The Proverb For The Day

 

 

25:18, “A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow.”  The writer is pointing out those who make false statements. False statements can bruise, wound, and even pierce the heart, causing a person to lose his/her reputation, possessions, or life. In fact, in our day people running for office often make false statements about those running against them. They will ruin the reputation of others only to build up their own. They want to win at any cost even if means destroying others to do so! It is usually not the best man standing today in office, but rather the one with the biggest club, the longest sword, and the best placed arrow. The outcome of such campaigns leaves us all with poor leadership, low morale, and a weaker nation. Mom said, “If you don’t have something nice to say, say nothing.” Practice that! Pastor Gary ><> 

24:30-34, “I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction: A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest; So shall your poverty come like a prowler, And your need like an armed man.” What a picture of a man’s neglected life. Where there should be fruit we find weeds, where there should be beauty, we find unattractiveness, and where we find broken walls we should find strong walls. Such is the life of any person that neglects work and worship, prayer and Bible study. The picture of neglect reveals the ruined life whether spiritual or material. Never neglect the principles of God they guide our lives for productive living. Pastor Gary ><> 

23:19-21, Hear, my son, and be wise; and guide your heart in the way. Do not mix with winebibbers, or with gluttonous eaters of meat; for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.” The “way” is the right way in contrast to the many wrong ways. The right way always leads to right actions. Winebibbers are people who meet for the express purpose of drinking intoxicating liquors. And gluttons eat for the gratification of their own appetites, caring nothing for anything else. Both the winebibber and the glutton are led to drowsiness and an inability to work, which is followed by poverty and ruin. The danger always is, when you leave the right path you will end up on the wrong one. And it seems always to end in ruin! Instead of from “rags to riches”, you may end up from “riches to rags”. Live by wisdom. Pastor Gary ><>

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

21:10, “The soul of the wicked desires evil; His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.” As I watch the news I’m amazed at the evil portrayed daily. The wicked are using anything they can to destroy others. Wickedness is at an alarming rate and getting worse. It spans from world leaders boasting about killing, to individuals high jacking trucks, wearing body booms, mass shootings and whatever they can imagine causing fear and killing people. The wicked cannot rest without planning and wishing for some new evil thing. Nothing or no one is safe from evil activity. He does not look with pity on friend or neighbor, if they stand in the way of his desires; he will sacrifice any one, however closely connected, so that he may work his will. But one day God will put a stop to all this, judge and separate the godly from the evil forever. Hell will become the reality for evil men! Pastor Gary ><> 

20:11, “Even a child is known by his deeds, whether what he does is pure and right.”  A child is simple, open, and straightforward, he has no thought or reason to conceal what he does. Therefore, it is not hard to find out what he does. How often does a parent video a child from start to finish his doings good or bad and sometimes wins $10,000? The habits of life are learned in early age. Therefore, we usually miss the point about some of these doings, they may reveal more than we think. A German proverb says, “What means to be a hook bends itself early”, and “What means to become a thorn sharpens itself early.” And the Aramaean says, “That which will become a gourd shows itself in the bud.” Sense exposure is seen early so should correction come early too. If the deed is not pure and right it may be time to put down the camera and use the “rod” of correction. Pastor Gary ><> 

19:8, “He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.” We all have the opportunity by God to make the most of our lives. There is no secret here to find good, it simply states, “get wisdom” and “keep understanding.” The person who never pauses to consider what he can accomplish, and how he shall spend his days, but goes aimlessly onward without any serious thought is a person of folly. And he can expect nothing, and he certainly will find nothing, but a meager portion and a speedy end of everything. He sows to the flesh, and of the flesh he reaps corruption. But with wisdom and understanding a man finds good. And both are found in Jesus. The key to a good life and a good ending in life is simply to keep on journeying with Jesus day after day. Why not get and keep what brings good! Pastor Gary ><> 

18:10-11, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his own esteem.” Life at times brings trouble then where do we run for safety, protection, comfort, strength, and wisdom? The Lord is the place to run, a “strong tower” for the righteous. Men that are righteous have put their faith in Jesus and have been made right with God. They believe and obey all that God teaches. They run to Him rather than try and pull themselves up by their own “boot stapes” and they do not try to seek safety from any other source. God is their source, and strong tower, run to Him for He alone can provide safety. We may not be able to avoid trouble, but it is comforting to know that when trouble comes, we have a place to go for safety. God is my “strong tower” what about you? Pastor Gary <>< 

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

16:6, In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil.”  It is God’s act of mercy and truth that provide atonement which is to cover, cleanse, and forgive sin. God’s mercy and truth was expressed on the cross by His Son Jesus Christ! It is when men cast themselves on the mercy and truth of God that they find Jesus Christ as their savior. God knows if repentance is true or not, He knows the mind, heart, and what we really are (An example of a counterfeit, Acts 8:9-24)! The man who really puts away his sin will “fear the Lord” and depart from evil. The man that has lived wrong will now live right if he is truly repentant. And he will manifest kindness, integrity, grace, and purity. And all can see if he truly is now who he claims to be! And if he is, he will truly experience and express the mercy and truth of the Lord. Pastor Gary <>< 

15:4, “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” Never underestimate the power of the tongue due to its size or location. It is easily hidden but not easily tamed! One must only close his mouth to hide it, but one must have his heart transformed to tame it. Jesus can transform a man’s heart and then his tongue can bring forth life. The tongue can now heal and sooth by its words, “A sound heart is life to the body” (Prov.14:30). Speech from such a man can refresh and influence others into the way of life. But the perverse tongue speaks lies to pervert the truth, and slander his neighbor. He not only brings ruin to himself but to all others. Every man can choose his words, and they will either build up or tear down, heal or hurt! Someone said, “The sick soul by a healing word is cured.” Speak wholesome words, or don’t speak at all! Pastor Gary ><> 

14:3, "En la boca de un tonto hay una vara de orgullo, pero los labios de los sabios los preservarán."  La boca si no tenemos cuidado puede meternos en problemas, especialmente cuando nos abren los tontos. Es el orgullo del tonto lo que le impide considerar sus propias palabras crueles, y no ve también cómo lastiman a los demás. Su arma, defensa y justificación son su boca. El orgullo se lo ha comido y cerrado los oídos de escuchar sabiduría. Pero esto no obstaculiza a los sabios, se alejará del tonto. Ha aprendido que no importa lo que diga o haga a los tontos, siguen corriendo la boca. Su única defensa contra el tonto es la sabiduría, la sabiduría para guardar silencio y marcharse. Ahora usará sus palabras para aquellos que lo escucharán. Hablar para alentar, fortalecer y corregir siempre que pueda. ¡Usa tus labios sabiamente! El pastor Gary ><> 

13:25, “The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, but the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.” The wicked will always be in want, even though they may have the means to buy whatever they want it will never satisfy. This principle is why the “people toys” have gotten to be so extreme, and expensive. And the experiences that people are seeking are so on the edge and dangerous that some have even lost their lives. If Mick Jagger every sang about the truth, it’s when he sang the song “I can’t get no satisfaction.” Want will always be the driving force of the wicked, because they seek what will never satisfy. The only way the wicked will ever find satisfaction is to join the righteous for they are blessed by God. They put their faith in Jesus, obey Him and Worship Him. The righteous seek godliness not worldliness and God therefore blesses and satisfies them. Pastor Gary ><> 

12:3, “A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous cannot be moved.” The root of righteousness is strength against the storms of life. Strong winds will come against each of us, but the only way to withstand such storms is to be deep rooted in God. Deep roots are established through studying the Word of God, worshipping Him, and serving Him. Deep rooted people are obedient to God’s Word, have deep convictions, a bold witness, and a victorious outlook about life. The righteous face storms just like everyone else, but the difference is their faith is deep rooted in God. But the wicked will be moved by every storm, because they have no roots to hold them in place. I shall not be moved when the storms come, what about you? (For further study look at Colossians 2:6-7). Pastor Gary <>< 

11:30, The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” Wisdom in the heart of the righteous wins many things but nothing more rewarding or pleasing to God than souls. And isn’t my life given to me to please God. Oswald Chambers said, “I have to learn that the aim in life is God’s, not mine” (11/10). Have we really given thought that our life righteously lived can lead someone to the redeeming grace of God? The fruit of the righteous provides, a holy and helpful influence, a way back from a wayward and downward path, and a permanent change in destination, heavenward! To live a life of righteousness and provide such fruit does not come without its challenges, the wicked will always be against us, sin will always tempt us, but remember God will never forsake us! We must put forth are whole strength to “win souls” for this is God’s will! Pastor Gary ><> 

10:1, The Proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother.”  It is impossible to estimate the tremendous influence which children have on the happiness 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. “No man lives unto himself.”  Sons and daughters should live a life regarding their father and mother. It is not that our sons or daughters fail, it is if they fail and then refuse to acknowledge and apologize for the hurt and pain they caused. But if they do, parents, it is our responsibility to rejoice once again! Pastor Gary ><> 

9:4-6, “Are you confused about life, don't know what's going on? Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me! I've prepared a wonderful spread—fresh-baked bread, roast lamb, carefully selected wines. Leave your impoverished confusion and live! Walk up the street to a life with meaning” (MSG). Wisdom invites all people to a feast. It’s God’s invitation to eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ. God has only left us one thing to do and that is come! His mercy, friendship, comfort, peace, strength, and hope wait for us to come. This is God’s invitation to forsake folly, and to walk in righteousness, resulting in eternal life. He calls us away from the practice of sin and into fellowship with Himself. All are invited but only those who come and partake of God’s invitation will find the true meaning of life. Please come to the only feast that can transform your life! Pastor Gary <>< 

8:3-4, “She [wisdom] cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors: ‘To you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the sons of men’.” Wisdom is not hard to find, it’s more like men are not seeking her. She is positioned at the gate of the city where she is sure of being seen. People pass by her as they come in and out of the city, she can’t be missed but she certainly can be ignored and she calls out for all those to follow. It is a great picture of the gospel, the “good news Jesus saves”, being presented to all people in every age. How many hear from the entrance and the exit of the city, and yet reject the lifesaving message from God. The call of wisdom is to all who have taken up with worldly interests to come back to the ways of the Lord with firm and steady steps. Join in the call that Jesus saves for it is God who is not willing that any should perish (2 Pet.3:9). Pastor Gary ><> 

7:18-20, Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves with love. For my husband is not at home; He has gone on a long journey; He has taken a bag of money with him and will come home on the appointed day.” Here we find an invitation for sensual sin, it is as intoxicating as drunkenness, and the consequences are just as deadly. The invitation proceeds to encourage the man by showing that there is no fear of getting caught. She reassures him that her husband is gone therefore he is safe from her husband’s jealousy (6:34). In case that was not enough she promises even more, look at the text again. She wants her way with him, and she has appealed to his reasoning, removed his fear, and caused him to want her. His passion will be turned into action and his action will be the sin that spoils and possible destroys his life. Say no to this invitation! Pastor Gary ><> 

6:32, Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul.” Lust reduces a person to a brainless and brutish condition. Because of his want for this woman, he has taken leave of his senses and lacks understanding. Lust has displaced his judgment, intelligence, and reason. There is no excuse for his sin, but there will be punishment if no repentance. Whoever wants to destroy his life, commit adultery! He is a self-destroyer! This destruction can be looked at in the sense of the moral and physical life but without repentance from such sin, it can and will cause spiritual loss as well. You will not only cause loss to your life but deep hurt and loss to those around you! If beauty is only skin deep, why do we allow it to destroy so much? 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 (Revelation 20:11-15). Because God knows man’s every step, Whom better to judge the wicked. And for the Christian, Whom 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? 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. Our steps are watched, step wisely. Pastor Gary <>< 

4:23, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” Guard the heart above all else. Heart is used figuratively as the feelings, intellect, and the center of everything. It is where we allow influences to come in, but it is also where those influences come out weather good or bad. We are charged to guard the heart for we are created in the image of God. God created us not to have but to be living souls. We guard our hearts (ourselves) by what we think, love, and worship. We guard our hearts as we form godly disciplines like Bible study, prayer, giving, and serving God. When we allow only the right issues in, the right issues will come out. Always keep in contact with those books and those people that enlarge your horizon and make it possible for you to stretch yourself mentally” (O.C). Guard your heart and your feet will walk in the right direction. Pastor Gary <>< 

3:16-18, Length of days is in her (Wisdom) right hand, in her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her.” The last part of verse18 could be seen as a refrain, to each of these promises (read it again). Notice, “Length of days” (v.16) and “she is a tree of life to those who take hold of her” (v.18). Life that is in God never ends even when we die; we live on with Him in eternity. Paul said, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” And to those who look to God for guidance throughout life are honored by other believers. There is an enter peace that believers share, which moves beyond the normal understanding of the world. The believer is not without times of trouble but remember he is never without God either! Pastor Gary ><> 

2:5, Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.” Look at the promises again. When will you? When the “if” conditions of the previous verses are met. Wisdom is the subject, if you receive (v.1), if you cry out (v.3), if you seek (v.4) you will understand and find knowledge. To understand implies the power to discern what it means to fear, reverence, and respect the Lord. You will also find the knowledge needed to know God. To know what pleases Him, to know how to grow spiritually, and to know how to stay under the blessings of God. I have God’s Word and with His wisdom I can understand what I read, know how to apply and live the way that pleases God. Meet the “if” conditions of God to know God, live as “if” they don’t exist and live foolishly without God here and forever! Pastor Gary <>< 

1:10-19, 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 ><> 

31:1-3, The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him: What, my son? And what, son of my womb? And what, son of my vows? Do not give your strength to women, nor your ways to that which destroys kings.” We find few words in the Bible from women, but when we do listen to them. She speaks as a mother concerned about her son. Her concern has not wavered from birth to adulthood nor will it. We as children may grow up and leave home, but that does not discharge a mother’s concern. A mother hopes for good and even great things for and from her children. She desires them to stand strong, wise, honored, and useful throughout life. A mother may teach and voice her concern, but is powerless to control the outcome of a son who wishes to destroy himself. What’s sad is actions that destroy a son also tear at a mother’s heart. Pastor Gary ><> 

30:32-33, If you have been foolish in exalting yourself, or if you have devised evil, put your hand on your mouth. For as the churning of milk produces butter, and wringing the nose produces blood, so the forcing of wrath produces strife.” A simple clasp of your hand over your mouth could save you from the consequences of strife. The consequences can be overcome if you refuse to allow your thoughts to run into action. No evil or foolish thought is fulfilled until it is clothed in words and actions. Self-control could be as simple as putting your hands over your mouth and then just walk away! Do not look back; give no place for foolishness or evil action. If you fail to control yourself, your speech and your actions will then control you and cause you to suffer the consequences (v.33). Pastor Gary <>< 

29:13, “The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives light to the eyes of both.”  The poor are the ones to suffer the most at the hand of the oppressor. And each live as though they have nothing in common. They may be separated by many things but not from God’s perspective. God has given both light and life. They must choose what they will do with it. It’s clear to see that “the oppressor” has already decided what he will do, oppress the poor. In his dealings he fails to see that one day he will give an account to the Lord for his miss treatment of others. The oppressor is adding more than money to his account, with the Lord he is adding a greater judgment for himself. More or less is not the point here, what each of us do with it is. Remember the Lord gives light to all of us and we will all give an account of what and how we live our lives. Pastor Gary ><>

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

27:2 “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.” The emphasis is on the praise that we are to give other people! Almost every person deserves praise and how often we fail to give it. But we are quick to criticize, put down, and blame others which is not our responsibility. So many have done well with the task they have been given to do why not praise them. Praise could encourage a person to reach a personal goal or create a thirst to accomplish greater things. We want to be praised by others why should we not then praise others. But there is also wisdom here about not praising yourself. To praise yourself is a weary thing for all those around you. If praise is due and men fail to give it just remember God never fails. And it’s His praise that counts most anyway! Praise the Lord! Pastor Gary <>< 

26:11, As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” Gross right, it is just his nature! And true of the fool, he never frees himself from the shackles of his foolishness. The fool’s deeds and words always bear the same character to the end. The same truth holds true for the sinner especially the drunkard and the sensualist. Even if they feel temporary regret, and reject their sin, they do not really shake it off completely. Now because sin and foolishness has become second nature to them, they soon relapse to it (read the verse again). The only hope to cure such a foolish nature and nation is Jesus Christ and regretfully men are not turning to Him! Instead they continue to return to their own folly, I guess they think the result will be different! Regretfully, I guess you could say our nation is going to the dogs! Pastor Gary <><