The Proverb For The Day

 

 

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 <><

22:10, Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease.” Contention, strife, and reproach come into our homes, businesses, or churches through scoffers (disrespectful people). And usually we allow and even empower such a person to disrupt everyone else by not casting them out. If we don’t deal with such people how will they understand they are the problem? Cast them out cut them off, give them a reality check that everything is not ok and that you do not approve of such behavior. They are the problem and they need to understand that only a change in their behavior will be accepted if there is to be a continued relationship with you. But even if he/she doesn’t change at least you’ve created a healthier and happier place to live. Instead of putting up with them put them out! Pastor Gary <>< 

21:15, It is a joy for the just to do justice, but destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.” Oswald Chambers wrote, “There is no joy in the soul that has forgotten what God prizes” (1-21). The righteous experience joy in doing what is right, they have the comfort of a good conscience, and the feeling that they are making God’s will their own. The opposite is true for the workers of iniquity destruction will come to them. The world is proving that the righteous man is too much to behold, for his life is not like other men’s, his ways are of “Another”, he abstains from the ways of the wicked! He is hated by worldly men yet prized by God. His joy is of God and from God for he is a man seeking God and doing good to men! We must always remember what God prizes, and live accordingly! Pastor Gary ><>

20:20, “Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in deep darkness.”  People seem to believe they can live above the consequences of anything. But don’t be fooled, God will not be mocked. John Phillips wrote, “A young person may earn God's disapproval by disobeying his parents or deceiving his parents or disliking his parents, but woe betide the child who defames his parents. Cursing one's father or mother reveals a condition of heart and mind that is ripe for judgment.” Judgment comes through removing the lamp, now only deep darkness exists, without escape or hope of Divine protection. Lamp is a metaphor applied to the body and spiritual life, to happiness and prosperity, and to a man’s fame and reputation. His fate is the exact opposite of the blessings of the Law. Keep the lamp burning, honor your father and mother! 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, “the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding” (Job 28:28). To know God as He is revealed in Jesus is to be enriched in the most precious and valuable knowledge. And it has more worth than can be found in a man’s pockets. 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 don’t try to seek safety from any other source. God is their source, and strong tower, run to Him for He alone is able to provide safety. We may not be able to avoid trouble, but it’s 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 <><

17:27-28, “He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.” A lot of words do not prove you know a lot. Quietness is always better than rash talk. There is nothing wrong with talking as long as you know what you’re talking about. But to just talk, silence would be better. A man should always give consideration before he speaks and never speak with a hot temper. Speak calmly for it shows understanding, thoughtfulness, and respect for others. When a calm person speaks he usually has something of value to say. Spare your words and express knowledge, and stay calm to understand a situation before you speak. People listen and respond better to a “calm spirited man.” Be that man! Pastor Gary <><

16:3-5, “Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established. The LORD has made all for Himself, Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom. Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.” This proverb presents a picture of two people going arm in arm to carry out some evil enterprise. Solomon looks at man’s ways, wickedness, and willfulness. We are instructed by the wise man to submit our plans to the Lord, otherwise the best laid plans can go astray. Too often we make plans, plunge into a course of action, and as an afterthought ask God to bless what we are doing. For all those who plan without the Lord – He will have His way overruling them for the day of doom. But the wicked man is so bent toward willfulness that he is willing to join forces with more wicked men, but they all will fail. 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 do to its size or location. It is easily hidden but not easily tamed! One only has to close his mouth to hide it, but one has to 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 ><>

14:28, “In a multitude of people is a king's honor, but in the lack of people is the downfall of a prince.” The writer is taking aim at leadership and if the leader lacks followers that respect and trust him he will eventually fall. People are the leader’s greatest resource and without them he is the leader of nothing. A pompous title with no meaningful responsibility draws little respect. We can see this happening today within our government, leadership titles with little respect and certainly little trust from the people that they are to represent. We need leaders that lead with honesty and integrity not making deals under the table or behind closed doors. We need leaders that can work together, leading people not dividing them into political parties. Division never works in leadership because it will always “lack people”. 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 ><>

12:27, “The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, but diligence is man's precious possession.”  The lazy man goes to a great deal of trouble to get something he thinks he wants. However as soon as he gets it, he loses all interest in it. The man after his hunt never uses the meat of his prey. Perhaps by the time he gets around to roasting the meat, it is spoiled or stolen. It's too late, but he doesn't really care. His interest in the chase was only superficial at best. Had the man shown just a little diligence, he would have cooked and provided not only for himself but for others. He lacked a most precious possession, diligence! Diligence is that quality a man has that causes him to be careful and persistent with great effort towards his work. The diligent man knows the value of what he has, because he has put forth the effort to acquire it, and the responsibility to share it! Pastor Gary ><>

11:21, Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished; but the posterity of the righteous will be delivered.” No man will escape the judgment of God. Judgment may be delayed, but never deny its coming. The danger is the things we deny we also fail to prepare for! The wicked can join forces with others but still they will not go unpunished. There is a certain sense of security when men come together in large numbers, but it is a false sense! What do numbers mean against the Almighty? Despite what Mr. Obama and others think the homosexuals, covetous, and alike, may join forces but they will still be defeated and judged in the end! But the righteous will be delivered. Even though God allows a man to go long without the proof of His favor, He will not withhold his blessing. “The generation of the upright will be blessed” (Ps.112:2), and delivered! Pastor Gary <><

10:3, The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, but He casts away the desire of the wicked.” The righteous and wicked are always in contrast both in life and in death. The righteous are blessed but the wicked are cursed. God alone has power over both. The righteous are right with God because of their faith in Christ, not only in word but also in action. There is a principle in the New Testament, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:26, 33). But the wicked, God will push or drive away all their desires. God frustrates their plans, hopes, and dreams therefore they cannot find satisfaction no matter what they try. They will continue to crave for that which satisfies, but they will not find it until they put their faith in Christ. You cannot try Christ you must trust Him and He knows the difference. Pastor Gary <><

9:1-3, “Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars; she has slaughtered her meat, she has mixed her wine, she has also furnished her table. She has sent out her maidens, she cries out from the highest places of the city.” Wisdom invites all people to a feast. Christ, “the wisdom of God” is inviting all people to partake of eternal life! Everything has been prepared throughout the ages from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Christ came, died, rose, and the Gospel is being proclaimed, and men need only to come. Wisdom cries out to everyone from every place and even invites others to cry out as well. It is the Lord Himself that calls out, “Come to Me”, if any man thirst”, “I am the bread of life,” etc. Many have heard, some have come, but many still need to answer the call of our Lord. Let’s stay faithful in sharing the good news of Christ. 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 ><>

7:13 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, on 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 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 ><>

6:24-26, (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 seductress. 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. Stay wise! Pastor Gary ><>

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

4:10-12, Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, and the years of your life will be many. I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.” The father wants his son to not only hear but also to receive and apply his instructions. Because it’s only the doing that brings the blessings, a longer life and the power to avoid the temptations of evil (V.14). The father includes the past and future teachings, the way that leads to life, and how important it is to stay on the wisdom way. If the son walks in the ways of his father, he will walk in right paths. Instruction will provide direction if application and obedience is achieved. The son’s daily walk will not be hindered nor, will he stumble over conflicting interests. His circumstances will not control him, wisdom will! Pastor Gary ><>

3:19-20, “The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens; By His knowledge the depths were broken up, and clouds drop down the dew.” John Phillips wrote, “Wisdom takes us back to the beginning and introduces us not to nothing, or even something, but to Someone—to God. ‘There!’ says Wisdom. ‘Out of His wisdom all was created. He knows all the laws of physics, all the laws of chemistry and biology. He knows the mathematics of the universe, all its detailed and complex equations. He knows all the laws known to science and all the laws not known to science. He knows them not because He has investigated them, but because He has invented them.’ The more complex the universe is discovered to be, the greater tribute it is to His genius, wisdom, and omniscience. Folly says, ‘It just happened.’ Wisdom motivates us to bow at the feet of the Almighty.” And I say amen! Pastor Gary ><>

2:20-22, So you may walk in the way of goodness, and keep to the paths of righteousness. For the upright will dwell in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the earth, and the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.” The righteous seek the will of God therefore they follow Christ and keep His Word. God has made it so that the righteous is rewarded but the wicked is destroyed! God will uphold the integrity of the righteous and He will show favor to them here and in heaven. But the wicked have not turned to God and His righteousness will be cut off from them. And if they continue in unbelief and foolishness they will be cut off from God not only here but also from eternal life in Heaven. Every person can walk in the path of righteousness through Jesus Christ (John 3:16). Walk on the path of “righteousness” and live forever! Pastor Gary <><

1:3-6, To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity; To give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion--A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, to understand a proverb and an enigma, the words of the wise and their riddles.”  The writer starts right off giving his reason for writing the Proverbs. Yet most start out their day without reading them or anything from God’s Word! To read is to receive wisdom, to gain knowledge, discretion, and it increases understanding. During the course of any day we will be confronted with conflicting choices, unwanted temptations, and a surplus of distractions. Satan hopes every day that you don’t have time to be in God’s Word. Satan attacks, distracts and destroyers, But Solomon writes and invites all to be wise! 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’s not pass this forward! Pastor Gary ><>

29:23, “A man's pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.” So near are extremes in life, here we see pride and humility. Those that build for a life time must lay their foundation with humility. As men fall by pride, they recover by humility. And the humbler a man, the more God will honor him! The humble man does not seek honor, but by his life and action unconsciously attains it. The moment we think we are highest in our imagination; brace ourselves, because pride is extremely destructive. Pride transformed Lucifer into Satan. Pride brought Adam and Eve low. Pride turned Cain into a murderer and King Uzziah into a leper. Pride filled the hearts of the Pharisees and Sadducees so that they sought the chief seats in the synagogue and the places of honor at every feast. Pride will ruin your life too! Humility will bring honor! Pastor Gary ><>

28:24, “Whoever robs his father or his mother, and says, ‘It is no transgression,’ the same is companion to a destroyer.” (Adult) Children, who rob their (elderly) parents, may convince themselves they have not committed a transgression, but the Lord knows the truth. Any child that would rob his or her parents has done a terrible sin. This is a violation of God’s command of how we are to treat our parents, and it is also a breach in a relationship toward parents who have the strongest claim on our lives. A true child who realizes what is due his or her parents will not only shrink from such sin but will consider how he or she can return to their parents all that they have received from them. Children should show kindness, obedience, and a willingness to share the needs of their parents. Our parents face enough in their senior   years, and we should always help them. Pastor Gary <><

27:17 (MSG), “You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another.” Friendships needed but rare. This is a picture of sharpening a sword as it collides with another source of steel or stone. The collision of mind with mind draws out the truth and gives opportunity to change perspective. A man may grow wiser by an hour’s discourse with a friend than by a day’s meditation. What we fail to see, is a friend can see what we cannot, so through such discourse changes can be made. Someone said, “In the collision of minds the man brings his own thoughts to light, and whets his wits against a stone that cuts not.” A true friend will not agree with you if you are wrong, but he will listen and offer advice. One of the most dangerous things you can do is become disconnected or isolated. Friends help make us, make good friends! Pastor Gary <><

26:1-2, Expecting snow in summer and rain in the dry season makes more sense than honoring a fool. A curse you don’t deserve will take wings and fly away like a sparrow or a swallow.” The snow, rain, and honor are all out of place here. They are the result of freak conditions. Honor for instance is inappropriate for a fool; he deserves no honor! It is out of place as snow in summer, respect to a fool and ungodly man no, nor raise him to a position of dignity; such will only confirm his foolishness, give others a wrong impression, and give him increased power for more folly. Goliath was given such a position by a nation that thought size matters (1 Samuel 17:8-9), and the curse of Goliath was like the sparrow, aimless and useless. David defeated him with a stone launched for the cause of God! We have no need to fear a foolish man or his curse (V.2). Pastor Gary ><>

25:12,Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.” Gold earrings or a necklace when worn rightly sets off the person’s grace and beauty. And when a wise rebuke is received by an obedient ear beauty of a different kind is seen. The person that listens with the intent to obey is wiser for it. The rebuke is to help not harm, it is to encourage a different way to go, and give an opportunity for a different result in the end. Next time someone gives you counsel about a matter you might want to listen to it and realize the beauty that it could bring into your life. A rebuke could save your life, your relationship, or even your soul. A wise rebuke whether it comes from a friend, parent, or spouse could be the right ornament, so wear it proudly. Pastor Gary <><

24:21-22, “My son, fear the LORD and the king; do not associate with those given to change; For their calamity will rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin those two can bring?” John Philips said these two verses deal with fickleness. And He said, “Here Solomon pointed us to the vacillating person— the fair-weather friend, the man who trims his sails to the prevailing political or religious wind. Having no permanent loyalty, he is only concerned about his selfish interests and personal safety. We are to note the vacillating person's instability (v.21). We are also to note the vacillating person's insecurity (v.22). Solomon warned his son not to trust a man who has turned traitor once. He might betray his king again. Solomon traced unstable behavior to a failure to keep God in the picture. The fear of the Lord cancels out the fear of man, a major cause of vacillation.” Pastor Gary ><>