Pathways Through Proverbs
October 3, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 3
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- My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
- For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
- Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
- So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
- Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
- In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
- Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
- It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
- Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
- So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
- My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
- For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
- Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
- For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
- She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
- Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
- Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
- She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
- The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
- By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
- My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
- So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
- Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
- When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
- Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
- For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
- Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
- Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
- Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
- Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
- Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
- For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.
- The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
- Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
- The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
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In today's verse Solomon lays out a principle for helping others. He simply states that if someone comes to you for assistance, and you can help them, help them right away.
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There are three different thoughts contained in this verse. First of all, it is implied that when someone comes to you with a need, if you can help them you should help them. If it is wrong to send the needy home just to make him wait for a day, it is equally wrong to send him home and never attempt to help him at all. Second, this verse teaches that God does not expect us to do for others that which we can not do. If someone needs $100, and all you have is $10, God does not expect you to give $100. According to II Corinthians 8:12,
"It is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not."
God knows what our limitations are, and He does not demand that we do more than we are able. Third, this verse teaches that when we can help someone, we should not delay in doing so. Some people seem to want to make others humiliate themselves before they will assist them. They want their "friend" to jump through all sorts of hoops before they will give him what he needs. Others are so consumed with their own lives that they do not have the time to help another. They tell the needy that they are too busy right at that moment or that they have their own problems, when the truth is that they could help out immediately, but they don't want to be bothered.
How do you respond when brothers in Christ or neighbors come to you for help?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery