Pathways Through Proverbs
January 27, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 27
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Following Scripture Verses
- Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
- Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
- A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.
- Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
- Open rebuke is better than secret love.
- Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
- The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
- As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
- Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
- Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
- My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
- A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
- Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
- He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
- A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
- Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
- Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
- Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
- As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
- Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
- As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so a man to his praise.
- Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
- Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
- For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?
- The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
- The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
- And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.
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We all make plans for the future. We have plans for vacations, retirements, weddings, and numerous other "big events". We also make plans to "someday" get things done that require our attention: term papers, projects for work, witnessing to lost acquaintances. How many times have we said or thought, "I'll get that taken care of tomorrow"? How many times has "tomorrow" never come?
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There are two lessons here. First of all, don't put off that which needs to be done today, for you never know if you will get another opportunity to do it. I have experienced the unexpected death of someone who I planned to witness to some time in the near future. I had big plans for evangelism, but they never materialized because I felt that I had plenty of time. I have seen men harm their families financially because they put off getting insurance or saving for retirement. They always intended to do it, but they never got around to it until it was too late. People plan to go to see the doctor as soon as it is convenient, but by the time they schedule their appointment the prognosis is grim. Grown children intend to get back home to see their parents someday, and wind up making a guilt-ridden trip home for the funeral. If something needs to be done, get started on it right away.
Second, don't spend your time talking about all that you plan to accomplish in the future. James 4:13-15 states,
"Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye [ought] to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that."
Include the Lord in all your plans, and work today as if it would be your last day on earth.
What is it that God wants you to do today?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery