The Proverb For The Day

 

 

22:8, “He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, and the rod of his anger will fail.” Who in the world wants only to reap sorrow, no one, yet all those who sow iniquity will reap it! People seem to believe they can sow one thing, yet reap something else. “The wicked man does deceptive work, but he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward” (Prov.11:18). The only way to reap good things is to sow good things. This principle will be forever held in place by God, He wants all people to sow righteousness. But men will always be free to choose what they sow but they cannot choose what they reap! It seems like the man that sows anger against his neighbor has the upper hand, getting away with cruelty, and injustice, but he will “fail” to accomplish his sinful intent in the end. We need to continue to sow deeds of righteousness no matter what other men choose to sow! Pastor Gary ><>

21:28, “A false witness shall perish, but the man who hears will speak endlessly.” The contrast here is between one who gives a false witness and the one who speaks the truth. The false witness’s testimony is worthless, and not only does he hurt himself but also many others. Gossip is never worth repeating and when it is, it destroys so many. Take note in the end, the false witness and his words will perish. But the one who hears, listens before he speaks, he seeks out the truth making sure its truth before he repeats it. He investigates so that what he says is never false, silenced, or refuted. He realizes that his reputation is tied to the words he speaks, if they are false then he will be labeled as a liar. We need to listen before we speak and when we do we must speak the truth, confronting if necessary, encouraging when possible, and always considering the weight of our words. Pastor Gary ><>     

20:25, “It is a snare for a man to devote rashly something as holy, and afterward to reconsider his vows.” How often men have tried to bargain with God, as if He did not know their real intent. God if You will get me out of this tight spot I will…you can fill in the rest. Ananias and Sapphira were guilty of such sin and it cost them their lives. They set the (whole) price of some land aside for the church, but then only gave a part of the money (Acts 5:1-11). If they were going to give part they should have only devoted part of it as holy.  They were seeking praise for a gift they did not give, they were rash in their decision about giving it all. We must be careful before we make a vow, and when we do we need to follow through with what we vow to do. The writer here warns against false vows and the snare we set for ourselves. Don’t say and not do. 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 ><>   

18:1 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 bit him out of shear respect, and his business card simple 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 too! Pastor Gary <><

17:6, “Children's children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father.” Almost every grandmother or grandfather pull out the pictures of their grandchildren. And it doesn’t matter where they are, or what the conversation is about, the pictures and bragging begins. I have often heard it said, if we would have known how much fun and joy grandchildren bring we would have had them first. Grandparents love their grandchildren and spoil them too. Grandchildren are usually a sign of the family name continuing from one generation to another. The picture that Solomon paints is a stable family. We see an aging grandfather delighting in his children’s children and a son glorying in his father. But it seems that our culture has lost the importance of that kind of family. When we attempt to change what God established, a price will be paid! Pastor Gary ><>

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

15:13, “A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” Much of the time the face is revealing what is going on inside a person. The writer points out that cheer or sorrow can be seen. It is the condition of the heart that usually paints the picture of our countenance, although some people have gotten good at hiding what’s really going on. How often have we asked someone how they are doing but failed to know the true condition of their heart simple because we did not pay close enough attention to their facial expressions. Sense the countenance tells so much about a person maybe we should slow down enough to laugh with the cheerful and offer help and encouragement to the sorrowful. Remember each person is telling us something all we need to do is pay closer attention to each other. Slow down! Pastor Gary ><>

14:3, “In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, but the lips of the wise will preserve them.”  The mouth if we’re not careful can get us into trouble, especially when opened by the foolish. It is the fool’s pride that keeps him from considering his own cruel words, and he fails also to see how they hurt others. His weapon, defense, and justification is his mouth. Pride has eaten him up and closed off his ears from listening to wisdom. But this does not hinder the wise, he will turn away from the fool. He has learned that no matter what he says or does to the foolish they continue to run their mouth. His only defense against the fool is wisdom, wisdom to be silent, and walk away. He will now use his words for those who will listen to him. Speaking to encourage, strengthen, and correct whenever he can. How are we using our lips? Pastor Gary ><> 

13:23, “Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, and for lack of justice there is waste.”  John Phillips said, “The wealth of a nation lies in its work force. No nation can afford to neglect the well-being, education, and steady gainful employment of its working class. It is not the wealthy landowner or the stock market speculator who contributes to a nation's wealth. It is the hard work of the poor that produces good harvests and increases a nation's gross national product. The steady plodding, diligence, and skill of the work force produce national wealth.” And we just don’t have enough hard-working people any longer. And for the ones that do work their taxed and penalized, so that the non-worker can be rewarded. I know this is a forgotten principle, but at some point, everyone must plow his own ground if he expects to eat. Pastor Gary ><>

12:2, A good man obtains favor from the Lord, but a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.” The word “good” is used in contrast to the wicked. The word “good” means here “pure” or “straightforward.” It is descriptive of a man having a heart free from evil thoughts. Psalm 73:1 says, “Surely God is good to Israel, even to such as are pure in heart.” Men fail to see that in reality the favor and disfavor of God are discriminating. The good reap His good will, but the wicked are exposed to His condemnation. People are either “good” or evil there is no gray area. The “good” man is not good based on his merit but on the good news and good work of Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross for men’s sins and it’s only through faith in what Jesus did that makes men “good” and able to obtain favor from the Lord. Put your faith in Jesus! Pastor Gary ><>

11:12, “He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his peace.” I watched the presidential debates and this principle needed to be applied. They both have proven themselves to be void of wisdom. They both used words of contempt and sneered at each other throughout the debates. My question is if they will treat each other with that much disrespect in public how will the American people be treated by either one of them as president? Not only do each of them lack wisdom but they also lack understanding. They do not understand what the American people want, if they did they would hold their peace and talk about what’s important to us at the debates and on the campaign trail. And just think we have to vote for someone who lacks wisdom and understanding. And yes I will vote for one of them as bad as I hate to. Pastor Gary ><>

10:22 (MSG), “GOD's blessing makes life rich; nothing we do can improve on God.” Another scripture will help give clarity to what the Proverb teachers, Psalm 127:1-2, “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows.” It’s not that we should not do all that we can, but we must understand that without God we can accomplish nothing of worth or value. God does not bless us for our labor, but because of His mercy. One cannot earn what God gives, God just gives. The writer is not taking away man’s responsibilities to work, or help others, but rather pointing out that God is the One who blesses and makes life rich. God gives comfort, peace, and contentment, etc. We must look to Him for everything! Pastor Gary ><>

9:11, For by me [Wisdom] your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you.”  The same is promised to those who fear the Lord in Prov.10:27; 14:27. Obedience to God would have given a prolonged and enduring life to the Jewish nation in their favored land. And conformity to God’s Law, the practice of truth, purity, and uprightness, ensures long life to any nation even now! Our nation has joined so many other nations in not believing this truth. We have gone away from God yet expect the blessings promised to an obedient nation of people. This truth is also promised to the true servant of Christ, who is faithful unto death, he is assured a “crown of life” (Revelation 2:10). We as a nation need revival – a turning back to obedience and conformity to God and His Word. Turning from God is shorting the days of this nation! Seek wisdom! Pastor Gary ><>

8:32, (Wisdom is speaking) “Pay attention my children! Follow my advice and you will be happy.” It seems everyone is looking for happiness, but they are not seeking God’s plan for it. Life is hard but it’s even harder without God’s wisdom. “Pay attention”, is to listen with intent to obey, to follow and submit to Wisdom and the advice of teachers, and fathers with wisdom. Throughout chapter 8, wisdom calls (V.1), displays her worth (Vs.9-11), promises success to all those who follow (V.18), and establishes her beginning (Vs.22-31). The only ones who benefit from wisdom are those who find, pay attention to, and follow her. You can ignore wisdom and fail or you can follow wisdom and succeed, the choice is yours. Choose wisdom “and you will be happy.” Pastor Gary <><

7:13 So she caught him and kissed him; with an impudent face she said to him…” The best thing right now would be to remember his father’s words (V.1)! All 27 verses are a sad unfolding of temptation over powering a man that had all he needed to over-come it. He had been taught wisdom at home from an early age, and how to keep wisdom and why. His father’s words did not fail him, but rather he failed his father’s words. He decided to go on his own, go his own way, and fulfill the desires of his flesh. He did not have to shut his father’s voice out for very long before he heard another voice, one that would lead him to ruin. He went looking for more but would end up cast down, wounded, and slain (Vs.26-27). He rejected wisdom for feelings, experiences, and a strange woman over the care of his father. Temptation is powerful, even more so when we silence the Word of our heavenly Father! 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 a bad character, and a bad habit 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 ><>

5:21, Mark well that God doesn't miss a move you make; He's aware of every step you take” (MSG). God is watching us, really! He knows our thoughts, plans, desires, decisions, and actions. He even knows the outcome. God knows the motive for each deed, therefore He knows best when to reward and when to withhold. Because God knows man’s every step, Who better to judge the wicked. And for the Christian, Who better to withhold or give rewards. I am sure you have heard this before, “You can run but you can’t hide.” But have you ever thought about that statement in the context of God’s Word. This should cause us to think before we take another step, say another word, or make another plan. In view of what God knows, “everything” let us consider our next step.i Our steps are watched, step wisely. Pastor Gary <><

4:18-19, “But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.” Note the contrast, the path of the just provides light to journey by, and the wicked darkness. The just is the wise man who fears God and obeys His commands. He grows stronger in his relationship with God and is an example for others to follow. The wicked however is sinful in all his ways, and ignorant as to why he stumbles in darkness. Not only is he in darkness but he causes others to live in it to. Each of our lives provides a path for others to follow. I pray we will live just, progress in spiritual strength, and shine as the light of the Lord. Our responsibility as Christians is to journey on the path that is just, providing the light for others to follow! Pastor Gary <><

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

2:9, Then (with wisdom) you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path.” Wisdom not only benefits us in our relationships with men but also with God. It is through wisdom that we can understand and travel every good path that leads to righteousness, justice, and equity. When we travel on the good path we please God for it is a path already being traveled by Him, and designed for us. Every course of action of which goodness is characteristic is on this path. But the path that we choose away from God is the wrong path and it leads us away from righteousness, justice, and equity. Our relationship cannot be right with God or with men as long as we travel on the wrong path. So many people wonder why their life is such a mess; they might question which path they are traveling! A course correction may be all that’s needed. Pastor Gary <><

1:10-19, My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent…It takes away the life of its owners.”  How many lives is nothing better than failure? How many are shipwrecked of faith and integrity because they rejected wise and holy teaching. They might have done well, but turned rather to sin, folly, and ruin. As a rule, most have gone astray in their younger years. Temptation came when they were unarmed, attacked them when they were least prepared to resist, and they were overcome! Youth are entangled by three things. First, the invitation of the unholy, the charm of early friendships can be very powerful (Vs.10-11). Second, the enticement of sin, its word is false, and its coin is counterfeit (Vs.13-14). And last, the appeal of a dare, it exploits the young to join in foolishness, promising riches and gain yet ends in ruin and death. The way to victory, do not consent. Pastor Gary ><>

31:11-13, “The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands.”  A virtuous wife (v.10) is described starting with these verses. She is a woman that can be trusted while her husband is away from home, and with what’s in the home. A friend of mine’s mother said often, “Some women can throw more out the back door with a spoon than her husband can bring in the front door with a shovel.” Not so of this woman she has her husband’s best interest at heart. She also works and helps provide for her family, and she does so willingly. This is not “super women” she is just a wife with a good attitude, a strong love for her family, and a willingness to help in any way she can. Every man is blessed when he finds such a wife, respect her! 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, a 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’s not pass this forward! Pastor Gary ><>

29:21, “He who pampers his servant from childhood will have him as a son in the end.” This is the only place in the O.T. to use the word “pampers”, and it means to spoil with luxury, so much so that they will always want more. To pamper is an unsuitable treatment for a bond servant and he will soon forget his dependent position toward his master. The danger is that in time he will feel equivalent to the master’s son claim the same privileges and possible oust the legitimate son from his rightful inheritance. The servant’s wantonness has been created by luxuries without restraints. Spiritual writers have applied this proverb to the pampering of the flesh, which ought to be under the control by the spirit, but if gratified and unrestrained, gets the upper hand, and, like a spoiled servant, dictates to its master. Pastor Gary ><>

28:5, “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand all.” Evil men so rationalize their wickedness that they actually come to believe that their evil is good. We see that illustrated in our own society by gay-rights activists and by those who, calling themselves "pro-choice," advocate the massacre of babies in the womb, etc. They understand not because they choose not to believe in Jesus, but that will not protect them from the judgement of God in the end. But note the contrast – those who “seek the LORD understand all”, because they believe in God. And by doing so all that a person needs for life and spiritual growth is supplied. Seeking the Lord provides a solid moral standard to live by, a strong awareness of His return, and the truth that everyone needs to be saved. Pray for people to be saved and witness to them about the Lord. Pastor Gary ><>

27:8, “Like a bird that wanders from its nest is a man who wanders from his place.”  We live now in such a mobile society; therefore, it is difficult to maintain friendships and even family fellowships. Many don’t have “nest” any longer, the place where they grew up, raised a family, know all their neighbors, and considered most in their community friends. In our day the ancient landmarks have been removed and people have difficulty recognizing their place. A person’s place was even more defined in Solomon’s day. It was rooted in the land, the extended family, the nation, and to the temple. Outside of Solomon’s walls was a hostile world. He wandered from his rightful place in life and the results were disastrous to himself and his people. Of course, some moves are part of that "good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" of which Paul wrote in Romans 12:2. Pastor Gary ><>

26:27, Whoever digs a pit will fall into it and he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.” Each of these acts is done to trap, deceive, and swindle the unsuspecting. People who are a part of these deceiving traps are partners with the devil, and like him there is a pit for him and his workers. So in the end the devil and his workers are preparing a pit for their own destruction! The principle is that each sin brings its own punishment. If the foolish sinner is left to himself, he will certainly reap the fatal consequences of wickedness. Sin is naturally fatal, and it seems men have failed to see it, or see it and just don’t care, for whatever a man sows he will reap. The Jews rejected Christ and laid snares for Him and in the end watched Him die, but their rejection of Christ was their own pit! The world’s rejection of Christ will lead to its own ruin. Pastor Gary <><

25:23-24, The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue an angry countenance. It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, than in a house shared with a contentious woman.” As surely as rain is driven in by the wind so is the angry countenance driven by a backbiting tongue? Slanderous words bring about a dark and gloomy expression on the face of any person, as a German proverb says, “He makes a face like three days’ rainy weather.” The countenance, rightly read, is the mirror of the soul. The “north wind” seems to be associated within the house, where there is the presence of angry quarrels, nagging attacks, and disrespectful speech. With such a “wind” blowing through the house, while inconvenient to live on the roof it’s at times a better place. A wife is either the husband’s most satisfying delight or the most painful thorn in his side. Pastor Gary ><>

24:3-4, “Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” It takes more than a contractor to build a home and more than an interior decorator to furnish the rooms. The writer speaks to the builder about wisdom, understanding, and knowledge for the building of a home. These words point to a builder that fears the Lord. The Lord supports such a family, blesses them, and causes this home to prosper. He not only blesses materially but spiritually. God honors the home that honors Him. Wisdom should be the foundation, understanding its walls, and knowledge fills the house with “precious and pleasant riches.” My home is built on nothing less than Jesus and His righteousness! What are you building your home with and on? Pastor Gary <><

23:15-16, “My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will rejoice--indeed, I myself; Yes, my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak right things.” The idea is that wisdom is the result of listening and applying wise teachings. Wisdom and right living is the great reason to rejoice. The writer is able to rejoice because of the moral progress of his student. That which comes from his lips has first passed through his ears and heart; therefore, he lives and speaks with wisdom. That which the student speaks now, teaches others the lessons of wisdom he first learned. Not only has he benefited from the discipline of wisdom, but now he passes these truths on to the next generation. What better reason to rejoice than to see wisdom that we have taught to others for generations to come. Wisdom, seek it, live it; teach it! Pastor Gary <><