Rich and poor alike, the Lord is the maker of them all
We are almost finished with reading through Proverbs. Do you feel wiser? Has your knowledge increased? I will continue to read one chapter of Proverbs daily, throughout the year, but I may not comment on my reading of Proverbs on a daily basis. Beginning November 1 I am going to start reading the Gospels. Join me.
One of the stories topping the news this year has been the Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernie Madoff. Madoff had been a respected member of society for most of his life, and now is name has been ruined forever. Prov. 22:1 says a good name is more desirable than great riches. Madoff traded his good name for great riches, but now he has lost both his name and his wealth. Worse yet, he appears to be totally unrepentant for his sins. Perhaps he should have had this verse inscribed upon his heart as a child. God help us when we think the riches of this world will fill all of our needs. What we need is to feed on the bread of life, God’s Word.
Prov 22:6 says train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. This scripture has been comfort to parents for generations, for IF we train a child in the ways of God, THEN when he is old he will not depart from it. If you have a child who has strayed from the path of righteousness, and indeed, from the path of wisdom, do not lose hope. Your child still has time to return to his training. Do not lose hope.
We are told in Prov 22 17-18 to listen to the sayings of the wise, apply our hearts to the teachings of God, keep God’s words in our hearts and have them ready on our lips. We can only keep God’s words in our hearts and have them on our lips if we stay in His word, commit it to our memory. Memory work is not easy for me any more. Even those scriptures I once memorized are somewhat vague. While I can generally point to the book where a scripture is found, I can seldom tell you the chapter or the verse. As long as I have a Bible handy, I can find what I need. But what happens if we enter a time when Bibles are outlawed. Do you think it can’t happen? There are Christians throughout the world who are under scrutiny, if not outright persecution. We have been extremely fortunate in our country to have the freedom of expression and freedom of religion. May God’s grace continue to shine upon us so that we will never know a time when God’s word is taken from us.
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