Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Proverbs 20

2/3rds through my study of Proverbs and I discover new stuff all the time.

Vs 3:  Avoiding a quarrel is a mark of honour; only fools insist on fighting.


I think this is pretty self-explanatory.  Its something I know I battle with, especially with my husband.  I'm sure I've read it before but it really is making an impact on me today.  I'm learning to re-emphasize as I read scripture.  For example, instead of seeing, "don't fight - because its honourable not to"  I'm seeing, "I want to be honourable, so therefore I won't start a fight."  Do you see what I'm saying?



Vs 9:  Who can say, "I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?"
This verse seems so random in this chapter, but nothing about God's word is random!  For me, this is a reminder, in the middle of Proverbs, not to think I know everything, or get comfortable in my salvation.  Daily, we need to come before the Lord and humble ourselves, repent of the big and small problems in our lives, and seek His guidance.  As David says, we should ask God to look into our hearts and expose anything that is not good, so we can deal with it.
Just to emphasize:
Vs 27:  The Lord's searchlight penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive.

Vs 10 and vs 14.  I think verse 14 is an example of vs 10:
Vs 10:  The lord despises double standards of every kind.
Vs 14:  The buyer haggles over the price, saying, "its worthless," then brags about getting a bargain.

Vs 17:  Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.
Maybe this is why evil never seems to be satisfied:  The thief needs to steal again, the con-artist needs to con again and the stakes get higher.  They never reach a place of satisfaction.

V 19:  A gossip tells secrets, so don't hang around with someone who talks too much.
Hang around with people who will encourage you to be a better person.  Hang around with those who you value and esteem and their ways will rub off on you.

You often see the opposite is true, bad company corrupts!  We as Christians need to know our strengths.  I don't ever want to be responsible for dragging someone down because I was not strong enough to stand as a Christian.  At the same time, if I sense someone could influence me negatively then I must walk away - immediately - the bible says - run from evil!

Vs 22:  Don't say, "I will get even for this wrong."  Wait for the Lord to handle the matter.
This is really a tough one.  Waiting on the Lord when someone has hurt you is hard.  But God's dealing of a matter is ALWAYS the PERFECT solution!  I think His timing sometimes has a lot to do with the state of our hearts.  If we are not ready to forgive, we delay God's working in the situation.


As per usual, much food for thought.
God bless
Tracy

10 comments:

  1. Too much to mull over when I am spoiling for a fight. Somehow meeting the teachers and hearing how the kids are doing...or not doing brings out the beast in me.

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  2. The Lord despises double standards. . .I'm not sure I've read that before. So true, and I should hate double standards, too.

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  3. "Only fools insist on fighting." Most of the time when I'm reared up and ready to fit it is because I feel insecure and lash out because of that. And, it is foolish to lash out of my insecurity!

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  4. Love how you break it down. I always discover something new when I read through the Proverbs. I was actually reading this one last night before going to bed and verse 27 jumped out at me. (Quoted it today too. :) )

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  5. Such good truths here! Verse 3 about quarreling is one that hits me. I don't want ever want to "insist on fighting". Love how you break this down.

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  6. vs 5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man o understanding will draw it out.

    This is one of the jewels given to me when I finally decided to submit to the Lord calling me to counseling. To me, it means that we have so much wisdom or insight to offer about who we are, and it takes a person of understanding (God's wisdom) to really draw it out of a person. Thank you for sharing and reminding me.

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  7. I love that you are breaking down the Proverbs this way, like Eileen I always find something new to chew on in this book, and I love how you break it down and explain it, it gives me a entirely different perspective on these verses.

    Blessings to to Tracy.

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  8. I did Beth Moore's study on Proverbs last summer. There is much wisdom to be learned in this book.

    Thank you for visiting me today and for the follow.

    God bless,
    Joan

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  9. Hi Tracy,

    You do such a good job explaining proverbs. I have never been able to get much out of many of them when I read for myself. Not that you have to read for me...LOL! Your thoughts on the verses are great. Thanks for sharing them.

    Blessings in Him.
    Chelle

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  10. Hi Ladies. Thank you very much for your encouragement. I'm glad you are getting something out of it.
    God bless
    Tracy

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