The Proverb For The Day

 

 

14:11, “The house of the wicked will be overthrown, but the tent of the upright will flourish.”  The content of ever house shall be exposed in the days to come if not already. One will be overthrown and the other will flourish. The wicked build their houses on all the wrong things in life although they are convinced their building will last, but it won’t (The Wagner family brought down after two years). “The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous will stand” (Prov.12:7). But note the “tent” of the upright, it will flourish. It’s only a “tent” how can it last, because the home of the righteous is a place where God is in residence, where He feels at home, where He is acknowledged and made welcome. In turn God will bless this tent all the way into eternity. What is your house built upon? Pastor Gary ><>

 

13:6, Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.” I have always heard, “what you see is what you get”, but what you don’t see is usually what you end up with. Time in a relationship has a way of revealing the true identity of a person. Almost anyone can put up a front for a short time. But someone with true righteousness maintains integrity and proves to be blameless. Their righteousness is based upon faith in God and His moral order. Therefore, the righteous man lives by moral principles and a fixed purpose of mind and heart to live blameless. But the sinner can only maintain a superficial posture for a short time and then given the right condition he is exposed. Wickedness is his true character; his moral decay has eaten away at his reputation, possessions, and health. Seek righteousness! 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, 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 <><

11:2, When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom.” It has been said, “Pride comes before the fall”, and of course shame follows. The prideful lack good sense, therefore they reject the instructions of the wise. Pride blinds a man of his foolishness and arrogance holds him there. He refuses to listen to those who have gone before him in life experiences. Pride makes him think he has found a short cut in life and instead it will turn out to be a dead end. It will take much affliction to break him or bring him low because of the high opinion he has of himself. Pride not only hurts him but also his family and friends. But the humble are wise; they have bent their knees in worship of the Lord. They desire His teachings and they long for His kingdom to come. The favor of the Lord is upon them and His presence is evident by their humility and wisdom. Pastor Gary <><

10:19-21, In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is worth little. The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of wisdom.” There are 10 verses in this chapter that deal with speech! By the use of the tongue a man can bless or curse another (James 3:9). The tongue that lies, robs a man of his reputation. He also slanders, speaking falsehood, lewdness, profanity, and is a present destruction (V.18). The man that is ever speaking with little forethought is sure to violate truth and righteousness each time he talks. But the man that restrains his tongue speaks as choice silver, good words with sound principles, and sustains others. “The lips of the righteous feed many”, they fill others with hopefulness and energy! Speak always with silver! 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 hopes await all those who 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 change your life! Pastor Gary <>< 

8:12, “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion.” John Phillips wrote, “Wisdom and prudence are twin sisters. The word translated ‘prudence’ means ‘good sense.’ A person can have wisdom without having good sense. Good sense brings wisdom down to earth, makes it practical, and relates it to the everyday concerns of life. A person can have a lot of wisdom in some areas but lack common sense in other areas.” Solomon had wisdom but he lacked prudence (good sense). He could resolve conflicts, and had knowledge about all kinds of things but yet lacked the ability to choose a wife. In fact, he ended up with a thousand wives. And by the time he wrote Proverbs he realized his lack of good sense but now it was too late. So the best he could do is to advice people to become both wise and prudent. I hope you will take his advice. 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 battle field 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 <><

6:22, When you roam, it will lead you; when you sleep, it will keep you; and when you awake, it will speak with you.” Wisdom will guide, defend, and be your companion. First, if we travel by land, sea, or air; we can count on the Lord to guide our steps. He leads our steps on paths to truth, purity, righteousness, and happiness. Second, when we stop to sleep or rest we can do just that, because the Lord will set up a defense against our enemy. With such protection, our minds can be clear, and at rest. And third, He is our companion in all that we do. We never have to face anything alone, He knows the danger ahead, how to avoid it, and He walks ahead of us every day. As we follow God we learn His will, we learn which way to go, what to avoid, and how to be revived with holy energy. Doesn’t it make you wonder why so many refuses to travel with the Lord? Pastor Gary <><

5:13-14, I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me! I was on the verge of total ruin, in the midst of the assembly and congregation.” The disobedient man admits he had teachers but did not regard their warnings and reproofs. And to heighten his shamelessness he was unrestrained even in the presence of the assembly of God’s people. How senseless is sin, it embraces a short-lived pleasure only to reject a life-long joy? It hurts and cost not only you but all those around you! Why exchange lawful and honorable love for shameful lust? Why turn away from a life God blesses to a life of total ruin? How bitter is self-disappointment, remorse, and regret for such sin. To avoid such sin, listen and obey God and His people! Pastor Gary <><

4:6, “Do not forsake her [Wisdom], and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you.” Wisdom is not just about what to do but it also includes what to avoid. There is so much in this life that tempts us to stray from God. Therefore, we are instructed not to forsake wisdom. To forsake is to loosen, relinquish, or forget the wise teachings in your life. There is a promise given to those who love wisdom: she will “preserve” and “keep” you. Wisdom will guard, protect, and maintain what wise teachings provide for you throughout life. Love wisdom as you would a friend, obey wisdom as you would a parent and you will have the good sense to turn away from all unrighteousness and the overwhelming results. Love wisdom and win, turn from her and you will lose your way, and possible your life! Pastor Gary <><

3:9-10, “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” We see here the divine and human response. God asked us to honor Him and He in return blesses us. There are two ways in which God blesses, unconditionally and conditionally. We receive much from Him because of His goodness and also because of His faithful response to our prayers. If we love Him we will obey Him (John 14:23). God’s treatment of us most often is in response to our attitude towards Him. If we honor God He will honor us (1Samuel 2:30). And also if we give our possessions back to Him He will enrich us (V.9). We should not expect God to enrich us regardless of His conditions. Honor the Lord and you can look for blessings from Him. Pastor Gary <><

2:10-11, When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you.” On this world the righteous and unrighteous will always walk side by side. Sin sits down at the same places as goodness and there will always be conflicting differences, and opposing lifestyles. With such differing goals in life how does one stay on the right path? Wisdom is the answer and she will provide discretion and understanding. In other words, the acceptance of the truth of God is the one security against sin. When it is pleasant to do God’s will and His Law is in our hearts and minds we then have the barrier against the tides of evil. All those who, “Walk in the way of the LORD” (Ps.119) will never have to utter words of bitter remorse or despair! Wisdom offers to guide us through life, follow her! Pastor Gary ><>

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

31:30-31, Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” Beauty is only skin deep how often have you heard that? There is certainly nothing wrong with beauty as long as that’s not all there is. Beauty can be temporary, superficial, deceptive, and remember it is passing away. But the woman that fears the Lord is not only beautiful but she is enduring, deep, satisfying, and she is worthy of praise. She loves her Lord, husband, children, and home. How many homes are better places because of the sacrifices of mom, a God-fearing woman! The men and children that have a God-fearing woman in their lives should honor her. The writer says, “Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates” (v.31). Men it’s time to step up and give her praise, tomorrow may be too late! Pastor Gary <><

30:18-20, There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Yes, four which I do not understand: The way of an eagle in the air, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship in the midst of the sea, and the way of a man with a virgin. This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth, and says, ‘I have done no wickedness’." Some believe it is the mystery of the flight of an eagle, or the passage of a ship, both move without leaving any visible trace behind. All the evidence is gone which illustrates the adulterous wiping her mouth to leave no visible trace behind. She has sinned in secret, and there is no outward proof of her guilt, and she boldly denies it! But the mystery or secret of our actions are all known by God, and He will bring ever secret work into judgment. The only One who can wipe away our sin is Jesus Christ! 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 ><>

28:27, “He who gives to the poor will not lack, but he who hides his eyes will have many curses.” We must consider that the Lord is fully aware of our giving as well as are keeping. If God can look into the heart of a man He certainly can look into a man’s wallet, or bank account. God knows the worth of all men and He considers them all worth helping. God has set forth a principle, “it is more blessed to give than to receive” and each time He gives us an opportunity to give, do we, when we do we believe Him. And the second principle brought to light here is that you reap what you sow. When we give to the poor we will be blessed and helped in our time of need should that time come. But if we hide our eyes, ignore, and show a lack of compassion the same shall return to us. The point is, it’s foolish to expect help when we refuse to give help. “I” see you! Pastor Gary ><>

27:5, “A truly good friend will openly correct you”. Verses 5, 6, 9, 10, 17; 19 all speak about friendships. There can be no true friendship where one heart does not answer to another, as iron sharpens iron or as the face reflects from a mirror and answers to that which is before it. The writer knows the value of friendships. And has marked out four values. First, “correction” (Vs.5, 6) what no one else is willing to speak; a true friend is willing to speak in love. Second “refreshment” (V.9) it is seen as a sweet smell of incense, we may be tired and worn but a friend renews our hope. Third “consolation” (V.10) the friend that is closer than a brother will not turn us away; he will open his heart and pour out sympathy. And last “encouragement” (V.17) he urges us to honorable achievements, sustains Christian devotion, and strengthens us in every possible way. That’s a friend! Pastor Gary ><>

26:9, Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of fools.” I remember when I was a teenager we boys would have sandspur fights. That’s right sounds foolish and painful it was. But pain was the intent, so you better be able to run and run fast! And to think we were sober, but not so with the man above, drunk and armed with a thorn and ready for mischief. I think you have the picture, a stupid excited person liable to become dangerous for no good reason. In this passage a wise saying in a fool’s mouth is compared with something useless, and it is compared with something injurious. A “proverb” in the mouth of a fool will never reach its intended purpose, which should be to correct, encourage, enlighten, and bring understanding. I continue to hear people say, “that there is nothing harmful about drinking”, foolish thinking! Pastor Gary ><>

25:2-3, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter. As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable.” God has always concealed a matter, He already knows how things work, He created all things. But kings and men search out a matter, trying to unravel the mystery behind God’s creation. Man’s discoveries as great as they might be pale in comparison to what is still concealed. The heart of man also holds its own mysteries. Man has never traveled to the highest point in heaven nor to the deepest depth of the earth, nor will he every completely understand the heart or mind of man. About the time we think we have a person figured out they do something that causes us to rethink a matter. I pray that man’s greatest discovery is Jesus saves – this He will not conceal. Pastor Gary ><>

24:17-18 “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him.”  One only needs to look at the New Testament to find a similar truth, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse” (Romans 12:14). It is most unlike Jesus and a sin when we rejoice in our enemy’s failure, defeat, and even their suffering. And it is also a sin to inflect injury on them by our own hand. Our impulse on the wicked side is to strike those who strike us, and cheat those who cheat us. But in doing so we are being influenced by sin and under the control of the same evil as our enemy. We were made to love and pity, help and bless and to do otherwise is a sad departure from the intentions of Christ. Christ-likeness is most obvious by the way we treat our enemy. 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, that 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 ><>

22:5, Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them.” The perverse are blind and deaf to the commands of the Lord. And their life is characteristic of guilt, suffering, and danger. They choose their own way and by doing so depart from God’s way. Such departure causes men to be lost in the guilt of their sin and in the wilderness where suffering abounds. The danger is a lack of light to travel by and it is a path filled with snares with no hope of avoiding them. But the wise guards themselves from the perverse and by doing so they will preserve their integrity, and find the power to resist temptations. To guard is to stand up for what’s right and against what’s wrong, and by doing so distance will be created between the perverse and the wise. Someone said, “If you will guard your character, God will protect your legacy.” Pastor Gary ><>

21:11, “When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; but when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.” He that places himself above instruction brings himself beneath contempt. The scoffer is hardened to all reproof, and is beyond all hope of being reformed by punishment. But the simple who are not yet confirmed in evil, and are still open to influence, may be led to take warning and change his life after seeing the scoffer’s punishment. Someone said, “God strikes some that he may warn all.” Someone else said, “A nod for the wise, a stick for the fool.” The wise man uses every opportunity, takes advantage of every circumstance and event, to increase his knowledge and experience. If the simple would follow the wise man he could receive knowledge too. Our goal should be to follow instruction and set a good example. Pastor Gary ><>

20:8, “A king who sits on the throne of judgment scatters all evil with his eyes.” Solomon was known for his wisdom and ability to discern truth. Therefore no one could stand in his court and hid evil. Just a look from such a king was enough to make an evil man tremble. The power of a look, most know that look, it’s as though (dad) could look right through you, which gave way to your confession. The day is coming where all men will stand before King Jesus, the believers at the judgement seat and the unbelievers at the great white throne both will tremble before His eyes. There will be no place to hid, no reasoning to be made, all sin not under the blood of Christ will be exposed and judged. It’s obvious that many people don’t believe that such a King exists because of the evil that they do, but one day He will come and scatter all evil with just a look! Pastor Gary ><>

19:3, “People ruin their own lives by stupidity, so why does God always get blamed?” The way in which God intended man to walk is that of wisdom. But man, in his folly, has perverted his way and attempted another path, a short cut if you will to happiness and success! He is headed for ruin leaving the high road for a path of selfishness, worldly pleasures, and making himself the master of his life! As master of his life he makes unwise choices which lead to ruin, yet he blames the Lord. When anything is in the wrong place, there is certain to be unrest, 1 Timothy says, “Some people have made a mess of their faith because they did not listen to their consciences” (1:19). He fails to see that the source of his unrest is in his own heart and says that God has dealt hard toward him! Don’t be stupid and if you do don’t blame God! Live smart, by wisdom! Pastor Gary ><>

18:20-24, “A man's stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth, from the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the LORD. The poor man uses entreaties [pleas], but the rich answers roughly. A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” I like what John Phillips said about these verses, “If we are to live satisfied lives, we need to tame the tongue, win a wife, mind the mouth, and find a friend.” Man will live by the consequences of his mouth, so watch what you say. Marriage is God’s idea so seek God and find a spouse. And friends, to have them you must be friendly yourself. If you have no friends “friendly up” Mr./Miss Scrooge. So simple! Pastor Gary ><>

17:14, “The beginning of strife is like releasing water; therefore, stop contention before a quarrel starts.” Don’t let strife grow! It starts out like a tiny link and if un-repaired turns into a damaging stream. Strife starts out with an unkind thought, turns to an unkind word, and then unwanted fight breaks out. Strife leads to misery, division, and wrong actions among friends and family. It dispels the progress of reconciliation and expends bitter energy on controversy and contention. “Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts”, you may not be able to stop a river, but you can stop a personal dispute. If strife is started, recall the offence and apologize, remember it no more and bring it up not again! Arrest an unkind thought before it turns into an unkind word and moves into damaging actions! Pastor Gary <><

16:1, The preparations of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.” Preparation before action could prevent evil activity. In other words, we should think through before we act. Think about what our action could cost us, our family, friends, church, etc. We should as best we can think the whole matter through, look at the potential harm, and arrest any selfish action. Consider the answer for right actions seek the Lord in prayer. Thoughtful actions come from the Lord and must be followed by effort. Thoughtful actions will change you and could change the attitude of your home, the production of your business, the influence of your life and church, etc. We must be willing for the Lord to give us direction for our activities and always seek Him and depend on Him. It is the touch of God that changes a man’s plans! Pastor Gary <><

15:3, “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” Here we see the concerning eyes of the Lord. His watch is encouraging to the righteous but should be feared by the rebellious and the disobedient. Nothing gets by Him from the humble woman that gave two mites to the prideful scribes that gave only to be seen (Mark 12:38-44). This is also the same watching eye that looked from his home for the return of his wayward son ready to forgive upon his return (Luke 15:11-32). The Lord knows the intent, and motive of men’s hearts and He always rewards and judges accordingly. The Lord is always watching in every place, weighing every action, and discerning every motive. He is ready to forgive all those who turn to Him by way of the cross, but He will judge those who disregard His wonderful grace and cut them off from life. His eye is on us! Pastor Gary ><>

14:5, “A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness will utter lies.” The truth we find here is obvious, but the problem is finding out which one is the liar. It’s important to distinguish between the two especially in a court of law where you need only faithful witnesses. Without faithful witnesses the wrong person could end up in jail and the guilty set free. The false witness’s testimony is worthless but only when you find out its false, until then someone could spend time for a crime they did not commit. It’s sad to say but false witnesses can always be bribed to tell a lie. They stand behind products that don’t work, in courts and swear on the Bible, and in congress making empty promises. But one day they will stand before “The Faithful Witness” (Rev.1:5) and their lies will be exposed and punished! Pastor Gary ><>