The Proverb For The Day

 

 

11:22, As a ring of gold in a swine's snout, so is a lovely woman who lacks discretion.”  The gold ring in the swine's snout suggests the idea that something is out of place. And that which is out of place is beauty and impurity in the woman. Do you only see beauty with your eyes and not with your heart? Our eyes can see beauty but our heart can see moral worth and beauty that is deeper than “only skin.” Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but it could be your eyes that reveal your moral condition. For if it is only with your eyes that you see beauty, you might be looking only through the lens of lust! Therefore, you miss seeing the true character of a woman and what truly makes her beautiful! A woman may lack discretion, but if you end up with her aren’t you guilty of the same lack? Seek beauty that out last the lust of a night! Pastor Gary ><> 

10:28, “If you obey the Lord, you will be happy, but there is no future for the wicked.” It seems men are always looking for ways to be happy, but many it seems are looking in the wrong places. The writer points the reader in the direction of God with the condition of obedience in order to experience happiness. Events, things, and people are not where true happiness is found. It’s man’s right relationship with God through Jesus Christ that results in true happiness. Obedience is the evidence of loving God and happiness is one of the results. But the wicked have no hope of experiencing happiness; they seek wrong things, and wrong relationships. They have no future for happiness or anything else as long as they sow seeds of wickedness. Well I hope you have a good day and if you want to be happy seek and obey the Lord. Pastor Gary <><

9:13, A foolish woman is clamorous; she is simple, and knows nothing.” Sin has reduced this woman to nothing as it does anyone who follows her. What a sad picture, first she is clamorous, which is loud, raging and making trouble. Also, she is simple, unwise, and even seductive. And knows nothing, no ability to discern, comprehend, recognize, regard, or respect wisdom or avoid danger. Her actions are beyond embarrassment; from her house and throughout the city she shouts her invitation to follow her foolish ways (Vs.14-16). She now gives a convincing speech as someone on a campaign trail that promises sweet and pleasant things but delivers only the depths of hell (Vs.17-18). So many have followed her, some have been able to turn back, but many will be like her, reduced to nothing! Her clamorous ways may attract, but they will eventually kill! Pastor Gary ><>

8:5, “O you simple ones, understand prudence, and you fools, be of an understanding heart.” There are some people who think they are wise but are foolish. And there are others who make no pretense of wisdom and live foolishly (simple ones), and still others who seek wisdom. The person who thinks himself wise but is not has cut himself off from wisdom. But both the person whom cut himself off from wisdom and the one seeking wisdom has the hope of finding it. Wisdom does not come without effort. Wisdom is an attribute of God and a grace given to men. Christ is truth and wisdom (1 Cor.1:24). His pre-existence is affirmed in John 8:58. Christ a one-word description for wisdom. If you follow Christ you will have good sense, understanding, instruction, knowledge, and sound judgment. The struggle is to get people to seek Wisdom. Pastor Gary <><

7:1, My son, keep my words, and treasure my commands within you.” Brace yourself temptation will come. We could walk away from temptation so much easier if we would treasure the council of the wise. The writer wants especially the young to pay close attention to his teachings. He has experience which they lack, the pitfalls that hurt, the traps that keep and mark for life. How many have told their story that we could learn from, and yet we still desire to write our own. We all seem to want to know but we refuse to use what someone else knows for our advantage. The writer said, keep and treasure his words (v.1), obey them (v.2), write them in your mind (v.3), and make them your closest friend (v.4). His words are for protection (v.5). Her words are for destruction (v.26). His words or her words! Keep his words! Pastor Gary <>< 

6:33-35, Wounds and dishonor he will get, and his reproach will not be wiped away. For jealousy is a husband's fury; therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will accept no recompense, nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts.” The writer adds two more things that await the adulterer and fornicator – (wounds) personal chastisement and (dishonor) loss of reputation! Jealousy awakens and inflames the wrath and anger of a man or husband to its highest level. It evokes the strongest feelings for revenge. And the injured husband will not show any mercy to the adulterer, the man who has wronged him so deeply. Many gifts, each increasing in value, may be offered, but he may not forego his right to revenge. Men treat sin so lightly, yet it has no forgiveness, apart from faith in Christ. With Christ’s grace even this can be mended! Pastor Gary ><> 

5:11-12, And you mourn at last, when your flesh and your body are consumed, and say: "How I have hated instruction and my heart despised correction!”  The season after enjoying the pleasure of sin will be experienced by guilt, pain, and doom. Sin makes many promises but breaks them all. Sin always presents itself with strong temptations, opposing divine teachings, wise council, and even winning over a man’s own conscience. Sin will if not turned from consume a man’s heritage that he was meant to have from God through Jesus Christ. Sin leaves men unprepared, unequipped, and unable to take hold of all that God had purposed for him. Sin will not go unpunished although it may not come immediately, “you will mourn at last.” Love instruction and correction and experience the peace of God. 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. There are already enough people stumbling in the darkness! Our responsibility as Christians is to journey on the path that is just, living in the light of Christ and providing the way out of the darkness for the lost! Pastor Gary <>< Happy Easter! 

3:9-10, “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first-fruits 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 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, if we give back to Him, He will enrich us with more than we need (V.9). We should not expect God to enrich us when we fail to honor and give to Him. Honor the Lord and you can look for blessings from Him. 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 the righteous will be rewarded but the wicked cut off and uprooted! God will uphold the integrity of the righteous and He will show favor to them here and in heaven. But if the wicked continue in unbelief and foolishness they will be cut off from God not only here but also from eternal life in Heaven. Every person will live forever somewhere and by faith everyone can walk in the path of righteousness through Jesus Christ (John 3:16). Walk on the path of “righteousness” and live forever in heaven! Pastor Gary <>< 

1:10, My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.” Verse 10 warns and through v. 19 are the promises that sinners entice you with to follow them. To entice is to set a trap hoping to lure you into their evil way of life. The temptation to enter such a life is sure to come but you don’t have to say yes. And remember temptation is not a sin, but to join the sinner is. The sinner is not good for you and not even good to you. They seek the wrong things, the wrong places, and the wrong activities in life. They will also promise wealth and popularity, but they fail to tell you, your life will be ruined. There are many troubles, disappointments, and feelings of guilt that could be avoided if we would heed the warnings of wise family members and friends. Do not get caught in such a trap, say no to sin and sinners! In the end, you will be glad you did. Pastor Gary <>< 

31:8-9, “Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.”  When a king indulges himself with women and wine, he is abusing his power. A king should use his power to be an advocate for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Therefore, we hear a mother’s instructions to her son, of what he should do as a leader. His responsibility was to serve the people, protecting their wellbeing, and defending them when unfairly treated. He is to be their voice when theirs was too weak to be heard, and their strength when too weak to defend themselves. He is not expected to do everything for them, but he is expected to provide an environment for them to thrive in. A good leader provides a hand up not a “hand out.” We need an example of leadership not another speech! 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 ><> 

29:2, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” When sinners are put away and the righteous are in the majority, godly men give the tone to society and influence the conduct according to God’s righteous standard, therefore the people rejoice. The righteous have long sense lost authority it has been slowly eroded away. “Faith must be tested, because it can only become your intimate possession through conflict” (O.C. 8-29). We have become so politically correct because we refused to inter into conflict about our faith. What has it cost us, what it always cost any nation that disobeys God? Judges says, “There was peace in Israel for about forty years. Then once again the Israelites started disobeying the LORD, so he let the nation of Midian control Israel for seven years” (6:1). How much longer must we groan? 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 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 don’t understand 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 Jesus Christ! Pastor Gary ><> 

27:21, “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, and a man is valued by what others say of him.” The refining pot test and proves the worth of metal. As the heat brings all impurities to the surface, public opinion brings things to the surface about people. And those that stand such a test and prove good are usually praised and given to leadership. But beware of public opinion alone for it has surely proven false. The true character of a man is revealed when he is hard-pressed or praised. Both should be valuable to his character. The way a man lives in his private life should be no different than the way he lives in his public life, there should be nothing to hide therefore nothing to uncover. There should be no secret that has not been taken care of, when we’re talking about character. What others say about you is important. Talk may not be as cheap as we think! Pastor Gary <>< 

26:8, “Like one who binds a stone in a sling is he who gives honor to a fool.” How useless to tie a stone to a sling shot and try to shoot it, for the stone will go nowhere and accomplish nothing. It is just as useless to give honor to a fool. Wise teachings are of no value to the foolish. They are wise in their own eyes therefore they heed not instruction, advice, or warnings! They will usually call for your monetary help but not care a bit for your council. What they really need they do not want (wisdom) and if we keep giving them what they want (monetary help) we afford them to stay the way they are even longer. The greatest changes come to men when they come to themselves! And most of the time it is when men have exhausted all their resources and if you are not careful yours too! You must step away and allow them to come to themselves! Pastor Gary <>< 

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

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

23:10-11, “Do not remove the ancient landmark, nor enter the fields of the fatherless; For their Redeemer is mighty; He will plead their cause against you.”  Surveys are costly but needed in order to make sure that land lines are right where they belong. Be warned we are not the only ones that record property lines, God records them too. People always seem to want more land, and they don’t care how they get it. And when men are evil enough to remove or move property lines for their own gain it becomes sin against God. Greed has no boundaries, orphans are considered easy prey, but greed will not win in the end. Greed has only managed to blind the greedy from the fact that God is the defender and redeemer of the fatherless. Just remember you may move a landmark for your advantage, but it will turn out to be your ruin! Pastor Gary ><> 

22:17-19, “Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge; For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; Let them all be fixed upon your lips, so that your trust may be in the Lord; I have instructed you today, even you.” This is to hear with intent to obey resulting in obedience and pleasant things. Let those who have tasted of the good Word of God bear witness. The human soul is made for truth, and delights in it. The pleasure of the world cannot compare with it. God’s Word is pleasant and cuts a clear path to Him, warns against evil, and shows the eternal reward of good and the doom of evil! The Word of the Lord is to be received with the appetite of faith, fixed in your mind for easy recall and applied to your heart increasing your trust in the Lord! Incline your ear, give your heart, and trust the Lord! Pastor Gary ><> 

21:18, “The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.” This same truth is also found in Proverbs 11:8. God is at hand to deliver the righteous out of trouble. In fact, the trouble that the wicked devise for the righteous comes back on them. Or God takes the righteous away from the evil to come. The evil from which the righteous is saved fails upon the wicked. As Abraham says to the rich man in the parable, "Lazarus is now happy, and you are in pain" (Luke 16:25). This type of substitution occurs many times in Scripture. Thus, Haman was hanged on the gallows which he had erected for Mordecai (Esther 7:10); Daniel's accusers were cast into the den of lions from which he was saved (Daniel 6:24). The truth will come out and the righteous will be delivered, God has said so! 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 ><> 

19:5, 9, “A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies will not escape.” Verse 9 adds “shall parish.” A false witness is always a threat to any community. It turns our system of justice into at times putting the wrong person in jail or ruining their reputation. It also causes questions as to who is telling the truth. I think we just saw the reality of this during the presidential election. During the pre-election, we were not sure who to believe, or trust with the highest leadership position in our nation. And there is still many doubts and fears about the elect. I believe we all know that everything that was said about or by each candidate was not true, and we are now left to sort it all out. Determining justice sometimes is difficult, but even more difficult when false witnesses are called on. I want to encourage you to trust the Lord because liars will not go unpunished. Pastor Gary ><> 

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

17:3,The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts.” The process for useable metal is done with fire, it separates the impurities, and they are then skimmed off and thrown aside. The pure material that is left is then used. God as well refines us with discipline, for growth, faith, and endurance. God is refining our hearts through trials, to see if we are who we say we are. They prove the quality of our Christian character, and sometimes demonstrate its unreality in us. When a change for the worse comes along through bereavement, disappointment, loss of health and strength, or failure to accomplish some good work on which we had set our heart, will we trust the Lord? God wants us to trust Him and realize His work in our lives is for His glory. If our heart is fixed on Him, we will come through as pure gold! Pastor Gary <>< 

16:7-8, “When a man's ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Better is a little with righteousness, Than vast revenues without justice.” The writer points out that a man’s walk, and his wealth need to be pleasing to the Lord. A righteous walk and a little wealth through the power of God have the potential to change the mind of a man’s enemies and bring contentment for himself for which he thought only vast riches could do. “And the fear of the LORD fell on all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, so that they did not make war against Jehoshaphat” (2 Chronicles 17:10). As Jehoshaphat followed and taught his people to follow the Lord, the Lord blessed him, protected him, and even caused his enemies to bless him with gifts, peace, and wealth. How our nation needs to please the Lord again, and then even our enemies would be at peace with us! Pastor Gary ><> 

15:14, “The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.” The writer sets forth a contrast between the one with knowledge and the fool. Someone wrote, “The heart is within a man and the mouth without, and while the former gives and takes, the latter is only giving out.” The one that seeks knowledge realizes that he has none and therefore seeks it. He is not a know-it-all and continues to seek the knowledge needed to live life skillfully. He knows that knowledge will guide his relationships, guard his heart, and help him teach others the right way. He is seeking knowledge so that he may give it out. The heart of understanding is placed over against the mouth of fools. The fool is silly, unwise, and always up to no good. He seems always busy trying to convince someone of something he’s not. Pastor Gary ><> 

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 ><> 

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

12:17, “He who speaks truth declares righteousness, but a false witness, deceit.” Truthfulness is a trait of righteousness, and righteousness is advanced by truthfulness. This word “truth” most often mentioned in the Bible, is subjective truth, the agreement between our convictions and our speech. Jesus said, “Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice” (John 18:37). And to hear truth brings obligations. Truth cements the social fabric, lying dissolves it. A city of liars would be an inferno of distrust, suspicion, and ruin. We should speak the truth on the small things as well as the difficult things. Under such circumstances only the character that is morally sound will stand for truth. The true man is to be honest, just, and pure in all respects. Truth always declares righteousness. Lying always declares deceitfulness! More than a “long nose” is at stake here! Pastor Gary ><>