The Proverb For The Day

 

 

15:26-28, “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD, but the words of the pure are pleasant. He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, but he who hates bribes will live. The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.” Solomon warns about a man’s thoughts, greed, and his speech. First our thoughts are the driving force of our actions, our actions can be pure or shameful, helpful or harmful. Second is greed, another driving force of our actions. It is a selfish desire for something, especially wealth, and power. Greed is an unquenchable longing for unneeded excess, and it will destroy the home. And last is our speech, it is a revelation of the heart. The righteous consider will this help or hurt, before they answer. Even if the words are for correction, he speaks to help. But the wicked speaks only to hurt. Pastor Gary ><>

14:14, “The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied from above.” Here we find a contrast, a backslidden man full of self, and a good man that is satisfied. The backslider has turned from God to his own ways and he reaps the fruits of his own evil deeds. Johnny Hunt said, “Backslidden is artillery in the hand of Satan aimed at the heart of God.” The backslidden will reap failure, pain, and put forth a bad example for all those who see him. But the good man is satisfied from God, he trusts, obeys, and delights in God’s ways. And he also reaps what he sows, but in good measure. The good man sows of a different spirit and reaps a different fruit. You can sow whatever you want to, but you will reap from whatever you sow! Pastor Gary<><

13:2-3, A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, but the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence. He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.” By kind speech and wise council, you can gain the good will of your neighbors and the blessings of God. But the sinner brings on himself retribution by his crude speech. The mouth finds many ways to destruction therefore it is wise to guard it. There is nothing more disrespectful than an unruly mouth, but the injuries which they devise against others recoil on their own heads! The Danish say, “A silent man's words are not brought into court;” and the Spanish, “Let not the tongue say what the head shall pay for;” while the Italians tell us, “The sheep that bleats is strangled by the wolf:” and “Silence was never written down” (Kelly). To guard your mouth is to guard your life! Pastor Gary ><>

12:23, “A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.” There are times in everyone’s life that they should not tell all, and that would be considered “prudent”. Although many people cannot withstand from telling all even at the expense of someone’s feelings or reputation. Now we are entering the area of “foolishness” and many live and talk from there. Beware of a person that always feels they need to get something off their chest they will hurt and not help you. But the prudent person conceals to protect not himself but others, putting their feelings above his own, and allowing the Holy Spirit to convict when the time is right. All people have value and potential it just takes time and hopefully they will see this too. It’s not that prudent men don’t speak they just waits for the right opportunity to do so. I pray that when we speak it helps others. Pastor Gary ><>

11:31, "If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner!" We can find this proverb quoted in 1 Peter 4:18 he was wanting the reader to understand the great need for the lost to be saved. When a believer suffers, he experiences glory and knows that there will be greater glory in the future. But a sinner who causes that suffering is only filling up the measure of God's wrath more and more (Matt. 23:29-33). Instead of being concerned only about ourselves, we need to be concerned about the lost sinners around us. Our present "fiery trial" is nothing compared with the "flaming fire" that shall punish the lost when Jesus returns in judgment (2 Thess. 1:7-10). The ungodly will receive their due unless they turn in faith to the gospel, let’s stayed focused on witnessing to them while there is still time. Pastor Gary ><>

10:27, “The fear of the LORD prolongs days, but the years of the wicked will be shortened.” John Phillips wrote, “This proverb states a general rule that is not without exceptions. In this sinful world godly people may die young. Certainly, though, those who fear the Lord have a better quality of life and often a longer span of life than those who are wicked.” The writer wants to encourage “The fear of the Lord”, as a way of life. It is a life not without promise, but also not without responsibility. “Fear” is reverence for the Lord and is displayed through the believer’s worship, ministry, and obedience to His word. Many say they believe but their behavior reveals the truth. I’m not sure how long I will live here but I will choose to fear the Lord as long as I do, and one day I will live with the Lord forever! Not true for the wicked! Pastor Gary ><>

9:8, “Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.” One man will reject correction while another will receive it. It’s important to know who you are about to correct! The scoffer will be identified rather quickly; his disposition will be that of immediate rejection that you would dare correct him! He is full of pride and quick to be angered. However, the wise will listen and thank you for your advice. The wise realize that you have their best interest in mind. They have a desire to learn, improve, and find a greater place of service. They have a humble spirit, a good attitude, and respect what you are doing for them. A man that truly hates evil will certainly love those that rebuke him when he is headed toward sin. Consider the character of a man before you correct him, the one will hate you, but the other will love you! Pastor Gary <><

8:12, “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion.”  Wisdom inhabits prudence, possesses carefulness and cleverness which is needed for living life skillfully. The one word for wisdom is Christ, “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). When men walk with Christ they walk in the light and have knowledge and discretion in their goings (Prov.1:4). Men that follow Christ have right council and good sense presides over their plans, for there is nothing beyond the reach of the guiding hand of Wisdom. Life without wisdom is like living in the dark, no direction, or forewarning about impending danger. It seems that man’s reasoning would move him toward wisdom, but sin is always moving him in the opposing direction. As men walk with Christ knowledge and discretion light their path and secure their steps. Pastor Gary ><>

7:10-12, And there a woman met him, with the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart. She was loud and rebellious; her feet would not stay at home. At times she was outside, at times in the open square, lurking at every corner…” (Read on). All 27 verses are the unfolding tragedy of temptation leading to moral deception. The temptation of the harlot’s attire and heart is filled with lust. Her activity was loud, lose, and looking, she knows what she wants and so does any that sees her. She can’t be missed and that’s her goal. She has set the trap and she is the bait – her victim will be kissed, reasoned with, and invited to her bed, and promised pleasure beyond his wildest dreams. He does not realize that his sin will one day be exposed and that his dreams will become nightmares! Reason tells you to go in, wisdom tells you to run away, which one will you listen to? Run! Pastor Gary ><>

6:1-5, “My son, if you become surety for your friend, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, you are snared by the words of your mouth; you are taken by the words of your mouth…” There is always a danger in agreeing with another without first considering the consequences. Emotional decisions are always the costliest. Most of the time emotional decisions lack reason and wisdom. These kinds of decisions play on our heart-strings and we end up agreeing with someone to something we cannot afford. But no matter how we feel or how much it may hurt, if we don’t have the means to fulfill such a request say no! And if you have already entered such an agreement go with humility and do all you can to free yourself from such an agreement (Vs.3-5). Indebtedness has been the ruin of many and they don’t mind taking you with them, say no! 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 man unprepared, unequipped, and unable to take hold of all that God had purposed him for. 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 <><

4:24, Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you.” The conduct of life is determined by the condition of the heart. Therefore, put away… for these things (V.24) will manifest themselves through outward disobedience and waywardness. Such outward behavior is deceitful, twisted, distorts, perverts, and misrepresents what is true. Deceitful speech turns the heart from what is true and right. The tongue is the unruly member (James 3:2), and speech is the directory of the mind. Watchfulness over the heart is watchfulness over the mouth, as Christ said, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). There is a twofold application, first do not indulge in this kind of speech, and second, have no dealings with those that do! Our speech does not betray us it just reveals who we are! Your mouth exposes your heart! Pastor Gary <><

3:14-15, For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.” It seems everyone is looking for an investment that produces a profit; wisdom is that kind of investment. She is worth more than silver, gold, and precious rubies. Everyone gains when they invest in wisdom – it’s if you will the Biblical commerce (Pro. 2:4). To “gain” is the result of going along with wisdom. There is much effort, hard work, and danger in digging out silver, gold, or rubies, these cannot even compare with wisdom therefore we should be willing to seek her with just as much effort and even more! In other words when everything is put before us choose like Solomon, Wisdom (1 Kings 3:11-13) and he gained what he did not ask for, riches and honor! Seek Wisdom! Pastor Gary ><>

2:6 “For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” The Lord gives wisdom to those who have a personal relationship with Him; it is His gift to them. They are known by their love for God and their love for others. They fear the Lord, worship, and serve Him. Wisdom is not acquired by any natural means but by prayer, purity, and obedience to God, for He is the giver. Wisdom is His inspiration impressed on the hearts of His people for Biblical understanding, delivering His message, and leading others to follow Him. God’s wisdom through men will conflict with the speculation of current and future events. God’s wisdom will oppose worldly people and all their ways. Wisdom from above will not bend to any selfish greed, or unholy pleasure. Know God and you will know and understand how to live! 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 into 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. Don’t get caught in such a trap, say no to sin and sinners! In the end, you will be glad you did. Pastor Gary <><

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

29:15-17, “The rod and rebuke give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases; but the righteous will see their fall. Correct your son, and he will give you rest; yes, he will give delight to your soul.” Parents that refuses to discipline their children also fail to obey God’s Word. The writer ties wisdom to correction; correction to delight and rest for a mother. And he also ties a lack of correction to an increase of the wicked, transgression, and shame to a mother. The “rod” may not work every time, but it cannot work at all if parents refuse to use it. I realize that people write books on child discipline, most of which are out of their own experiences, and options, but God wrote this one based on truth that does not change from one generation to another. “Correct your son, and he will give you rest.” Pastor Gary ><>

28:15-16, “Like a roaring lion and a charging bear Is a wicked ruler over poor people. A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, but he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.” Note the kind of people taken advantage of here, weak and without resources. People that are without defense are the kind of which theses wicked rulers look to rule. They take their power and rule without caring who they step on, leave out or leave behind. This kind of ruler lacks understanding about the needs of others, he only seeks his own needs. He is poor in understanding but rich in oppression, he is not a leader worthy to be followed, in fact its only by force that he is followed. People have crossed seas and climbed walls to escape such greedy leadership. But a great leader hates greed, and reaches down to help others up, and his life will be prolonged. Pastor Gary ><>

27:3, A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but a fool's wrath is heavier than both of them.” The comparisons of heavy stones and sand are to reveal the heavier matter of a fool’s wrath. The ill temper and anger of a headstrong fool, which he vents towards those around him, is harder to endure than any material weight is to carry. Although a stone and sand are hard to move, it is almost impossible to move a fool, especially an angry fool. It seems that he is determined to hurt all those around him; he ignores reason, advice, and warning about the consequences of his actions. Yet when the damage is done and he has vented, he expects things to go back to the way they were until his next outburst! He does not consider the weight of his foolish behavior, for it rest on you, not him! His outburst is not your fault it’s his! “A stone is heavy…but a fool’s wrath is heavier.” Pastor Gary ><>

26:20, “Where there is no fuel a fire goes out; where there is no gossip arguments come to an end.” As fuel is to fire gossip is to arguments. Gossip means to whisper or backbite in a secret conversation about personal details of other people’s lives, whether rumor or fact, usually intending to harm. Gossip takes at least two, one that talks and the other willing to listen. And the gossiper usually tries to justify themselves by saying, “now I’m not talking about her but...” Yes, you are! Gossip’s intent is to put down others in order to build up self. It is a sting that hurts the gentle heart, causes divisions among friends, and is a bad testimony to our Lord. We may not be able to stop the gossip, but we can stop our ears and walk away showing disapproval. If you remove fuel from a fire it goes out and if you stop the gossip arguments end. Let’s just stop it! Pastor Gary <><

25:9-10, “Debate your case with your neighbor, and do not disclose the secret to another; lest he who hears it expose your shame, and your reputation be ruined.” Beware of the uncontrolled tongue, it could come back and be your ruin although you were out to ruin others. The temptation is great to talk about what you and someone else may disagree about, or a confidence that someone has shared with you. I believe the temptation to disclose is so great because we want to see what others think or really am I right and side with me. As the secrets and differences spread sides are taken and disunity is the result. This can be experienced at home, business, or church. We need to remember everyone does not have to agree with us and at times we may need to agree to disagree. What could have been resolved between two now becomes many and ruin is sure! Pastor Gary ><>

24:10 (MSG), “If you fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn't much to you in the first place.” The test of adversity comes to all, how we hold up speaks of our faith. We can all move with a stream but when we have to move against it either by suffering, loss, loneliness, or disappointment our faith is tested. And if we hold up, faith was in place right where it needed to be – in God. Faith in anything or anyone else but God will fail you in times of crisis. Times of trouble can be useful; they can be showcases for your character good or bad. If we are daily nourishing our faith spending time in prayer and devotion to Jesus Christ, then we will grow strong and not faint in times of trouble! We should belong so completely to the Victor (Christ) that it is always His victory, “and we are more than conquerors through Him…” (Rom.8:37). The victory is never ours its Christ’ alone. Pastor Gary <><

23:22-25, “Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding. The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he who begets a wise child will delight in him. Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her who bore you rejoice.” The call is to childhood obedience and to listen is equivalent to obey. We also find the exhortation to comprehend all the teachings of his parents. Hold on to the truth, don’t sell it, exchange it for worldly gain, sensual enjoyment, or allow it to be argued away by false reasoning. Truth, wisdom, and understanding endures and proves itself in all spheres both moral and intellectual. Now with such a child any parent can rejoice and be glad. But disobedient children break the hearts of their parents! Pastor Gary <><

22:15, “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him.” Foolishness here implies the love of mischief or the self-will belonging to a child, bound up in their heart (nature). In his foolishness, he defies the standard of the home, disrespects his parents, and even brings sadness to all those in the home. This foolish activity is usually the result of spoiling a child instead of disciplining him. The writer said that the rod will bring correction to the child, although many parents and psychologists disagree with this Biblical command. The writer is not suggesting abuse or even mistreatment, but he is teaching that a spanking for correction is needed at times. A spanking should be an act of love not anger. My parents said, “This will hurt me as much as it will hurt you”, because they loved me and love is how a spanking should be administered! Pastor Gary ><> 

21:29 A wicked man hardens his face, but as for the upright, he establishes his way.” We see here a contrast between the wicked and the upright. The wicked hardens his face that is he is proven to be wrong and even suffering for his folly, but will not change his course! He is perverse and proud going on his way no matter what the consequences may be. But the upright, who is wise, establishes his way. He is always pondering his path, looking to God and carefully considering to seeing if he is moving in the right direction. And if he does stray onto a wrong path he is quick to accept the rebuke of his friends and God in order to return to the way of the upright. The habit of considering one’s ways is a true mark of wisdom. Those who live upright are pleasing to the Lord. Please Him every day! Pastor Gary ><>

20:2, “The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life.” The thought here is that it is dangerous to arouse a lion. The idea is that the lion is provoked to anger. We have all seen such examples. Like pounding on the glass of an animal cage at a zoo just to see his reaction. And its reaction is usually that of anger. In fact, your only protection was the cage in which he was in. To provoke for some seems to be a sport, but hopefully you will not lose your life in such a game. To provoke a king is to provoke his army and that means war, loss of lives, destruction of cities and homes. Why are people so bent on ticking others off, the cost is usually higher than they really wanted to pay. There is danger in provoking anyone, so the warning is don’t do it! Pastor Gary ><>

19:16, He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is careless of his ways will die.” To “keep” the commandments leads to life, but carelessness leads to death. He who is careless literally despises God’s commands and is reckless in his ways. He lives his life to suit himself. He does not love God for if he did he would keep His commands. But the keeper keeps the commands because he loves God, his faith is in God, and his ways are the ways of God. What I do or don’t do reflects what I already believe. My behavior does not change my belief; my belief changes my behavior. I keep God’s commandments because I believe in Him. Jesus said, “If you love Me you will keep My commandments.” What do you keep, for you are kept by what you keep! Keep His commandments! Pastor Gary <><

18:14 “The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?” Beneath the infirmity of the flesh is the sustaining spirit, but what of the wounded spirit itself? Who wounds and why? The wound could come from God, friends, men or circumstances. God wounds that He might turn us from sin, grow us in faith, or teach us a truth. We find the wound brings choices either to withstand and resist or to bend in humility and grow in grace. To do the former is to take the path that leads to wrong and ruin, but to do the latter is to walk in the way of life. There is also the friend, or teacher that wounds, when he tells the truth, or points out a fault, doing so only for your growth and keeping you from ruin! But of course there is the wound from cruel men, intended to hurt, and discourage. When your heart is wounded turn to Christ, the only One who can repair it! Pastor Gary ><>

17:12, “Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly.” A mother bear robbed of her cubs is very angry and therefore dangerous. And it is sad that a fool could be more dangerous. Robert L. Alden suggests, "Consider meeting a fool with a knife, or gun, or even behind the wheel of a car; a mother bear could be less dangerous." The danger of many fools is that they have an unrestrained imagination. Loss thinking leads to loss and dangerous living. Not just danger to self but danger to others as well. John Phillips wrote, “A bear can be mastered, but a fool in his folly cannot. He is a menace to himself and everyone who has anything to do with him. The best strategy is to keep out of his way.” Be wise and apply. Pastor Gary ><>

16:24, “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” Pleasant words communicate sympathy, encouragement, healing, and lighten the load of life. People are discouraged enough, why not use our words as medicine to cure and build up others. Even when we confront, or correct, our words should be filtered with grace and a right attitude. Pleasant words are certainly expressed in the message of Christ, “the common people heard Him gladly.” One writer wrote that pleasant words, “tell of God’s love, portray Christ, invite men to salvation, and reveal the blessedness of the kingdom of heaven.” Therefore, our words should express the same message with the same pleasantness as His. Bitter words may arise but pleasant words must be spoken. Put a little sweetness in your words today! Pastor Gary <><