“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush,” I said.
“A fool and his money are soon parted,” she replied.
“The best things in life are free!”
“Great minds think alike.”
I’m thinking of starting a little series of blog entries on Proverbs, that fantastic collection of wisdom literature in the middle of the Bible. Tony Price – a man who mentored me for over a year – had me read through Proverbs over and over with him. 31 Chapters, one for every day of the month, a short chapter to read and then all day to ponder it.
Today – it’s the 26th , so Proverbs 26. Let’s have a look together? Pray ; “‘Lord bless your word to me today and help me change as the entrance of it brings light.” Read through – then we’ll discuss it – Click here.
What grabs you?
What might God be wanting you to hear today?
A promise to receive? A rebuke to heed? A sin to turn completely away from (don’t be like the dog… yuk!).
Immediately I’m drawn by the 4 verses that contain references to sluggards– because if I ever got to his house a little late in the morning (it happened quite often unfortunately), I’d be greeted by, “Proverbs 6:6!” – look that one up – before I received my mug of tea.
But then I reflect again as I read through one more time, some things are said here about proverbs specifically that relate to God’s wisdom generally :
Verse 7 Like a lame man’s legs that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
I suppose that’s saying that, like the proverbial conversation I started with, one can have wise words galore but without the context of right actions, it’s useless. God’s not impressed.
And what about those tantalisingly seeming contradictions –
4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.
(Seems pretty clear, avoid saying something if it’s going to make the matter worse – but then …)
5 Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.
(hmmm… sometimes you do have to say something – for the benefit of the other person though, not to vindicate yourself.)
And then there’s a verse that once saved me a lot of trouble when I was in the cops… I was walking the beat past a notorious pub and saw two big guys punching holes out of each other. I was just about to intervene when somewhere inside a little voice spoke this warning:
17 Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.
God was telling me that if I stepped in, I’d be the one who got beat up next! They’d both turn on me! I took a step back, asked for back up over the radio, waited a few minutes till the end of round 15 when they were both completely shattered – then went and arrested them easily!
In a fight like that – Two’s company; three’s a crowd.
Thank God for proverbs!
2 thoughts on “Proverbially speaking”
There are many of the proverbs which stand out for me, but here are some that are at the top of my list:
The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom
and humility comes before honor.
All a man’s ways seem innocent to him,
but motives are weighed by the Lord
If a man pays back evil for good,
evil will never leave his house
He who covers an offence promotes love,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends
Just wanted to add that this was a great blog from you and that I have been and continue to be the “fool” in the context of that scripture and it has taken a blog like this to make me see that.
Thank you and can I ask you to please pray that the Lord will always surround me with the kind of friends who will “answer a fool according to his/her folly”.
God bless you
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