Pathways Through Proverbs
February 24, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 24
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Following Scripture Verses
- Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
- For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
- Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
- And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
- A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
- For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
- Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
- He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
- The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
- If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
- If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;
- If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
- My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:
- So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
- Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
- For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
- Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
- Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
- Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;
- For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
- My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:
- For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
- These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
- He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
- But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
- Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.
- Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
- Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.
- Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
- I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
- And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
- Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.
- Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
- So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.
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According to Solomon, it is impossible to build a home apart from the wisdom of God. Unfortunately, many people, even Christians, will try to find an alternative foundation for their family's success. They think that if they can earn enough money then their home will be prosperous. Others believe that if they can get involved in plenty of social activities that their family will be happy. Still other push for a strong education, thinking that if their children learn enough this will produce the kind of home that they want. Popularity, entertainment, and material blessings can be nice, but they can never be the groundwork for a successful home. Only spiritual wisdom can accomplish that.
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Biblical wisdom is applied in many ways towards the building of the family. It takes wisdom to know who to marry in the first place. I firmly believe that God has one particular person that he wants every believer to marry, and a man must know the mind of God in order to choose the one that God wants him to. It also take wisdom to know how to treat your spouse properly. The Bible gives instructions on how to communicate, how to love, and how to minister to each other. If these things are not done properly, then the marriage will never bring the joy that God intended it to. In addition, God's Word tells how to raise children in such a way that they will not only be solid Christians, but will also be young people who will be pleasing to their parents. Ultimately, the Scriptures teach how to be in a right relationship with God and how to live a Spirit-filled life. Apart from this, how can a family truly be established?
Take a good look at the foundation upon which your house is built. If it is an earthly one, your home is someday going to collapse. If it is a Biblical one, then God promises to bless it.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery