Friday, January 27
Still watching that tongue of yours? This week have you ever stopped and changed what you were going to say – or decided it shouldn’t be said at all? Are you feeling wiser and wiser every day you are more aware of what comes out of your mouth? Keep it up! Today’s reading continues to sprinkle in verses about our mouth. It is a theme repeated over and over again throughout the Proverbs. It seems how we use our mouth really is important to Solomon, the God who inspired his writings, and the path to wisdom. Proverbs 21:23 says, “He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.” Wisdom brings great reward . . . but foolishness does not. “A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead.” (21:16)
“All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart.” (21:2) “ALL a man’s ways SEEM RIGHT to HIM.” That explains a lot, doesn’t it? No wonder relationships get a little sticky sometimes – all of my ways seem right to me, while all of your ways seem right to you. Thankfully, the Lord does know what is right and knows our motives and heart. We can pray that God will help us see ourselves clearly, truthfully – as He sees us. I can pray that He will show me where and when I am wrong and off-track so I can make the adjustments necessary in myself. Together we can pray that when our hearts are weighed they will not be found lacking. And then we do the work we can to keep our hearts pure, devoted to Him, and full of love for others.
And, for some quick lessons . . .
On Drinking – “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.” (20:1) – Don’t you think watching your words and actions and working to be Godly is challenging enough when you are sober? Have you ever seen a good drunk Christian following God? Watch what you are allowing to influence you. Proverbs has several verses warning of the dangers of drinking.
On Revenge – “Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’ Wait for the Lord and he will deliver you.” (20:22) — How wonderful to have something we can take off our busy ‘to do list’. Life is too full to waste our time plotting and planning revenge. Move on and leave it to God.
On Drippy Faucets – “A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.” (19:13) Ok, that verse actually came from yesterday’s reading, but too good to pass up, and closely related to two of today’s proverbs: “Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife” (21:9) and “Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.” (21:19). Not sure I can add anything to those eloquent words. I guess it is just a reminder to me, and wives everywhere, as well as those aspiring to wifedom to ‘can the quarreling’ so our husbands don’t pitch a tent on the corner of the roof or hightail it to the desert.
Still so many great proverbs we aren’t going to have time to touch on. Feel free to leave a comment on any of your favorite proverbs on our wordpress site!! We would love to hear from you and learn from you.
God Bless You as You Seek to be Wise,