The Proverb For The Day

 

 

5:18-19, Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth. As a loving deer and a graceful doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be enraptured with her love.” Here we find the images of a faithful wife. She is the husband’s fountain; property of such was highly esteemed. The comparison, the wife is the husband’s peculiar delight and property, the source of pleasures of every kind, and the faithful source of the family. She is the wife of his youth, the one to whom the husband has and will be devoted to all the days of his life. She is also compared to a loving deer or gazelle. There are numberless uses of these figures in Arabian and Persian poets. The beautiful eyes, delicate head, and graceful carriage of the creature, all point to similes of his wife! There are no false pleasures in the bosom of a faithful spouse. Rejoice with your wife! Pastor Gary ><>

4:26, “Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.” Make straight, or level the path before taking a step. The sense is to remove any obstacle that would keep you from making a right moral decision. Weigh the consequences of a step, what will it cost, and who will it hurt before taking it! If you ponder, really look, consider the obstacles, determine the cost, change course if necessary, then step, the result “all your ways will be established.” The Word of God pondered in the heart of man leads his feet to right paths and his ways to godly living. We don’t have to make bad decisions we choose to when we disregard God’s Word. Think before you step and then choose to step correctly. (Proverbs 3:5-6). Pastor Gary <><

3:1-2, My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.” What you cherish in life could be most revealing about what you will get out of life! The implication is that the Law of the Lord has been heard and understood as the true guide for life. What has been learned don’t forget, C.S. Lewis said, “People need to be reminded more than instructed.”  To keep is to make continuing application throughout life’s experiences to the law. We don’t change the law from one circumstance to another we firmly believe the law and keep it. Our circumstances simply provide an opportunity to remember and keep the law, therefore receiving the blessings promised. In the New Testament temporal prosperity takes second place, but spiritual and eternal blessings first. Cherish the law and keep it! Pastor Gary <><

2:1-5, My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.” If we search and make wisdom our goal, we are promised reward (v.5). The search for wisdom starts out with a willingness and eagerness to receive (Vs.1, 2), a watchfulness to keep, and a perseverance to continue (v.3, 4). With wisdom, we will fear the Lord, and find knowledge to know Him. And to know Him is eternal life (John17:3). The pursuit of wisdom engages the heart, soul, and mind, brings joy, and leads a man to Christ and Christlikeness! 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 lifestyle 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 for 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 ><>

30:5 Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.” Every word of God is pure, that is it is free of error and corruption. To trust God and His Word is to have confidence and hope in Him. Not everyone trusts God’s Word as pure, but for those who do, He is their shield. As a soldier trusts his shield to provide protection, deflecting the enemies’ sword and arrows, God becomes such a shield to those who trust Him. As the soldier holds up and stands behind his shield in faith so do those who put their trust in God. Therefore, those who trust God, He protects. God is a shield from all the fiery darts of Satan and gives strength to withstand all the temptations of the world. We do not have to move under the safety of a shield, God is our shield. Keep trusting God, He shields all those that do! Pastor Gary <><

29:25 The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” God is whom we should trust and in doing so we overcome our unhealthy fear of men! To fear man wrongly is a snare for it causes us to be quite when we should speak, bow when we should stand, and doubt when we should trust. The fear of men drives us toward compromise and compliancy without considering the damage it does to our testimony. I went to the Middle East (2014) and got a glimpse of Christian persecution, and I am encouraged those men and woman living in the context of such fear, trust the Lord and witness anyway. They so trusted God that they did not consider the safety of their own lives. We do not suffer for our faith, but others do, and we have a responsibility to help them. Someone said, “That the greatest crime of the desert was to know where water was and not tell it.” Pastor Gary ><>

28:13, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” Covering is often used to hide sin, but it will not cure. Covering is only dress up. It’s like putting a band-aid on skin cancer or clothing over a disease. In fact, we cannot prosper from under the covering. But mercy will come as we admit, confess, and forsake our sin. This allows God to get to the sin and do His work through the blood of Christ. He forgives and has mercy on those who confess and forsake their sin. Confession is only complete by forsaking the sin, if not it is mockery. Someone said, “We’re sorry and repent, and then go on from day to day, just as we always went.” Just remember God will not be mocked. The sin that you try to cover God uncovers, but the sin you confess God covers with His mercy! Pastor Gary <><

27:18, “Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit; so he who waits on his master will be honored.” We see here a picture of faithful service. And most of us by occupation serve in some form or other. God requires faithfulness, we who are stewards be found faithful (Colossians 3:23-25). Those whose character and example we admire are faithful in their entire house (Hebrews 3:5). And if we care to be respected, we must maintain a good work ethic that will stand the test of time and pass any inspection throughout life. Faithfulness does have its reward in due time, “Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit.” We are the servants of Christ, we owe Him everything, and we should offer Him our will, our hearts, and the service of our lives. He will generously regard what we do for others as something we do for Him. He will not disappoint us, stay faithful! Pastor Gary ><>

26:3-5, A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool's back. Don’t make a fool of yourself by answering a fool. But if you answer any fools, show how foolish they are, so they won’t feel smart.” By association with those animals above the writer exposes the stubbornness of a fool. And we act like the fool when we are provoked by them to give an answer in anger, exaggerate the truth, accept a foolish challenge, or indulge in gossip. For we have allowed ourselves to become like them. Do not lower yourself to the fool’s level by answering his silly questions or arguing with him as if he were a sensible man. But answer him according to his folly, for it might expose him, shame him, or maybe even bring him to a better way of thinking! Answer him with wisdom and show him how foolish he is. Do not mirror folly – mirror Christ! Pastor Gary <><

25:8, “Do not go hastily to court; For what will you do in the end, when your neighbor has put you to shame?” We can watch this kind of thing on TV today – Judge Judy for example. It is silly to watch some of the crazy things people take each other to court over. It should cause embarrassment instead of entertainment. It makes me wonder if they ever watch themselves and regret latter appearing on such a show. You can certainly tell each have come to court with hast, and even if they lose their case, they feel that they were right. Almost every day you will see an add from an attorney offering his help for you to take someone to court. But remember the attorney is not just in this for you! He will strip away another man’s character to win a case that should have never come to court in the first place. Hasty decisions usually end in shame! Pastor Gary ><>

24:26, “An honest answer is like a warm hug.” An answer that is fair and suitable to the circumstances is as pleasant and assuring as a warm hug or a kiss. Such a greeting would be a natural sign of sympathy and affection. Today we would say that everyone wants to shake the hand of or give a round of applause or a standing ovation to the man who gives a right answer. What our nation needs more than anything else right now is someone to speak with honesty, and not with catchy campaign slogans. Honesty does not seem to be the goal today – it’s the office men desire and they will lie to get it. And when they get it, they will then lie to keep it. They bring not warmth but cold indifference to the real needs of the people. It seems to be power and popularity they crave but have not a plan to lead this nation back to righteousness. An honest answer could warm up our nation. Pastor Gary ><>

23:29-35, Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who linger long at the wine, those who go in search of mixed wine…” Nothing wrong with drinking alcohol, really! In a few words Solomon warns of the painful and disgraceful consequences. Note the words “drunkard” and “wine bibber” (Vs.20-21); they are descriptive of the deep disregard in which the victim of this vice is held by sober men! Indulgence soon tells on a man’s personal behavior; he is mastered by what he puts into his mouth. By way of the intoxicating drink, he enters on a path of utter ruin. The “drunkard” is seen by family and friends as sinking and failing. Such are the consequences of departure from sobriety. It is the first drink which is the most foolish and the most avoidable. Pastor Gary ><>

22:14, “The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.”  The word strange or foreign women is very appropriate, seeing that perversions of belief and worship were always introduced into Israel from external sources (Moral and religious lines became blurred, the same is true today). 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 (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 ><>

21:23, Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.” Silence is golden! Less talk, less trouble. But how many are there that guard the mouth? James 3:2-12 teaches about the power of the tongue and the challenge to control it. The tongue controls more of us than we realize. It is so small, but when out of control it can do un-repairable damage. Marriages, friendships, and business partnerships have been destroyed because people refused to guard their mouths. When the guard is off duty, anything can come out of our mouths. Just because we think it, we don’t have to say it! Remember the tongue reveals what’s in the heart. If you find yourself always apologizing for what you say, your mouth is out of control. Keep the guard on duty and save yourself a lot of trouble. Pastor Gary <><

20:12, “The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made them both.”  Sense God has made our ears and our eyes, we should use them both to please Him. I am thankful for with the gift of my ears and my eyes I can hear and sing along in worship, and see the joy expressed on each face. I am also able to open God’s word each day and read what He has written to me. And I can also see His creation, the sun, moon, and stars. I can hear the cry of a baby, the singing of the birds, and the laugh of a friend. I can also hear a cry for help, a warning to stop, and whisper a word of encouragement into someone else’s ear. I can see and hear so many things great and small and I hope I will pay closer attention to each of these sounds and sights because they are gifts from the Lord. Look long, listen well and please the Lord. Pastor Gary ><>

19:1-2, “Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one who is perverse in his lips and is a fool. Also, it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, and he sins who hastens with his feet.” Integrity does not always lead to wealth of the worldly kind. In fact, the writer points out that a man’s integrity is worth more than the short cuts that men often find to riches. How often we hear of the get rich quick scheme that cost a man his good name in the end. Not only did he not get rich, but he gave up his integrity to follow the perverse in sin. Whenever something sounds too good to be true it usually is, therefore step away, pass up the deal, and allow knowledge to lead you. No one has a right to suppose that God will heap up riches for him because of his integrity. He may be upright, and yet it may be God’s will that he shall also be poor here. Integrity is priceless keep it! Pastor Gary ><>

18:1 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment.” No man is an island and when he lives as if he is, he seeks no other man’s council, knowledge, or advice. He lives by his own rules, runs his own life, and opposes all wisdom. This man reminds me of the “most important man on earth” T.V. commercials. “He lives vicariously through himself. And when it is raining it is because he is thinking of something sad. Also, mosquitoes refuse to bite him out of shear respect, and his business card simply says, ‘I’ll call you.’”  We all have much to learn, but to admit this is most difficult for the isolated person. He not only stands against judgment but above it too. Isolation creates conceit and cuts oneself off from personal improvement. We need to live on the mainland and stay away from island thinking! Pastor Gary <><

17:13, “You will always have trouble if you are mean to those who are good to you.” Here we see the idea of ingratitude. You give one thing and in return you get something different, in fact the opposite. Evil for good is the transaction taking place. Trouble will always be the result of your transaction. Do you really expect something other than trouble? His doom is punishment from God, but by contrast how dear is gratitude to God. As evil shall ever be of the house of the dark rebel against light and evil, so shall joy and peace attend the steps of the peaceful child of God. The only way for something other than trouble to come your way is to return good for good. Be grateful for the good others do and return good and your trouble will come to an end. Exchange good for good, and even take the higher road and exchange good for evil! Stop being so mean! Pastor Gary <><

16:28, “A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates the best of friends.” Note the danger of a whisper, it seems harmless, yet put in the wrong ear it can become a weapon that hurts and ruins friendships. The purpose of people like this is to listen and then distort the truth, give wrong impressions, with the intent to cause quarrels and separate friends. Someone wrote, “There is always some occasion for silence in every man's life. No man is so correct in thought and speech that he could afford to have every utterance repeated to any one and everyone. We all want the kindly curtain of silence to be drawn over some sentences that pass our lips.” We are responsible to speak with caution to save ourselves from the charge of circulating evil and spreading sorrow. We must realize that our friend’s reputation is in our hands and one slight whisper can destroy it. Whisper not! Pastor Gary ><>

15:8, “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.” We find here God’s attitude toward the wicked and His delight in the righteous. The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord. The wicked are determined to live life according to their will alone. Therefore, the wicked deliberately disregard the will of God, as though He has no right to their life as creator. God will not accept any offerings from the wicked, and He will not remain indifferent to the wrong things they are doing. Offerings will never take the place of purity, truthfulness, integrity, or submission. But God delights in the righteous. They recognize God as the One to whom they belong, and they desire and surrender their hearts and lives to Him. The righteous reverently, humbly, and gratefully approach Him, and their prayers are His delight! 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, 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 <><

13:17, “A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful ambassador brings health.” So much rides on the intelligence and integrity of a messenger. A foolish ambassador can aggravate a situation whereas a wise one can do much to heal wounds. There are just some people that you would not want to deliver a message for you, not only would trouble befall him but ruin could follow you. It is most difficult to untwist the truth when a lie has been mixed with it. If you do not believe this to be true just look at what goes on during any of our campaigns. We as a nation are a long way from good health and with what I see we will not get any closer because of the decisions our leadership continues to make. The president will appoint ambassadors (we are in trouble) pray they are wise! We need intelligence and integrity that can bring good health. 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, and 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 <><

11:5, “The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.” There are two men here one “blameless” who keeps his way straight or smooth and the other “wicked” who stumbles and fails. The “blameless” is not driven by his own passions but by a righteous life which cuts a straight path. The blameless man honestly and earnestly seeks guidance from God and he will find what he seeks; he will know what he should do, and where he should go, and how he should act, in a variety of relationships in life. But the “wicked” is led by his own evil plans and fails. The blameless live by the law of God but the wicked live by their flesh. The wicked have only themselves to blame for such failure, although they often blame God. Which person do you most identify with? Pastor Gary <><

10:28, The hope of the righteous will be gladness, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.” The old song, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus and His righteousness”, is filled with truth and gladness. Hope and expectations are fixed in future events. The house built on the sand stands as firmly as the house on the rock until the storm comes. The wicked had expectations of their house standing, but after the storm all is lost. Our future can only be safely secure when they are determined by what we know of God. The future and present are safely in God’s hands. Righteous men hope in what agrees with God’s will. Wicked men have no hope, for they seek not God, yet they have big expectations, but remember the storm is on the way! Hope as you will, but only those who have their hope in Jesus will experience gladness. Pastor Gary <><

9:10, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” We may have all the advantages this world has to offer, but if all is not based on the “fear of the Lord” we are incomplete for it is the beginning of wisdom. Reverence, devotion, and obedience toward the Lord are what wisdom rest upon. Paul in the New Testament desired to know the Lord, why? Because knowledge leads to understanding which provides the conditions for spiritual growth, and true peace. Understanding is to    know how to act and react when men come against you. Also, you will have knowledge of the character of God, His holiness, eternal life, and the way to heaven. So many need to start back at the beginning, “fear the Lord.” When we begin right and stay right, we will have opportunities to help others do right! “Fear the Lord!” 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 will last, 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 ><>

7:26, “Such a woman has caused the downfall and destruction of a lot of men.” This chapter is about the foolishness of unfaithfulness. The warning is clear destruction is unlimited, and every man better stand guard. The first 5 verses beg for attention, they guide with wisdom, and offer protection against such a woman. She is seen here as a ruthless conqueror leaving behind a battlefield scattered with corpses. The next 22 verses paint a picture of deep deception constructed to deceive and destroy you. I know your first thought, not me! Read verse 26 again. And just think of Samson, David, and Solomon victims of such thinking and suffered for it. Someone said an unguarded strength can become a double weakness. Someone else said, “Today’s thrill may lead to tomorrow’s ruin.” The Lord has provided a way out take it! Pastor Gary <><

6:24-26, (Wisdom) “To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattering tongue of a seductress. Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, nor let her allure you with her eyelids. For by means of a harlot a man is reduced to a crust of bread; and an adulteress will prey upon his precious life.”  The reference of the text is the sin of lust; the wise man is warning against the flattering words of a women. The sin of lust may consist in things forbidden, or in gross and shameful violations of law and decency. It may be secret and hidden from everyone, or it may be without shame and flaunt itself before the heavens. Whenever a man cast off wisdom, he lays himself open to the temptation of lust overcoming him. Sin is not without consequences, such as the loss of temporal possessions, and far beyond this the loss of life both temporal and eternal. Get wisdom! Pastor Gary ><>

 

 

 

31:26, She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.” We find in verses 10-31 the characteristics of a Christian woman. And in verse 26 we find her full of wisdom and she speaks with kindness. She is not just a good wife, but she guides her family with wisdom. She knows the law of the Lord and therefore she knows where to guide her family for lasting joy, and eternal life. She avoids gossip, slander, and idle talk, but gives sound advice, and grace to all who listen to her. Her speech agrees with the law and her actions follow her mouth. Kindness is the law she lives by and it’s what tempers her actions and reactions in all her relationships and circumstances throughout her life. If you have such a wife, you have found someone who will bless you all the days of your life. And you should bless her! Pastor Gary <><