Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Proverbs 6

A brief summary
There are quite a few 'lessons for daily life' in this chapter.  Basically:
  • Avoid surety, and what to do if you find yourself in this situation
  • Dont be lazy, and what laziness leads to
  • Do not commit adultery, why you should avoid it and what happens if you don't
  • There is also a list of 7 things the Lord hates


If we were to take the advice given in Proverbs alone, we would avoid much pain and heartache!  We would not be in trouble because of speaking out of turn or being somewhere we shouldn't be or being involved in something we shouldn't be involved in.  We would know who God is and honour Him with our lives.  BUT, none of us are perfect and are all in different places in the race of life.



Two things are important here:
  • don't give up the race - push through until the end, and
  • keep seeking God in His word so He can guide you, 'light your path', to help make your attitude through the race more positive, peaceful and determined.
I digress!

7 things God hates
  • A proud look
  • A lying tongue
  • Hands that shed innocent blood
  • A heart that devises wicked plans
  • Feet swift to run to evil
  • A false witness who speaks lies
  • One who sows discord among family
We are to love what God loves and hate what He hates.  We should read this and look at ourselves and make sure we don't behave in this manner.  I'm sure we've all said something that caused more trouble than good and regretted it.  I have, and backtracking doesn't work!  You have to repent and fix and prove yourself again, etc.  Its not worth it.  Best to say nothing.  Bite your tongue - why?  To save yourself the potential emotional turmoil, yes, but more because God says so!  Why does He say so?  To protect us from ourselves I reckon!

The verses that stand out for me
v6:  Go to the ant, you sluggard!  Consider her ways and be wise.

v20-22:  My son, keep your father's command, and do not forsake the law of your mother.  Bind them continually upon your heart;  tie them around your neck.  When you roam, they will lead you; when you sleep, they will keep you; and when you awake, they will speak with you.

v23:  For the commandment is a lamp, and law is light; reproofs of instruction are the way of life.

What do I take from Prov 6?
Mainly, that God's word is light and it illuminates my path to make the next step clearer and less scary.  His laws, commandments, words of wisdom, stories, and prophecy, all of it - for us - for upliftment, guidance, life, safety, teaching and for the love of us - His children!


What are your thoughts?

God bless
Tracy

3 comments:

  1. I get all that I really do but have you ever seen an ant - I will be finished after just carrying my weight around for a moment! I think I will stick to considering her ways and not trying to emulate those too closely.

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  2. Amen! God's way makes my way easier and so much fun! Walking in His grace is like walking in sonshine!! ;-)

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  3. Great checklist! Thanks for helping to light the way! I may spend a little time in this chapter tonight before bed. :)

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