The Proverb For The Day

 

 

27:20, “Hell and Destruction are never full; So the eyes of man are never satisfied.” “Hell” is the word for the underworld of the dead. And “destruction” means the abyss. Therefore, the proverb points to the grave which is never full or satisfied. The comparison is that of a man’s eyes, never being satisfied. 1 John 2:16 refers to “the lust of the eyes” and it is true of all our senses, the craving for their gratification grows as it is fed. As the cravings of man grow, lines are crossed, restraint is cast off, laws are broken, and life becomes more dangerous. Many people want what they see, and they don’t care how they get it. Need and affordability are no longer the issues, men are now driven by want and greed, looking for that which satisfies. Jesus is the only one who truly satisfies, look to Him and believe.  (John 3:16). Pastor Gary ><>

26:13-16, “The lazy man says, ‘There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!’ As a door turns on its hinges, so does the lazy man on his bed. The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl; it wearies him to bring it back to his mouth. The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.” A man should never want to be guilty of being “lazy”. He is described as getting no further than his bed; using any excuse (a lion) to avoid work, expects others to feed him and even believes him wiser than all others. The door moves on its hinges and makes no progress beyond its own confined sphere of motion; so, the slothful man turns himself on his bed from side to side, but never leaves it to do his work. The idle fool sets more value by his own judgment than by the sense of any number of wise men. Listen it’s not a lion it’s a job get up and go to work! Pastor Gary ><>

25:25, As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” How powerful is good news at the right time? Distance cause wonder about the condition of family and friends. Consider now what a brief bit of good news could do. Just a short conversation, a brief note, or even a few words from a messenger could cheer the heart. Just to hear good news could bring encouragement, take away loneliness, express sympathy, or even give guidance. Good news is powerful and many times it could be expressed in just a few words. Like, “Mom I made it here safe, and I love you.” Something so simple and brief just made all the difference in the world. Is there someone that may need to hear from you today? Call them it won’t take long, and it could be just as refreshing as a cool drink of water! 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 must 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 ours in Christ’ alone. Pastor Gary <><

23:9, “Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.” Sometimes silence is better than words especially when you’re trying to convince a fool of the truth, or even that he is wrong. Jesus demonstrated such silence not giving answer to their final questions. He had performed many miracles, taught daily, and yet many still rejected Him as the Christ. Why say anymore the fool only looks for another opportunity to argue, or something else to reject. Sometimes it is by our speaking that we encourage the fool’s stubbornness to maintain their contrary position. The fool will despise the wisdom of your words. But silence, it’s hard to argue against! Keep your distances from fools, but to all others speak the truth of God with words of wisdom, they will not despise you! 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 of 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. His foolish activity is usually the result of spoiling him 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 ><>

21:16, A man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead.” The man who wanders from the way of wisdom, the path of virtue, and the Christian life becomes a fool! He may wander do to his own lack of discipline or be deceived away by someone else. But it makes no difference why he went astray, what matters; he is now with the wrong people. St. Gregory wrote, “For whosoever forsakes the way of righteousness, to whose number does he join himself, saving to the number of the proud spirit”. At the same time a man wanders away from the benefits of understanding he wanders into the consequences of foolishness and sin. The consequences of sin will always be grave! Maybe it’s time to change your course and “run” back into the way of understanding. Pastor Gary <><

20:20, “Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in deep darkness.”  People seem to believe they can live above the consequences of anything. But don’t be fooled, God will not be mocked. John Phillips wrote, “A young person may earn God's disapproval by disobeying his parents or deceiving his parents or disliking his parents, but woe betide the child who defames his parents. Cursing one's father or mother reveals a condition of heart and mind that is ripe for judgment.” Judgment comes through removing the lamp, now only deep darkness exists, without escape or hope of Divine protection. Lamp is a metaphor applied to the body and spiritual life, to happiness and prosperity, and to a man’s fame and reputation. His fate is the exact opposite of the blessings of the Law. Keep the lamp burning, honor your father and mother! Pastor Gary ><>

19:16, 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 do not reflect 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 <><

18:3, “When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; And with dishonor comes reproach.”  The word translated "wicked" indicates a godless person. He goes forward in evil, adding sin to sin, he ends by casting all shame aside scoffing at human and divine law, saying in his heart there is no God. We find here a sad progression which starts with "contempt" leads to "shame" and then leads to "disgrace." We have often heard that it can’t get any worse than this, it does for the godless. He plunges to a depth of hopelessness, yet the saddest thing about his condition is that he does not even care, and blind to the depth and consequences of his sin. The wicked have went so far down their not even aware that there is a way up any longer. The light is gone out and death has already consumed them. Dead men walking! Pastor Gary ><>

17:25, “A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her who bore him.”  If you were to go back to verses19-21 you would find the same foolish son. He is foolish in his motives (v.19), foolish with his tongue (v.20), and foolish toward his father (v.21). And in verse 25 he is even foolish toward his mother. He is the way he is because of what he loves, what he seeks, and who he walks with. He has caused sorrow to family and friends and created an atmosphere where joy cannot exist. His problems are many, but the major problem is he can’t even see that he is the real problem. The fool will stay true to himself and blame others for all his troubles. More than likely we have all seen someone like this, and what he does needs no sympathy. He needs to hear the truth, and that may hurt him, but “Truth” is the only thing that can help him. Jesus is the truth he needs. Pastor Gary ><>

16:22, “Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it. But the correction of fools is folly.” Understanding is knowledge, wisdom, intelligence, and to have it is the source for life. They have understanding because they know the Lord, trust Him, and seek Him. When troubles come, they know what to do, when hurt comes they know where to turn, and when someone needs correction, they know what to say. Don’t misunderstand wisdom’s confidence for conceit, but rather consider their vast experiences in life as help. But even those with this much understanding fall short correcting fools. The fool not only refuses the teachings of the wise, but they even consider them as silly. Therefore, the foolish make misery for themselves and are deprived of happiness. Seek understanding and experience true life! Pastor Gary <><

15:25, “The LORD will destroy the house of the proud, but He will establish the boundary of the widow.” Why would anyone want to stand in pride knowing eventually his or her house will be destroyed? Because they don’t believe this or any other truth from God’s Word. The proud are self-confident and believe they will answer to no one. But they fail to realize that they did not create themselves nor will they have the last word about their actions. Their house will fall. But note the widow void of all such pride her boundary is protected and established. The widow is a symbol of weakness and easily taken advantage of throughout the Bible. Landmarks were easily moved and was a common practice used to steal from the weak. Be warned you may steal and even get away with it for now, but God will have the last word and he never fails in His promises. Pastor Gary ><>

14:12, There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Be careful about the way that seems right! It’s usually a way that has an attractive appearance, and it is a course which a man is tempted to follow because it promises so much. Maybe it seems right also because it flatters our ego, is followed by so many, and it lacks the appearance of evil. Men will always follow wrongly if they measure by the standard of the world rather than by the Word of God. The way that seems right leads to a fatal end. There are pleasures that seem to be innocent enough, but they are paths towards more dangerous things, and in the end, they bring the gullible to the very gates of hell. The most important question about any road is – where does it lead? Follow the way of Jesus and never go wrong! 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 nature; his moral decay has eaten away at his reputation, possessions, and health. Seek righteousness! Pastor Gary <><

12:22, “Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.”  The reader should take note that the Lord is always aware of their behavior. He knows the heart of all men and distinguishes the liar from the truthful. And the Lord reacts to each man’s behavior in different ways. And there are many that don’t believe this truth and it is noticeable by the way they live their lives. The truthful are a delight to the Lord, but the liar is abomination to Him. Abomination is a thing that causes disgust and “lying lips” is that cause here. The liar might get away with his schemes here but in the end, they will become his ruin. But let’s also notice that the Lord delights in the truthful, He is pleased and rewards and will reward for such living. Now who came up with the idea that it matters not how we live? Next time you think about lying think about this truth! Pastor Gary ><>

11:8-9, “The righteous is delivered from trouble, and it comes to the wicked instead. The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.”  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 ><>

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 if 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 <><

9:4-6, “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 hope wait for us to 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 transform 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 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 ><>

7:2-3, Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.” Commands are human or divine “teachings” that can protect, prevent, and prolong life. The “apple of your eye” is a miniature reflection of objects seen in the pupil, especially of the person who looks into another’s eye. The law is taken in through the eye. And we should wear the law as rings around our fingers taking them wherever we go. Also write them on our heart. The word heart is used for the intellect and the will. We can resist any temptation if we keep the teachings at our fingertips and at the forefront of our minds. It will be easier to walk away from the smooth talk of a seductive woman with the divine teachings so near. Her appeal will be less powerful if our hearts are filled with the law of God. Listen, keep and live! 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 heartstrings 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 <><

5:18-19, Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth. As a loving deer and a graceful doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be enraptured with her love.” Here we find the images of a faithful wife. She is the husband’s fountain; property of such was highly esteemed. The comparison, the wife is the husband’s peculiar delight and property, the source of pleasures of every kind, and the faithful source of the family. She is the wife of his youth, the one to whom the husband has and will be devoted to all the days of his life. She is also compared to a loving deer or gazelle. There are numberless uses of these figures in Arabian and Persian poets. The beautiful eyes, delicate head, and graceful carriage of the creature, all point to similes of his wife! There are no false pleasures in the bosom of a faithful spouse. Rejoice with your wife! Pastor Gary ><>

4:25-27, Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.” Make straight, or level the path before taking a step. The sense is to remove any obstacle that would keep you from making a right moral decision. Weigh the consequences of a step, what will it cost, and who will it hurt before taking it! If you ponder first and remove the obstacles your conduct will be correct and the result “all your ways will be established”. Now allow nothing to turn you from the right path neither adversity or prosperity or anything else that can possess the power of temptation. We don’t have to make bad decisions we choose to when we disregard God’s Word. Pray “But deliver us from the evil one” (Matt.6:13). Pastor Gary <><

3:32, “For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord, But His secret counsel is with the upright.” The Lord knows who the perverse people are, He knows before they come out of the closet if you will! In society as always, it is difficult to know the true character of people. Men have always done a good job of concealing their true character. But God distinguishes the perverse from the upright. The perverse are twisted, crooked, and deceitful. God not only distinguishes but curses the perverse and blesses the upright (v.33). God sneers at those who sneer at Him but is kind to everyone who is humble (v.34). And God praises the wise but brings disgrace to the stubborn fool (v35). We must hold judgment in some cases because only God knows the hidden things of darkness. God will judge fairly, and completely! Live upright. Pastor Gary <><

2:1-5, My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.” If we search and make wisdom our goal, we are promised reward (v.5). The search for wisdom starts out with a willingness and eagerness to receive (Vs.1, 2), a watchfulness to keep, and a perseverance to continue (v.3, 4). With wisdom, we will fear the Lord, and find knowledge to know Him. And to know Him is eternal life (John17:3). The pursuit of wisdom engages the heart, soul, and mind, brings joy, and leads a man to Christ and Christlikeness! Pastor Gary <><

1:4, (Wisdom is) “To teach the inexperienced the ropes and give our young people a grasp on reality” (MSG). Experience is not the best teacher, wisdom is. The young are inexperienced and if not careful can be taken advantage of, but wisdom teaches the young discretion. It can keep them from being tricked by the schemes of others. It can also keep them on their guard, and prevent bad deals, bad friends, and even from being enticed by peer-pressure. I have heard more than one person say, “If I would have known…I would have…”  Well, I understand what that means now. With wisdom I might not have jumped off that embankment, but my friends thought I (In about 1970) could make it to the water and my neck still hurts. Wisdom that looks forward is a lot better than hurt that looks back. Live by wisdom and not in pain! 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 ><>

30:17, “The eye that mocks his father, and scorns obedience to his mother, the ravens of the valley will pick it out, and the young eagles will eat it.” Picture a dying man lying where the ravens and vultures can attack, Solomon knew that these birds gather around the dying in the wild. As soon as the dying are too weak to fight them off, the birds begin their dreadful work—and invariably they begin with the eyes. Solomon referred to the eye because it is the most expressive member of the body. The eye, which is spoken of as the index of the soul, is the soul's instrument for revealing scorn and rebellion. Solomon, who had a scornful and rebellious son, feared that that son would meet an untimely death. Solomon envisioned a bad end for all such sons. Apart from the intervening grace of God, a bad beginning predicts a bad end. Honor your father and mother! Pastor Gary ><>

29:2, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” The proverb is dealing with religion and politics giving the consequences of what one looks like without the other. I know that our government wants the righteous to stay out of their way, and at times the righteous wants the government out of its way. But righteousness is to influence politics; it is to be the leading factor in holding the standard by which all political actions are to be judged. There is no standard today everyone stands on his own platform and it has become incorrect to correct that which is wrong. Righteousness should leave no region of life untouched. For the righteous to withdraw from politics is to hand that important region of life over to the devil. How much longer will we have to groan? Pastor Gary ><>

28:19, “He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!” We find here a contrast between industry and idleness also found back in Proverbs12:11. Farming was the first industry and if one would work the land, he could be sure of plenty. This work would provide an honest and abundant way of living for himself and his family. But the one who follows vain things, empty promises, and worthless business deals will have plenty of poverty. There is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow although many live as though there is. The best way to end up with a little gold in your pot is to work hard and smart, put up a little every day, and be content with what you have. It is usually when we follow others thinking they have found a short cut to plenty that we end up in poverty. Till your land, it’s God’s plan for plenty. Pastor Gary ><>