Archive for the ‘Proverbs’ Category

verses 18-19: “There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Four which I do not understand: The way of an eagle in the sky, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the middle of the sea, And the way of a man with a maid.”

I was driving our family home one Saturday from our parents’ house. My wife turned on BBN radio (Bible Broadcasting Network). We caught the tail end of an interview with a military colonel who was commenting on the F-15 fighter jet, nicknamed the Eagle. It had been one of the most successful fighter jets in our country’s history, having never been shot down in a dogfight. The colonel was commenting on its structure and abilities in the air, much like a real eagle for whom it was nicknamed. The colonel commented that he marveled at the design the engineers had come up with for the F-15, but he marveled more at the design of the true eagle, whom God had created.

Our God, our Creator, has made some amazing things. If you have ever seen in an eagle in flight, you would agree. Even the way a snake moves on the ground (who, as a kid, hasn’t tried to imitate a snake, only to find you can’t!) or the way a ship can turn through the waters, can be mystifying. Personally, having experienced the wonderful love of my wife, I never cease to be amazed by God’s wonderful gift of marriage and love. The relationship of my wife and me is rooted in and blessed by Him. It can be very easy today, with man’s technological achievements, to become jaded and desensitized to the wonder and beauty God has blessed us with. As spring begins to unfold in these coming weeks, try to take a moment, open your eyes, and see what God has blessed you with. I hope you’ll agree that, they “are too wonderful for me”.

Have a blessed day in Him!

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verse 5: “Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”

I’m reminded of another radio commercial I’ve heard in recent months. It’s for a certain brand of motor oil, where a variety of people’s words express the desire to have, not just a laboratory tested oil, but one that’s been tested in heavy-use vehicles for thousands of miles and still provide the engine protection it was designed to do. The ad makes the product sound impressive, thoroughly tested, and something that would shield your engine from damage.

Now think about God. He IS impressive. He IS tried and true and tested. His word IS tested and pure, like the finest silver (it says so in Psalms 12:6). For those needing refuge (and we ALL need refuge!), he IS a shield to those who would take refuge in Him. In the storms of life, He is the Rock to cling to, the Safe Harbor to seek shelter in.

Something to think about.

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verse 4: “Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son’s name? Surely you know!”

There are those who say that Jesus was just a very good prophet…

There are those who say God created Jesus…

There are those who say there is no God…

Now read the above verse once more. The obvious answer is GOD. God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit; our Triune God, God in 3 persons, blessed Trinity. He existed before all else, and He’ll be here after all is gone.

Remember, this was written in the Old Testament.

Something to think about.

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verse 20: “Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”

Sometimes on my drive home to/from work, I’ll turn the radio on. Among the radio commercials I’ll hear is one for a certain insurance product that uses a talking gecko as its pitchman (you know the one). In the midst of talking about his possessions once (using the British brogue he is famous for), he used the phrase “bad mama jamma’s…..did I just say bad mama jamma’s?….you ever have one of those times when you wish you could take back something you said? This is one of those.”

What’s worse than someone who says something wrong or inappropriate, but yet realizes their error, is someone who rants and raves, says something wrong or inappropriate, and keeps on going! Solomon says “there is more hope for a fool than for him.” Someone with a tongue like that (read the book of James for some really good illustrations about the tongue!) will continually draw trouble. Let our prayer be the words of James 1:19: “…But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger;”.

Or to put it the way that I pray sometimes: “Lord, let me know when to speak, when to listen,…and when to shut up!” 🙂

Something to think about.

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verse 10: “Men of bloodshed hate the blameless, But the upright are concerned for his life.”

“Oh no, what we gonna do?
The king likes Daniel more than me and you.
Oh no, what we gonna do?
We gotta get him out of here.”
The wisemen’s song from the VeggieTales cartoon “Where’s God When I’m Scared?”

I don’t think I will soon forget the “wisemen’s” song from the VeggieTales rendition of the story of Daniel and the lions’ den. The message was easy to see; the wisemen hated Daniel because he was able to interpret King Darius’s dream (through the divine help of God), and now Darius favored his counsel over theirs. They wanted revenge, but Daniel lived his life holy and with integrity, and they had to resort to trickery just to show Daniel “breaking the law”.

Jesus Christ, when he walked this earth in human form, lived a perfect life. The religious leaders of the day wanted to get rid of Him; His holy life and ministry pointed out the sins in their own lives, and they couldn’t stand the truth.

When you have given your life to Jesus, you’re going to have a big ol’ bull’s-eye painted on your back, that the devil will take aim at daily with his fiery arrows. But take heart….Jesus already took those arrows for you…and extinguished them.

Have a great day in Him!

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verse 8: “Scorners set a city aflame, But wise men turn away anger.”

If you search for “Vancouver riots 2011 news”, you will still find plenty of information on the aftermath of the NHL Vancouver Canucks’ loss to the Boston Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals. Unfortunately in the last several years, we have seen scenes of the winning team’s fans going nuts in the streets, prompting some police arrests. However, the Vancouver riots were from the losing team’s fans! There were some accounts as well that some general anarchists and hooligans used the loss and the fans’ initial rioting to engage in mayhem as well. Scenes from Vancouver of violence and fires seemed to fill television and Internet news programs. Local residents were appalled at the behavior and saddened at the “black eye” it gave the city of Vancouver.

The term scorn, according to Merriam-Webster online, means:
1. open dislike and disrespect or derision often mixed with indignation
2. an expression of contempt or derision
3. an object of extreme disdain, contempt, or derision : something contemptible
( See http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scorn)

I can see examples of that daily in the news as we enter the national presidential campaigns, as we hear the saber-rattling of nations against other nations, as we see the receding of calm discussion and debate give way to the yelling “sound-bite” of the moment. More than ever, this is when we need cooler heads to prevail. Solomon, the wisest man in the world at the time, recognized this. Always remember, too, that above all the din…God is still in control. Pray that our leaders would seek His wisdom to keep the city from being set aflame, so to speak.

Something to think about.

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verse 1: “A man who hardens his neck after much reproof Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.”

What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?

In a recent incarnation of Justice League of America, Solomon Grundy thought he was that immovable object, trying to take on the Red Tornado. But when the Tornado fired wind vortexes at him in excess of an F-5 tornado (somewhere over 225 miles an hour?), he literally was torn apart.

In the Bible, Pharaoh thought he was that immovable object. Even after God warned him through Moses and the ten plagues to let the children of Israel go, he wouldn’t relent. Finally he did, but then tried to pursue them and kill them. Pharaoh’s army met the irresistible force of God in the form of the parted Red Sea crashing down on them.

There’s a footnote in my Bible referring to 1 Samuel 2:25 and this verse. That’s the verse where Eli is warning his wicked sons to turn from their evil. They didn’t, and they were met by the irresistible force of God’s judgment.

God is true and just and will rebuke us. He also is willing to forgive us if we will just repent and seek His forgiveness. But if we think we can stubbornly be immovable, set in our sin…then get ready for the irresistible force of God’s judgment and wrath.

What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? You may not want to find out; don’t be that immovable!

Something to think about.

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