Pathways Through Proverbs
April 22, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 22
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Following Scripture Verses
- A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
- The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
- A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
- By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
- Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
- Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
- The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
- He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
- He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
- Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
- He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
- The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
- The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
- The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.
- Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
- He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
- Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
- For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
- That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
- Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
- That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
- Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
- For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
- Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
- Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
- Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.
- If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?
- Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
- Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
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If a man is lazy, he will find any number of excuses to keep from doing the task that he has been given. In today's verse this individual can't go to work because he claims that there is a lion in the street who is going to eat him. The fact of the matter is that there probably was no lion there at all, and if by chance a lion was roaming through the town it probably would not ever come in contact with him.
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Any employer can list hundreds of excuses that people have given him for not getting their work done. They are afraid that they won't do it right, or they are afraid that they might hurt themselves. They can't come to work at all because it is too hot, too cold, too wet, etc. The real problem often has nothing to do with what is happening outside; the problem is internal, and it is an issue of slothfulness.
I have heard Christians make similar excuses for why they can't serve the Lord. They can't make it to Sunday School because it is their only morning to sleep in. They can't come to evening services because it has been a long day. They can't go calling because it is too cold or too hot. They can't come to special meetings or work days because it is too difficult to drive over on an off day. They can't work in their designated areas of ministry because it has been such a long week. Please understand that I know that sometimes an individual's health may limit their ability to serve. However, many of us need to ask whether our problem is really an issue of pure laziness.
Are you accomplishing what you need to? What's your excuse?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery