize for the hurt and pain they caused. A wise son or daughter makes glad parents! Be wise! Pastor Gary ><>

14:32, The wicked is banished in his wickedness, but the righteous has a refuge in his death.” In his very act of sin, the wicked is defeated and driven from hope and life. Sooner or later misfortune will come to the wicked and when it does he will have no defense, no hope, and will utterly collapse. He will find no help for his friends have forsaken him and there will be none left to comfort or uphold him. “But the righteous has a refuge in his death”, this means that even in his greatest danger the righteous man loses not his trust in God. Job did not lose his trust in God, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job13:15). There is a future life for the righteous, a home in heaven, and a commendation and rewards. There is no need to ever fear death unless you do not believe in Jesus Christ for in Him is life eternal. Pastor Gary <><

13:14-16, The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death. Good understanding gains favor, but the way of the unfaithful is hard. Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool lays open his folly.” The law or instruction has and imparts life. The rules and teachings of wise men are a source of life to those who follow them, because it turns them away from the snares of death. Obedience to wise teaching saves one from many dangers, material, spiritual, and especially gives strength against the temptations of the devil. As a wise and good man uses his gifts and graces properly, he wins higher favor with God and respect with men. But the way of the fool is rough and rugged leading to destruction and death! Listen and obey the wise there is so much to gain when you do! Pastor Gary ><>

12:12-13, “An evil person tries to hide behind evil; good people are like trees with deep roots. We trap ourselves by telling lies, but we stay out of trouble by living right.” The writer is pointing out the virtues and vices in any society. They will always separate and distinguish the righteous from the evil. There will always be a line drawn between them, no one can be almost either one, you are one or the other. Every society seems always bent on creating a gray area to live in, religion without restraint, communication without prayer, and some commandments but not all ten of them. But the text divides the two, wicked or righteous and neither is a part of the other. If you were to read down to verse 22, the divide grows even wider. You can live the lies of society which the Lord hates or in the truth of His Word which He delights. Live right! Pastor Gary ><>

11:20, “Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the LORD, but the blameless in their ways are His delight.”  The reader should take not that God is always aware of their behavior. He knows the heart of all men and distinguishes the perverse from the blameless. And God reacts to each man’s behavior in different ways. There are so many that don’t believe this truth and it is noticeable by the way they live. The perverse live against God, and against others. The perverse live as though there getting away with crookedness but God knows what they are doing and one day they will pay. The blameless on the other hand walk without offence. Their conduct proceeds from a disposition that is pure, free from deception and concealment. And the blameless are a delight to the LORD. Living right or wrong, who says it makes no difference? Pastor Gary ><>

10:18, “Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.” Lying lips always seek to cover up something in this case it is hatred toward someone. His hatred turns into slander. So, not only is he a liar but also labeled a fool. The slander makes false statements against those who they hate hoping to damage the person’s reputation. The slander usually gains no advantage with his lying lips or his foolish ways. Sometimes we have feelings that are better off not spoken about especially about someone else. We might have ill feelings toward someone but to try and hide it by lying is not a wise way to deal with it. The best talk we could engage in is with the person we have ill feelings toward. A truthful conversation could change the way we feel about someone. We would all be better off talking to someone and not about someone. Pastor Gary ><>

9:16-18, “‘Whoever is simple, let him turn in here’; and as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, ‘Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.’ But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of hell.”  The first call to the “simple” is to partake of wisdom and understanding because they were inexperienced and undecided (V.4). But when men refuse to turn to wisdom a second source gives an invitation to folly, promising pleasure, and sensual enjoyment. Wisdom invites openly to a well-furnished table (vs. 1-6), folly calls him to stolen water and a secret meal (vs. 16-18). What wisdom offers is rich, satisfying and comforting; what folly offers is stolen, secret, and deadly. There are none in her house living, they are shadowy ghosts of living men, or else demons of the other world. Men perish at her table! Pastor Gary ><>

8:35-36, For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord; But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death." Find everlasting life and miss death! It seems men are always looking for something that will satisfy, but never seem to find it. And it seems that each thing men find brings a different experience to their life, but not a life with God. The only way to find everlasting life is through faith in Jesus Christ, which is the greatest gift the Lord can give. New life is given, all my sins are forgiven, and heaven is my new home. But for those who will not believe in Jesus, they hate the Lord, wrong themselves, and love death. If we find the Lord, we find everlasting life, and favor. But if we take a path that does not lead to the Lord, we commit spiritual suicide. Those who seek the Lord will find Him, favor, and life. Seek Him 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 <><

6:9-11, How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep-- So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man.” The call goes out to the sluggard to get up and go to work, with a warning of unwanted consequences. The working man cannot look at the sluggard’s carelessness and half-heartedness without feelings of dislike and contempt and even scorn in his heart. Bankruptcy waits on his negligence. And the sluggard soon ends in ruin. Let us, then, be up and doing; for while the sluggard is rebuked on every side, that leads down to inevitable ruin, on the other hand, diligence is in accordance within the will of God (Rom.12:11), and it makes us able to show kindness to the unfortunate (Eph.4:28). Get up! Pastor Gary ><>

5:5-6, If you follow her [immoral woman], she will lead you down to the world of the dead. She has missed the path that leads to life and doesn’t even know it.” Whenever the teacher speaks of the immoral woman he gives the same description of her (Proverbs 2:18; 7:27; 9:18). Her path leads down with persistent, willful, headstrong, foolishness, wickedness and is far removed from the path of life. Her ways willfully go here and there like the steps of a drunk; they are slippery without any definite aim, and always staggering in the direction of sin. She is so blinded by her own pursuit that she now cannot regard or perceive the way to life. She leads her victims to ruin. She runs toward death and takes all those who follow with her. It is shame to a man to permit a mere harlot to entice him and prevent him from the path of life for the way of death! She’s not worth it! Pastor Gary ><>