The Proverb For The Day

 

 

12:25, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” Depression causes physical and emotional trouble in our body. We lose our energy for work, play, and fellowship with others. We feel helpless, abandoned, and lost. We plow our way through one terrible day just to find another. But there is hope in good words they express love and kindness. They are words that come from our friends. They are words that bring energy back into our lives they restore our hopes and dreams. Speak to the depressed encouraging words from God, for they will bring light into darkness, replace sadness with joy, and life where there was death. Next time you say something think of the power in the words you say and speak with wisdom and kindness because they can make the heart glad! Pastor Gary <><

11:29, “He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.” There always seems to be the one that troubles the home. It could be son or daughter, husband or wife no matter how trouble comes it is always unwanted and unnecessary. We have all had experience with the “trouble maker” he or she can cause worry, shame, and disrupt the entire family. And they usually blame their troubles on someone else, by refusing ownership, and help they end up with nothing from the family. The “trouble maker” will be reduced to seek a servant roll from the wise of heart. We find this truth in the example of the prodigal son parable where he prayed to his father to make him one of his hired servants (Luke 15:19). The “trouble maker” can only find peace and place in the family through repentance and forgiveness! But they be humbled first. Pastor Gary ><>

10:23-25, “To do evil is like sport to a fool, but a man of understanding has wisdom. The fear of the wicked will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted. When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation.” The reader can see again the contrast between the fool and the wise. Their actions always separate the one from the other. There are some reality shows that lean on the side of such foolishness. There are certainly many movies where “evil is like sport”, and it is called entertainment. But the reality is that evil people are plotting their next evil action and we seem to never know where they will strike next. We may not be able to stop evil, but we can put our faith in God, that will one day send “the whirlwind…but the righteous has an everlasting foundation.” Desire righteousness! 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 <><

7:14-17, "I have peace offerings with me; today I have paid my vows. So I came out to meet you, diligently to seek your face, and I have found you. I have spread my bed with tapestry, colored coverings of Egyptian linen. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.” Note the hint of religion, “offerings”, it’s as though her evil activity is approved because she paid her religious vows. Religious activity will never make anyone right with God; only faith in Jesus Christ can do that. Offerings, Bible reading, church attendance, mission trips, or prayer cannot cover sin, only the blood of Jesus Christ can do that! There is no spiritual time clock to be punched, only “Christ” to be followed. Today as always people have a little religion and live in sin as though God looks the other way when it comes to them. The same reasoning above, a little religion and much sin, is still deadly today. 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.”  Whenever a man cast off wisdom he lays himself open to a strong and sad temptation. The reference of the text is the sin of sensuality; the wise man is warning against the flattering words of a seductress. The sin of sensuality 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 unblushing or may flaunt itself before the heavens. Sin is not without consequences, such as the loss of temporal possessions, and far beyond this the loss of life both temporal and eternal. Keep away! Pastor Gary ><>

5:15-17, Drink water from your own cistern, and running water from your own well. Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, streams of water in the streets? Let them be only your own, and not for strangers with you.” We find here the counterpart of the earlier warning for the lips of the immoral woman (V.5-6). The husband and wife is the relationship God chooses to bless! And men we need to take note of our wife! She is described as a cistern and spring, which was highly esteemed. The wife therefore is to be the husband’s unique delight, the source of pleasure, and the faithful origin of the family. She is to be “your own” – which is in contrast of the immoral woman’s love. You are to be only your wife’s lover and she must be your only lover also. God will bless the man and woman that take their wedding vows seriously. It honors God and He in turn honors you! 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 ><>          

2:19, “None who go to her (an immoral woman) return, nor do they regain the paths of life.” Those who join her are described as not able to return. The Targum reads, “They shall not return in peace.” There is much difficulty for those who give themselves up to indulgences of lust (adultery, fornication, homosexuality, etc). These are easier moved into, than they are moved away from. St. Chrysostom said, “It is as difficult to bring back a libidinous (strong sexual desires) person to chastity as a dead man to life.” And Deiphobe said, “O Trojan, son of Anchyses, easy is the path that leads to hell. But to retrace one's steps, and escape to the upper regions, this is a work, this is a task.”The Supreme Court, Obama and others support of gays have made it even more difficult for them to ever turn from sin to Christ. I believe the Bible, not Obama or his followers! 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 ><>

31:20-22, “She extends her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household is clothed with scarlet. She makes tapestry for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.” This wife not only takes care of her family, but she also helps the poor. Because of the work of her hands, the poor are helped, her family is warm in winter, and she even has time to make something nice for herself. It seems to be implied that the prosperity which she experiences is the reward of her benevolence towards others, “He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor” (Prov.22:9). This wife is a great example of how we should all live and if any of us wish to be blessed by the Lord, we must be generous with what we have too. Pastor Gary ><>   

30:10, “Do not malign a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.” Another way to say this same truth, “mind your own business.” A modern proverb says, "People who live in glass houses should not throw stones." One day the tables may be turned. The person we accuse today, rightly or wrongly, may be in a position to bring charges against us later on. Most people have secret guilt that they would not want anyone to expose. Joseph is a prime example having been sold secretly into slavery by his brother, yet when the table turned he refused to expose his brother or seek to judge him for his evil deed. Joseph allowed the grace of God to work even in the mist of such a secret and trusted that what had happened was well within the reach of God. Be careful about tattling, remember nothing is out of the reach of God. 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 ><>

28:3, “A poor man who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain which leaves no food.” The driving rain has come just after the seeds were planted and washed away the seeds or come right at harvest time and ruined the crops. The man is compared to a driving rain rather than a soft rain which could help produce a crop. The text points out that a poor man who rises to power only to oppress the poor makes the very worst kind of leader. Such a man has learned nothing from his former condition but callous indifference, and now seeks to exercise on others that power which once angered him. It’s somewhat like the school boy who was bullied and grows up only to bully others, he has learned nothing from his own experience. Such a person could help but instead hinders even to the point of oppressing others. Might our leadership always provide help not hurt! Pastor Gary ><>

27:22, “Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his foolishness will not depart from him.” The process of separating the husks from the corn using a pestle and mortar is harsh, and the idea is that the most brutal pains are wasted on the persistent fool. His foolishness will not depart from him. An obstinate, self-willed, unprincipled man cannot be reformed by any means. His folly has become a second nature, and is not to be eliminated by any teaching, discipline, or severity. There is, too, a judicial blindness, when, after repeated warnings willfully rejected and scorned, the sinner is left to himself, given over to a reprobate mind (Romans 1:18-32). Our Nation is busy giving men and women their rights to be foolish but they will only serve them a short time and then destruction. Pastor Gary ><>

26:12, “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” Conceit is the root of this man’s problem. He sees his way as right and considers not the advice or wisdom of others. Conceit blinds him to his true condition and character. He will not learn because he believes in his own way. He will not follow because of his high opinion of himself. His condition is nourished by ignorance. He lacks insight and therefore a fool has a better chance than him. The fool is not hedged in on ever side and he is not cut off by his own conceit, therefore he still can be saved. Hope is expectation of something longed for in the future. The conceited are content in their own ways, and the fool may be silly but hope is still in his grasp. The fool needs to grow up, but the conceited needs to give up on his ways! Pastor Gary <><

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 about others. 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’s 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 ><>

24:8-9, “He who plots to do evil will be called a schemer. The devising of foolishness is sin, and the scoffer is an abomination to men.” We see here a man engaged in thoughts and actions of foolishness. He shows a certain kind of misapplied cleverness, in contrast to the true nature of wisdom. He is guilty of planning and pursuing evil schemes! His nickname “lord of mischief” and men must not follow such an imposter. The thoughts of this man are not only foolish, but sinful. He does not pursue a good end, but prepares misery for himself and is blind to his best interests. The man that scoffs at righteousness is an abomination to God, men, and a cause of evil. He leads others to thoughts and acts which are a disgrace to God! The connection between sin and folly, as between wisdom and righteousness is continually enforced throughout the Bible. Beware of a schemer! Pastor Gary <><

22:13, The lazy man says, "There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!" I have heard most of my life, “that any old excuse will do” and I think this one really expresses that saying. Lions live out in the wild, yet the lazy man professes a danger that does not exist in the mist of the city. Most excuses sound about as ridiculous as this one, yet they seem to justify a reason for getting something for nothing. Lazy men have learned well, they use the system for their own gain, live without working, and get sympathy when they should get a job. And I know I’m not being politically correct, but our system is broken and there are no lions in the streets, just lazy people unwilling to work. And I’m also aware that there are real needs but until we uproot the sluggard the truly needy will go without help. Hey, it’s not a “lion” go to work! Pastor Gary ><>

21:1, The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.” To help us realize who really holds the reins of power, Solomon pointed us to the throne above all thrones – the throne of the King of all kings. With this verse he showed us how God pursues His way.  The picture of this verse is that of an eastern farmer who directs the water in his irrigation channels simple by moving his foot to dam the flow here or release it to flow there. It is that simple to make the water run wherever he wishes. It is also that simple for God to overrule in human affairs. He makes the very wrath of man to praise Him (Ps.76:10). I am grateful that although men of power appear to be in control, even making immoral and evil decisions their ultimately not. Let the enemies of God beware one touch of the Divine finger and their dead! Pastor Gary ><>

20:26, “A wise king sifts out the wicked, and brings the threshing wheel over them.” Note the mark of a wise leader, separating the wheat (good) from the chaff (bad) through the winnowing or sifting process. Or as we have heard said, “drain the swamp.” The problem seems to me that behind the weakness of the leaders is the power of a well-organized special-interest group. And what’s sin and disgusting are the immorality that some of the interest groups are organizing to protect. We have come to a place and time where we agree to disagree when we should disagree. I disagree with those that believe homosexuality, adultery, sodomy, drunkenness, abortion, etc. is right. I don’t believe hate is the answer, but neither is acceptance. And if a line of separation was maintained at least wrong had definition. God will one day come and separate the wheat from the chaff! Pastor Gary ><>

19:22, “What is desired in a man is kindness, and a poor man is better than a liar.” Kindness is what we do not only in word but also in deed. Kindness reaches out with a helping hand, or a charitable gift. Kindness is a characteristic that every person should display although all don’t. Kindness makes for good friends, strong relationships, and honest dealings. Acts of kindness make people more desirable than those without it. Note the last part, “and a poor man is better than a liar.” We see here a poor man who would give willingly, but has nothing, marked better than the man who could give yet says he has nothing therefore lies. The poor man’s intent is valued as kindness, but the other man is marked as a liar. We can all engage in acts of kindness even those without means, and we all should. Let’s be better than a liar! Pastor Gary ><>

18:6 (MSG), “The words of a fool start fights; do him a favor and gag him.” How many could be helped with a simple gag! These are the people that have to get the last word in and it is usually the one that starts a fight. One word less could have made a big difference. If you were to not say it, a fight might be avoided; a friendship might stay strong, and you might not be looking for a new job now. But hey, you got the last word in! The fool’s words always lead to strife and quarrels; he or she seems unable to control their lips, yet always expects forgiveness. Harsh words for him or her are easy spoken, impossible to take back and always available the next time they want to us them. A gag might help, but a change of heart would go deep enough to change his or her vocabulary! Only faith in Jesus can make that change. Pastor Gary <><

17:5, “He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.” Whenever an action promises punishment we should avoid it. But how many of us have avoided such activity throughout life? We seem to be drawn to the things we should avoid, and wind up suffering the consequences for our actions latter. The writer is giving strong warning about how we treat others, especially the poor. The first thing we usually fail to see is that everyone is made in God’s image therefore, to mock the poor or rich is to speak against God. Very few people would ever speak against God directly but most of us do indirectly when we consider this principle. And the second thing we usually fail to avoid is revenge but we are guilty of that when we celebrate calamity. The only way to avoid punishment is to obey God’s word. Pastor Gary ><>

16:25, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death”. The Pharisees along with many others would certainly fit in this “seems right” mentality (Matt.23). This is a supreme mistake, and it will lead to death. So many have convinced themselves that they are reconciled to God, in His favor, and promoting His kingdom while all the time far from Him. Jesus said, “If we walk in the light as He is in the light.” And Oswald Chambers said, “Walking in the light means for many of us walking according to our standard for another person. The deadliest Pharisaic act today is not hypocrisy, but unconscious unreality.” (03-16). One can travel on the “seems right” path so long that they’re not even aware it’s the wrong path. The wrong path is traveled by so many and for so long, that it’s difficult to see they are on a path that leads to death! Exit now before it’s too late! Pastor Gary ><>

15:20, “A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish man despises his mother.”  It is impossible to estimate the tremendous influence which children have on the happiness or sadness 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. As someone said, “No man lives unto himself.”  Sons and daughters should live a life regarding their father and mother. It’s not that our sons or daughters fail, it’s if they fail and then refuse to acknowledge and apologize for the hurt and pain they caused. A wise son or daughter makes glad parents! Be wise! Pastor Gary ><>

14:4, “Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; But much increase comes by the strength of an ox.” We must learn to take the good with the bad, especially when the good outweighs the bad. If you have an ox (horse, cow, dog, etc.) you will have to put up with having to clean up behind it. Notice the advantage of owning an animal. It provides strength to work the farm and produces crops that in turn fill the barns. All such animals produce and provide for families, stores, and the like. But each comes with the responsibility of care. Animals were depended upon much more for work than pleasure when this was written. But the principle remains the same, the increase does not come without responsibility. If you’re going to own an animal take care of it. Pastor Gary ><>

13:24, “He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.” The old English proverb says, “Spare the rod and spoil the child.”  There seems to be an imbalance when it comes to child-rearing today. And it seems the rod has landed on the lighter side if used at all today. The idea here is that discipline must come every time and soon after correction is needed. Parents must discipline their children while their still under the influence of the home. Without the “rod” bad behaviors take root and grow into little “monsters” which seems funny at the time but as they grow into adults that behavior is no longer funny. Love must be at the root of all our discipline. Discipline takes care and time to enforce if it is to have the proper outcome. I know that many will disagree, but it’s God’s command for rearing children, tell Him no! Pastor Gary ><>