Pathways Through Proverbs
May 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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I have had the opportunity to share this verse of Scripture with many folks over the years. People have come to me asking for help with a particular sin problem that besets them. As I try to give them Scriptural principles to deal with the problem, often they will say to me, "I have tried to stop this behavior, but I have been unsuccessful." Because of these past failures, they believe that they are doomed to never get victory over this habitual sin that troubles them. Today's verse gives them hope.
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The Bible does not tell us that a just man never falls. All men sin, even believers. While committing sin is never justified, it is, unfortunately, the reality of being born with a sin nature. The question becomes, how am I going to respond to the fact that I have fallen? Certainly we understand that the Bible tells us that we have a responsibility to confess our sins to the Lord so that we can receive forgiveness from Him (I John 1:9). However, this verse tells us that we also need to get back up on our spiritual feet and begin walking down the path of life once again. We can't lie down by the side of the road. God has something for us to accomplish, and so, when we transgress, we confess, and we continue to serve.
Some one might say, "But I keep falling." That may be true, but the just man doesn't give up, he gets up! Even if you continually struggle with the same sinful actions, if you are a just man, you will get right with God and then try to live right tomorrow. Consider an infant learning to walk. He falls constantly, but his loving parents always encourage him to get up and try again. He keeps falling, but eventually he learns to walk. This does not mean that he will never stumble again, but those occasions will be much less frequent, and he will get up from those incidents as well.
If you have fallen down spiritually, don't stay down. Get right, get up, and get busy.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery