The Proverb For The Day

 

 

9:8, “Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.” One man will reject correction while another will receive it. It’s important to know who you are about to correct! The scoffer will be identified rather quickly; his disposition will be that of immediate rejection that you would dare correct him! He is full of pride and quick to be angered. However, the wise will listen and thank you for your advice. The wise realize that you have their best interest in mind. They have a desire to learn, improve, and find a greater place of service. They have a humble spirit, a good attitude, and respect what you are doing for them. A man that truly hates evil will certainly love those that rebuke him when he is headed toward sin. Consider the character of a man before you correct him, invest in the wise, but leave the scoffer alone! Pastor Gary <><

8:18-21, “Riches and honor are with me, enduring riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, and my revenue than choice silver. I traverse the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice, that I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasuries.” Wisdom is speaking and letting the reader know that her riches are durable, but other riches have a habit of disappearing. Her wealth is more valuable than anything this world has to offer, and it is the only revenue of heaven. Solomon was pointing out that there is a right and wrong way to obtain riches. Riches that are not acquired “in the way of righteousness” cannot bring lasting happiness. So many have tried short cuts to riches, but Wisdom is the only path that leads to wealth, fills treasuries, and endures forever! Pastor Gary ><>

7:2-3, Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.” Commands are human or divine “teachings” that can protect, prevent, and prolong life. The “apple of your eye” is a miniature reflection of objects seen in the pupil, especially of the person who looks into another’s eye. The law is taken in through the eye. And we should wear the law as rings around our fingers taking them wherever we go. Also write them on our heart. The word heart is used for the intellect and the will. We can resist any temptation if we keep the teachings at our fingertips and at the forefront of our minds. It will be easier to walk away from the smooth talk of a seductive woman with the divine teachings so near. Her appeal will be less powerful if our hearts are filled with the law of God. Listen, keep and live! Pastor Gary <><

6:20-21, My son, keep your father's command, and do not forsake the law of your mother. Bind them continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck.” So many people miss, ignore, and even turn away from the importance of family values from God’s Word. They are so important that they are to be bond and tied to a person’s soul. To turn away brings self-reproach and you will carry the consequences of guilt wherever you go (V.29). To ignore will also cost you everything (V.26) it brings self-destruction (V.32), a beating, disgrace (V.33), and the consequences from a jealous husband – he cannot be appeased; he will not be paid off with many gifts (Vs.33-34). Spiritual values were taught in the home therefore to “Keep” was to listen and obey God! A break down in the home is a breach of God’s Word! Most homes know nothing of God’s Word! Shame on us! Pastor Gary ><>

5:7-10, Therefore hear me now, my children, and do not depart from the words of my mouth. Remove your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house, lest you give your honor to others, and your years to the cruel one; lest aliens be filled with your wealth, and your labors go to the house of a foreigner.” To “hear” would be to avoid much, note the consequences! First, poverty (ver. 10), sin soon scatters a man's fortune. A few years, or even weeks, will suffice for indulgence to run through a good estate. Men “waste their substance in riotous living.” Second, remorse (vs. 11-14), how bitter the pain of self-accusation! There is no poisoned dart that wounds the body as the arrow of unavailing remorse pierces the soul. Third, Death v. 5, “Her feet go down to death; her steps lay hold on hell.” Death physical and spiritual is the issues of immorality. Pastor Gary <><

4:14-17, Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it; Turn away from it and pass on. For they do not sleep unless they have done evil; and their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.”  There is an ignorance which passes for courage and gets credit which is not due. Those who do not take the time to know what the result of any behavior is, and who go fearlessly forward anyway are not brave; they are foolish. We should want to know the consequences of our behavior, of the end of the path on which we are headed. The wise man wants to know and by knowing he will turn away from evil. But the wicked seek, find delight, and gloat in wickedness, and violence! The wicked succeed in total darkness… (V.19). Always avoid evil! 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 now 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 ><>

2:4, “Search for wisdom as you would search for silver or hidden gold.” Search is to put forth the effort as one would for unearthing silver or gold. The search is not for something that was lost but something offered, and promises so much when applied to one’s life. Wisdom invites all people to follow and with wisdom you will understand what it means to fear and know the Lord. Wisdom comes only to those who seek the Lord (v.6). Wisdom gives understanding (v.5), and you will learn what is right honest and fair (v.9), it will control your mind (v.10), it will protect you from evil schemes (v.12), and wisdom will protect you from the smooth talk of a sinful woman (v.16). People spend most of their lives searching for something that will truly satisfy them. Search by any means possible, but specifically by prayer and worship! When these two methods are missing so is wisdom! Pastor Gary <><

1:26-28, “I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, when your terror comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. ‘Then they will call on Me, but I will not answer; they will seek Me diligently, but they will not find Me’.”  The context is God pleading with men to receive wisdom, but men continue to reject Him and live in sin. The significance of the passage is that, after a certain point of perverse refusal, God no longer pleads and strives with men. The consequences of a life lived without God is grave! He permits sin to do its own sad work in the soul, and to produce its own natural results in the life; he removes his restraining hand, and suffers them “to eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices” (ver. 31). There is a point of no return! Pastor Gary ><>

30:11-14, “There is a generation that curses its father, and does not bless its mother. There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filthiness. There is a generation--oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up. There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, and whose fangs are like knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.” Here the reader finds four generations that are evil. The darkest of ingratitude against father and mother committing a crime worthy of death v.11, the despicable self-righteousness is displayed but blind to his own judgement v.12, an arrogant presumptuous attitude lifting themselves up without knowledge of their great fall v.13, and unmerciful covetousness devouring even the poor without understanding that God’s their defender v.14. Let us not pass this forward! Pastor Gary ><>

29:15-17, “The rod and rebuke give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases; but the righteous will see their fall. Correct your son, and he will give you rest; yes, he will give delight to your soul.” Parents that refuses to discipline their children also fail to obey God’s Word. The writer ties wisdom to correction; correction to delight and rest for a mother. And he also ties a lack of correction to an increase of the wicked, transgression, and shame to a mother. The “rod” may not work every time, but it cannot work at all if parents refuse to use it. I realize that people write books on child discipline, most of which are out of their own experiences, and options, but God wrote this one based on truth that does not change from one generation to another. “Correct your son, and he will give you rest.” Pastor Gary ><>

28:15-16, “Like a roaring lion and a charging bear Is a wicked ruler over poor people. A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, but he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.” Note the kind of people taken advantage of here, weak and without resources. People that are without defense are the kind theses wicked rulers look to rule. They take their power and rule without caring who they step on, leave out or leave behind. This kind of ruler lacks understanding about the needs of others, he only seeks his own needs. He is poor in understanding but rich in oppression, he is not a leader worthy to be followed, in fact its only by force that he is followed. People have crossed seas and climbed walls to escape such greedy leadership. But a great leader hates greed, and reaches down to help others up, and his life will be prolonged. Pastor Gary ><>

27:12, A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished.” Blindsided or simply foolish! Blind-sidedness and foolishness usually go hand in hand. The hit, pain, or other inflictions might have been avoided had the warning been heeded. Every time we “simple pass” the warnings of God, either from His Word or from the wise we will be punished. Ignorance is no excuse for not preparing against trouble when thoughtfulness would have foreseen it. God has revealed the consequences of sin and no one should reason that his sin will not be punished. But God through His mercy has provided a way of escape through His Son Jesus Christ. The wise believe in Christ and avoids the consequences or sin! The foolish “simple pass” the wisdom and grace of God, stay in trouble and ultimately will be punished for their sin! Pastor Gary <><

26:13-16, “The lazy man says, ‘There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!’ As a door turns on its hinges, so does the lazy man on his bed. The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl; it wearies him to bring it back to his mouth. The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.” A man should never want to be guilty of being “lazy”. He is described as getting no further than his bed; using any excuse (a lion) to avoid work, expects others to feed him and even believes him wiser than all others. The door moves on its hinges and makes no progress beyond its own confined sphere of motion; so the slothful man turns himself on his bed from side to side, but never leaves it to do his work. The idle fool sets more value by his own judgment than by the sense of any number of wise men. Listen it’s not a lion it’s a job get up and go to work! Pastor Gary ><>

25:25, “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.”  Good news has traveled to and from distant lands for generations. This “good news” promises peace on earth and good will toward men. It causes the blind to see, the deaf to hear, and transforms a sinner into a saint. This “good news” has been proclaimed by prophets, priest, kings, angles, and believers alike. It has captured the attention of powerful men and common men, but many continue to reject the promise of the only “good news” that can save their lives! The promise is fulfilled in the little town of Bethlehem “I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2). This is the cool water every soul must drink; the Savior is born, and we should celebrate His birth every 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 a 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 watching over him and delivering him out of all afflictions. In contrast the wicked will suffer calamity, but the righteous will rise again. 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 us to give God the care of our hearts and eyes, for only His ways can provide safety. Pastor Gary ><>

22:15, “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him.” Foolishness here implies the love of mischief or the self-will of a child, bound up in their heart (nature). In his foolishness, he defies the standard of the home, disrespects his parents, and even brings sadness to all those in the home. His foolish activity is usually the result of spoiling him instead of disciplining him. The writer said that the rod will bring correction to the child, although many parents and psychologists disagree with this Biblical command. The writer is not suggesting abuse or even mistreatment, but he is teaching that a spanking for correction is needed at times. A spanking should be an act of love, not anger. My parents said, “This will hurt me as much as it will hurt you”, because they loved me, and love is how a spanking should be administered! Pastor Gary ><>

21:1, The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.” To help us realize who really holds the reins of power, Solomon pointed us to the throne above all thrones – the throne of the King of all kings. With this verse he showed us how God pursues His way.  The picture of this verse is that of an eastern farmer who directs the water in his irrigation channels simple by moving his foot to dam the flow here or release it to flow there. It is that simple to make the water run wherever he wishes. It is also that simple for God to overrule in human affairs. He makes the very wrath of man to praise Him (Ps.76:10). I am grateful that although men of power appear to be in control, even making immoral and evil decisions their ultimately not. They are simply water and can be diverted or dried up at God’s will! Pastor Gary ><>

20:29, “The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is their gray head.” Strength of the young and the splendor of the old is not a contrast but if viewed correctly is a compliment. The Lord gives strength to all: physical, intellectual, moral, and spiritual to sustain them. The young if they will admit it matured in their strength from the wise teachings of the old. And, if the young would realize it they are headed for the gray look to. The temptation of the young is to disregard and even despise the old and to look down on them with a proud sense of superiority. But just remember the only alternative to getting old is death. When the young recognize where their strength comes from they will give due respect especially to the Lord but also to the elderly. Let’s devote our strength and splendor to the Lord. Pastor Gary <><

19:21, There are many plans in a man's heart, nevertheless the Lord's counsel--that will stand.” Man’s thoughts are many, confusing, and most of the time un-calculating. I have always tried to practice sleeping on a decision and think it through before making it. What seemed like a good idea today may not look good tomorrow. Many of our plans are made selfishly, with only our needs, wants, and desires in mind. Therefore, we must turn to God, His plans will stand. His plans are righteous and ruled by unchanging principles. He will always love what is righteous and hate what is unholy, impure, and unkind. He cannot change His course, because He cannot change His character. God’s plan is to redeem a lost world reconciling it to Himself, through the death of His Son. Let’s make God’s plan ours, His is eternal! Pastor Gary ><>

18:7-9, “A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body. He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.”  The writer points out the fool’s words and work which will lead to his destruction. He is found loose in the use of his lips and lazy in the use of his body. His words are described as “tasty trifles” and seems to mean dainty morsels such as one eagerly swallow. The idea is that his words have found eager listeners and the dainty morsels are of a poisonous character. The hearers take in the slanders and treasure them up in memory and will use them at a later time. He is also lazy in his work. Not only is he slothful but he is wasteful and a brother to the prodigal – wasting all on riotous living. The prodigal returned, will you? Pastor Gary ><>

17:18, “A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, and becomes surety for his friend.” John Phillips wrote, “To strike a bargain on behalf of a friend is the quickest way to destroy a friendship. When money comes between friends, problems often follow. It is rarely a good idea to loan money to a friend, to borrow money from a friend, or to ask a friend to provide security for a loan or guarantee a loan. It is not usually a good idea to sell a car to a friend. If something goes wrong with the transaction or some misunderstanding arises, the friendship will be strained.” I would have done well to have learned this lesson earlier in life. It could have saved me some disappointments, anger, and trouble. I know you may be thinking you don’t have a friend like mine, and that’s what most think until money is involved. Just be careful! Pastor Gary ><>

16:31, “The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.” Silver hair is a crown either of shame or of honor. It’s a crown of shame if it is not found in the way of righteousness. A crown of shame is upon the head of old men that are still ignorant of truths he could have learned but refused to, or who is still addicted to dishonorable indulgences yet had plenty of time to overcome. And shame to be pitied is he that still refuses to come to God through faith in Jesus Christ. But the crown of honor is found by the way of righteousness. It’s upon the heads of men that have stayed faithful in times of difficulty, has overcome temptations to live holy, and has grown old in the service of God. It is a crown of beauty to the discerning eyes of some and always to the eyes of God! Silver hair is a crown, either of shame or of honor. Wear it honor! Pastor Gary <><

15:1-2, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.” When a neighbor, friend, or family member attacks you with harsh words how do you answer? Is your answer soft or harsh, the result is clear, one turns away wrath, and the other stirs up anger? You cannot control their words but you certainly can control yours. And in doing so, you have victory over your own spirit, victory over the person of harsh words, victory for those around you (think of the kids that suffer because of adult’s harsh words), and a soft answer is the example of our Lord. A soft answer or no answer at all. Bit your tongue, zip your lip, who would have thought it could be one of your most powerful actions and attractions! Pastor Gary <><

14:33, Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, but what is in the heart of fools is made known.” There is a time to be silent and a time to speak. And we need to be careful with either of these responses. There is few if any who do not need to be urged to guard their mouth. The mouth is the thing in which we all offend in our time and in our way. Impatience most frequently causes us to speak when we should have been quiet, act when we should have stayed calm and it can lead to transgression. Most every time if we would have waited to speak and act, we would have done both differently, we should think before we undertake. Why answer a fool on his terms it only causes us to be like him? Stay calm, walk away, and return latter with an answer that might help turn him toward understanding. Pastor Gary ><>

13:18, “All who refuse correction will be poor and disgraced; all who accept correction will be praised.” So many today like to live without restraint, therefore they refuse correction. Our friends see what we at times can’t see, bad deals, bad tempers, inappropriate relationships, etc. and they offer correction. Without correction, these things can lead us to being poor and disgraced. But correction when applied will lead to praise. It’s not that we all don’t think about doing something dumb, make a mistake, or go astray into a wrong direction, therefore we all need a hand that will lead us back and place us on the right road again. Go ahead accept some good advice, let it be your hand up, and others will praise you! Let me encourage you to always be the voice that offers correction! Pastor Gary ><>

12:25, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” Depression causes physical and emotional trouble in our body. We lose our energy for work, play, and fellowship with others. We feel helpless, abandoned, and lost. We plow our way through one terrible day just to find another. But there is hope in good words they express love and kindness. They are words that come from our friends. They are words that bring energy back into our lives they restore our hopes and dreams. Speak to the depressed encouraging words from God, for they will bring light into darkness, replace sadness with joy, and life where there was death. Next time you say something think of the power in the words you say and speak with wisdom and kindness because they can make the heart glad! Pastor Gary <><

11:29, “He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.” There always seems to be the one that troubles the home. It could be son or daughter, husband or wife no matter how trouble comes it is always unwanted and unnecessary. We have all had experience with the “trouble maker” he or she can cause worry, shame, and disrupt the entire family. And they usually blame their troubles on someone else, by refusing ownership, and help, they end up with nothing from the family. The “trouble maker” will be reduced to seek a servant roll from the wise of heart. We find this truth in the example of the prodigal son where he prayed to his father to make him one of his hired servants (Luke 15:19). The “trouble maker” can only find peace and place in the family through repentance and forgiveness! But humility, first. Pastor Gary ><>

10:26, “As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy man to those who send him.” Both of Solomon's illustrations underline the extreme irritation caused by the lazy man. Vinegar sets our teeth on edge, and smoke makes our eyes hurt. Never send a laze man with an important message, it could be delayed by his lazy strolls to the point that the message is no longer relevant. The lazy man has no haste in his steps, no respect for a task, and no idea what damage missing a deadline could cost. I think most of us has experienced working with a lazy man, and he seems to spend more time getting out of work, than working. He gets in the way, causes trouble among the workers, and can cause delays on a job. The employer usually tries to move the lazy man from one task to another but moving him off the job might be best. Pastor Gary ><>

 

 

 

 

31:27-29, “She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.’” Blessed is the home, the family, and the husband that can say this about their mom or their wife! Every home need’s such a mom and wife in it, to bring such care, and compassion. She “watches” is aware of the activity of those in her house offering help, encouragement, and rebuke when necessary. She is of the opinion of the apostle who said, "that if any would not work, neither should he eat" (2 Thess. 3:10). A mom that watches, teaches responsibility while her children are young knowing that it will make a difference when they are old. In the long run if she has lived such a life she will be praised. We need moms that step up not out! Pastor Gary ><> *