Pathways Through Proverbs
June 25, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 25
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- These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
- It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
- The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
- Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
- Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
- Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:
- For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.
- Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
- Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:
- Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
- A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
- As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
- As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
- Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
- By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
- Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
- Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
- A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
- Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
- As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
- If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
- For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
- The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
- It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
- As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
- A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
- It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
- He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
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Today's proverb is very practical. Solomon writes that hearing good news from somewhere far away is like receiving a drink of pure, cold water when you are parched with thirst. Think of a time when you had been working under the hot sun for an extended period of time. You were very thirsty, but perhaps you didn't have the time nor opportunity to get a drink. Suddenly someone brought you a tall glass of water or iced tea. Do you remember how refreshing it was? Can you still taste it? This is the illustration that the Bible uses to show how wonderful good news is.
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Here is the application: when good things are happening in your life, let others know about it. We often complain about the problems that we have, and spend little time sharing the blessings that we have experienced. Unfortunately, many folks only hear from their relatives or distant friends when a crisis occurs. Of course, when we hear about another's problems, that discourages us, and dehydrates our soul even further. Good news will encourage us and it will recharge our spiritual batteries so that we can do the job that the Lord has called us to.
I have no control over whether or not others share their blessings with me. However, I do have control over whether or not I share the blessings of God with others. Let me encourage you to take the time to tell others of the things that the Lord is doing for you. Call up an old friend or a relative, and let them know that God is doing great things in your life. If your friend is a believer, he will be encouraged in the faith. If he is an unbeliever, your testimony of the goodness of God may be just the thing that pushes him towards repentance and faith, for "the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance" (Rom. 2:4).
Be a blessing to others by testifying of God's blessings to you.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery