Grief, a Fact of Life – Proverbs 14:13

Proverbs 14:13 “Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.”

What happens when you are having bad day? Have your plans been completely turned upside down? Have your expectations not been met? Have you tried and failed to have a Godly attitude? Maybe you have struggled in another area and are grieved because you feel that once again you have let down the Lord because of your repugnant selfishness. Your situation may be completely different. Possibly you have lost a loved one, you are just feeling all alone, or the news and the political scene are grieving you. Maybe someone has deeply hurt you. These situations all can cause sorrow in our hearts. Man’s sin brought sorrow not only to himself, but to his Creator and all God’s creation as well (Genesis 3, 6:5-6, Romans 8:22).

While we can laugh and be sorrowful, while we can force a smile and yet feel down, the laughter and smile is only a cover up for the emotional pain we are feeling. Many times, this guise is a poor one. Even the mirth of this laughter seems to further exacerbate grief once it is over.

The Hebrew word for “heaviness” is used only four times.   Half of those times it is used to describe the grief and depression that a fool causes in the hearts of his parents (Proverbs 10:1, 17:21).

The Hebrew word for the “sorrow” (H3510) that Solomon uses in this proverb means “to be sore, in pain, to grieve.”

King David wrote about this type of sorrow in Psalm 69:25. He said, “But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.” David was going through a time of terrible distress in his life where it felt like he was going to be drowned by the circumstances He was going through (Psalm 69:1-3). He was emotionally and physically exhausted.

We all go through times of testing. These times of testing reveal in whom we put our trust, God, ourselves, someone, or something else. In Psalm 69, David demonstrates what our response should be in times of distress and grief.

 

In faith, David took three actions.

  1. He prayed patiently,
  2. praised the name of God with a song, and
  3. magnified the Lord with thanksgiving (Psalm 69:13, 30).

Notice that David poured out his situation to the Lord in faith and was waiting on God (Psalm 69:1-36). He realized he needed help, and happy is the individual who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God (Psalm 146:5). He then praised God’s name with a song. David’s actions demonstrated that he believed God was his Helper and salvation. His heart was filled with a chorus, not of whining, but of praise. Following David’s praise to God’s name was his magnification of God in thanksgiving to Him. David said that God valued a heart attitude of faith, praise, and thanksgiving more than any sacrifice of an ox or bullock. Though we no longer have Old Testament sacrifices which foreshadowed Christ’s cross work for our sins, these verses shows that God values a right attitude more than any outward shows of obedience (Psalm 69:30-31). If our hearts our right with God, outward actions of obedience will naturally follow.

Right now, whether you are going through a time of testing or life is relatively easy, keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus. He has borne your griefs and your sorrows (Isaiah 53:4) He knows your situation. He sympathizes with you (Psalm 138:8). He calls you to cast your burden on Him for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). Follow David’s example in Psalm 69.

  1. Pray and wait patiently for God.  Be honest with the Lord, and tell Him that you will trust Him. Ask Him to help your unbelief (Mark 9:24)
  2. Praise His name with a song.  Psalm 9:10 says, “And they that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee: for Thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee.” Psalm 91:14 says, “Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name.” Do you know and praise God’s name? It’s the key to deliverance. Do you sing to Him? Keeping a long face long is impossible when you are seeking His face in song (Psalm 16:11).
  3. Magnify the Lord with thanksgiving.  Thank Him for the good work He is doing in your life (Philippians 1:6). Complaining is impossible when your heart and mouth is filled with thanksgiving.

Proverbs 14:13 states the facts. There may be laughter in sorrow, but heaviness follows. Sorrow is an overwhelming reality, but God is a greater overcoming reality. His reality gives me hope. My hope is in the Lord! Let’s live in that hope.

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13

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All Prowisdom Texts from Proverbs 14 (January 2012- November 2013) by Aaron and Michael Diedrich

January 14, 2012

Fools make a mock at sin: But among the righteous there is favour.” (Proverbs 14:9)

What sin(s) in your life do you poke fun or have a problem of doing habitually, but do not think they are a big deal? Remember favor comes from doing right.

February 14, Tuesday, 2012

Proverbs 14:3 "In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them."

Does your speech come across in the "know it all" or "holier than thou" tone of a fool, or in the humble tone of the wise that keeps you, disperses knowledge, and gives honor (Proverbs 15:2, 7, 3:35)?

March 14, 2012

The king’s favour is toward a wise servant: But his wrath is against him that causeth shame.” (Proverbs 14:35)

You are a servant of God, the King of Heaven. Are your actions pleasing or angering to Him? How are you wisely obeying Him today?

April 14, Saturday, 2012

Proverbs 14:2 "He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth Him."

Uprightness here has the idea of walking the "straight and the narrow," being morally right, and just. God defines the standard of right and wrong. Today how will you do what you know God wants you to do out of fear, a reverential love for Him, even if you do not feel like it? If you do not walk in uprightness, but in perverseness (froward, complain, unyielding) you are despising the very one who gives you the breath to live. Today, how will each breath you take show that you love God?

May 14, Monday, 2012

Proverbs 14:30 "A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones."

"Sound" – has the idea of wholesomeness, peace, contentment, calmness, security

"Heart" – is your will, intellect, feelings, your "want to"

"Envy" – jealousy, zeal, this emotion is greater than a person’s wrath and anger (Proverbs 27:4)

"Flesh" – physical body

Do you have a contented heart in Jesus which is good for your physical body, or do you have a jealous discontentment which is destructive to your body? Are you trusting God? If you are, God will give you peace. Isaiah 26:3-4 says, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:"

June 14, 2012

“The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: But the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.” (Proverbs 14:11)

The word house in this context refers to family and prosperity. Tabernacle in the context refers to tents where they dwelt. In contrast to the wicked, who want to prolong their houses the upright who dwell in tents will grow and spring up. Do you recognize in your life that God is not going to bless sinful actions in the long run and will bless the upright with abundant growth? Would others describe you as a guy who does the right thing/upright.

July 14, 2012

“A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: But knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.” (Proverbs 14:6)

Why would a scorner not find wisdom? There are nine reasons that can be noted just from looking at the usage of scorner in Proverbs.

1. A scorner shames the person who tries to teach him anything. (Proverbs 9:7) Who would want to help this type of arrogant person?

2. Furthermore, a scorner hates the person who reproves and tries to reason with him. (Proverbs 9:8; 15:12) A scorner thinks he already knows it all vs. understanding that the reproof he was given really was to protect him from harm. Then letting that change him to loving seek to do what is pleasing to his authority. This is in contrast to the wise man who loves the person who corrects him and becomes wiser as the result of it.

3. A scorner does not hear rebuke. (Prov. 13:1) He is so sure that HIS way of doing things is the best that he will not listen to counsel or even remember counsel, even if it comes from his father.

4. A scorner does not love those who reprove him. This is a key to understanding and gaining wisdom. Therefore, the attitude of a scorner is to disrespect his God ordained authority and anyone who disagrees with him.

5. A scorner will not go to the wise for advice. (Prov. 15:12) He thinks he can figure things out on his own.

6. A scorner must be dealt with harshly for he will not listen to words or reason. (Proverbs 19:25; 21:11) He does not understand advice because he is so arrogant thinking he already knows what is best. Because of this, the scorner fails to gain the wisdom he could have had if he would of just been humble and obedient.

7. A scorner is proud and haughty. Those with whom his wrath comes upon are treated with disrespect and disgust. (Proverbs 21:24)

8. Scorners start brawls, cast prideful judgments, and shame and disgrace others. (Proverbs 24:9) The only way for peace to be regained is to cast him out. (Proverbs 22:10).

9. Lastly, the scorner is an abomination to men. (Proverbs 24:9) Nobody likes to be around a person who never admits are wrong or is constantly a know-it-all, when in fact they know nothing. They are just conceited.

It is no wonder why a scorner cannot get wisdom. He is too proud to take advice. Wiersbe writes,

"Scorners can’t find wisdom even if they seek for it (14:6), because learning God’s truth demands a humble mind and an obedient will. What scorners lack in knowledge they make up for in arrogance."

[Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Skillful, “Be” Commentary Series (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996), 72.]

How are you avoiding being like a scorner today? Are you humble enough to take advice from those in authority and from peers? It is only as you are humble enough to take advice and to admit you are wrong that you can truly understand and have knowledge.

August 14, Tuesday, 2012

Proverbs 14:2 "He that walketh in his uprightness feareth (reverences) the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him."

i. Walk – go, on continually, go forward

ii. Upright – right, straight, equity. This Hebrew word for "upright" is used 14 times in the Bible. In the Old Testament, two paths are often mentioned, the straight path and the crooked path. We are advised to stay on the straight path and not to stray onto the crooked path (Proverbs 2:13, 15).

iii. Perverse – to depart, froward (contrary, unyielding), to turn aside, devious (going astray)

iv. Despiseth – disdain, disesteem, hold in contempt, disrespect

Does your life show that you reverence the Lord or that you disrespect Him? Disrespect for your parents is disrespect to the Lord. How are you doing all you know that God wants you to do today? Are you seeking to stay on the straight path today, not to gain God’s love because His love for us never changes, but because You love Him?

Do not stray off the straight path into the crooked path but let your life be a hymn of worship to the Lord as you worship Him in the beauty of holiness (not being conformed to the mold of the world philosophies and standards but to God’s standard) (Psalm 29:2).

September 14, 2012

“Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: But much increase is by the strength of the ox.” (Proverbs 14:4)

The principle is if you are going to have animals are equipment to get more done, there is going to be required maintenance.

Are you being faithful to maintain what God has made you a steward of and weighed out the pros and cons of owning certain animals or things before purchasing them?

October 14, 2012

“A faithful witness will not lie: But a false witness will utter lies.” (Proverbs 14:5)

Can other counts on you to always tell the truth, or do they wonder if you are lying? How would others describe you, honest or dishonest? So if being honest is a problem let me challenge you with this verse.

“Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.” (Ephesians 4:25)

November 14, Wednesday, 2012

Proverbs 14:1 "Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands."

This verse speaks of the incredible emotional and spiritual influence that a woman has upon her family. The mother often sets the tone for the rest of the family. If mom is happy the rest of the family is happy, but if mom is grumpy, the rest of the family will tend to be grumpy as well.

Proverbs 14:1 says that a wise woman builds up her household. How does she do it? Proverbs 24:3 says, "Through wisdom is a house builded; and by understanding it is established." We need to remember three important principles:

a. The fear of the Lord is both practical and spiritual wisdom (Job 28:28, Proverbs 9:10)

b. The practical meaning of the fear of the Lord from Proverbs 8:13 is to hate evil, pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the froward (murmering, complaining, contrary) mouth

c. The practical definition of "understanding" Job gives us in Job 28:28 is that understanding is to depart from evil

So the wise woman, through wisdom and understanding, does not tolerate sin and turns from any known sin in her own life. She looks for ways to encourage her family in doing what is right. This woman not only possesses spiritual wisdom but practical wisdom as well. She is very industrious and thrifty with what she has. Adam Clarke says this in his commentary on Proverbs 14:1, "Every wise woman buildeth her house—By her prudent and industrious management she increases property in the family, furniture in the house, and food and raiment for her household. This is the true building of a house. The thriftless wife acts differently, and the opposite is the result. Household furniture, far from being increased, is dilapidated; and her household are ill-fed, ill-clothed, and worse educated.

—Adam Clarke’s Commentary

We should all takes some lessons from this wise, diligent, and industrious woman. Do you build up others or tear down others? Do you wisely manage what God has given you or do you foolishly squander it? Are you like the wise or the foolish woman? We need God’s wisdom. Today humbly ask God in faith for His wisdom to live your life both according to practical and spiritual wisdom as the proverbs of the New Testament, James advises those who lack wisdom (James 1:5-6). We need to build each other up. When we do, God will be glorified.

Have a great day and God bless!

December 14, Friday, 2012

Proverbs 14:7 "Go from a presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge."

Knowledge (H1847) – this word is used 40 of its 91 occurrences in the Hebrew Old Testament in the book of Proverbs; it is associated with the Biblical concept of wisdom. Knowledge is discernment, cunning, not ignorant, insightful, knowing.

Knowledge is rooted in a fear of the Lord (Proverbs 1:7). In the book of Proverbs there are a couple of verses that tell us about what knowledge does.

a. Knowledge delivers the just/righteous. The just have superior discernment (Proverbs 11:9)

b. Gives knowledge in filling house (Hebrew also refers to family) with all precious and pleasant riches. Knowledge works together with wisdom and understanding which build and establish the house respectively (Proverbs 24:3-4). Thus knowledge is the last link in the chain of events of building a good home.

With whom do you associate, the foolish or the wise? Do you spend time with those who will help you to continue to fear the Lord; to have Godly discernment; and to build your life, house, and possibly future family on the foundation of the Word of God? Are there people with whom you should leave their presence because they cannot help you grow in the Lord?

Proverbs 20:15 says, "There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel."

How will you associate with those who have that precious jewel of the lips of knowledge (wise speech) and make sure you spend much time with God, the source of all true knowledge?

"Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord," 2 Peter 1:2

January 14, 2013

“A true witness delivereth souls: But a deceitful witness speaketh lies.” (Proverbs 14:25)

True – firmness, trustworthiness; constancy, duration; faithfulness; assured; right (Logos Bible Word Study)

Delivereth – to pull out, save, rescue (Logos Bible Word Study)

Deceitful – trick; fraud; disillusionment, guile, false, subtitly, treachery, feign, craft (Logos Bible Word Study)

Lies – deceitful, false, leasing (Logos Bible Word Study)

The context is a court setting, but I would also suggest that we are also living our lives in a big courtroom in the eyes of the Judge of the whole earth. (Genesis 18:25) We each will be accountable to him at one of two places the judgment seat of Christ for believers or the great white throne judgment for unbelievers. (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15)

Until that day though believers in Christ Jesus need to be honest people. We are in essence living in the courtroom. The question is what does your life and words convey to those around you? Does your life preach a false gospel that everybody is okay the way they are or does it lack a fervency to warn the lost of their impending state of judgment in hell if they do not trust the Lord? Jude 23 says, “and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”

Is your life consistently matching up with the Gospel of Christ, so that others see that need of salvation they have and their unholy and sinful condition before our Holy God. I pray that today that our lives would not in any way contradict the Gospel of Christ and that we would be fervent soul winners to deliver the souls destined for hell with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So grab some Gospel tracs to hand out to the cashier at the store, to give to your waitress at the restaurant, or talk to your neighbor. Be compassionate about the souls around you as Jesus was and seek to bring them back to the Shepherd and Bishop of their souls. (Matthew 9:37-38; 1 Peter 2:25). Do not think someone else will do it the command to go is to you. (Matthew 28:19-20).

February 14, Thursday, 2013

Proverbs 14:26 "In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and His children shall have a place of refuge."

Do you remember what the fear of the Lord is? The fear of the Lord is to hate evil (Proverbs 8:13).

Do you remember what the beginning of knowledge and wisdom is? The fear of the Lord (Proverbs 1:7, 9:10).

Fearing the Lord in essence is hating what God hates and loving what He loves; you abhor the evil and cleave to the good (Romans 12:10). In Romans 12:10, Paul in essence gives the fear of the Lord. He commands believers to abhor evil, but links it to the command to cleave to good which is driven by a love for God which is without dissimulation (hypocrisy). Thus, the fear of the Lord is not a terror of God, but a loving awe and respect for Him which is evidenced by our obedience.

Proverbs 14:26 gives us two of many benefits of having the fear of the Lord in our lives

a. A strong confidence. The two Hebrew words indicate that this is bold and loud confidence, hope, and trust. Confidence from this definition seems to be unashamed and vocal attitude about the Lord. Romans 10:11 says those who believe on Christ shall not be ashamed.

b. Refuge (H4268) – hope, shelter, trust

Do you have this confidence and security in the Lord? Is their sin in your life that you are not hating that you need to confess and forsake? If so, do so, then you can have this strong boldness and trust, and the security that comes from that loving awe and reverence of God?

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1

Sorry this is a day late, and happy belated Valentine’s Day!

March 14, Thursday, 2013

Proverbs 14:7 "Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge."

In the Prowisdom Text for March 10, I gave the characteristics of the foolish individual. This is the same type of fool here in this passage. Here is a review of what this foolish person is like:

Foolish (H3684) – stupid fellow, dullard, simpleton, arrogant one, silly, foolish. This type of fool lacks the ability to deal with life successfully, he hates knowledge, and gets angry quickly (Proverbs 1:22, Ecclesiastes 7:9). Figuratively, he lives life in darkness while the wise person sees (Ecclesiastes 2:14). He hides his hatred by lying, slanders others, does mischief (lewd jokes, wickedness) for fun, is headstrong, is a grief to his parents, follows his own heart, is not teachable, returns to his folly, trusts his own heart, and speaks his mind (Proverbs 10:18, 10:23, 14:16, 17:21, 18:2, 23:9, 26:11, 28:26, 29:11).

Knowledge (H1847) –

1a) knowledge, perception, skill

1b) discernment, understanding, wisdom

– Brown-Driver-Brigg’s Hebrew Definitions

Knowledge is insight, intelligence, understanding, and cunning gained through the senses.

This verse is saying get away from the guy who does not speak with understanding and Godly discernment. Sadly, there are many people today who have rejected Biblical morals and follow the sinful morals of this world.

We are to avoid spending time or forming friendships with these people because we are informed in Proverbs that the person who walks with the wise will be wise while a companion of fools will be destroyed (Proverbs 13:20). This command is reiterated in 1 Corinthians 15:33 "Be not deceived: evil communications (companionship) corrupt good manners."

Who are your friends? Are they wise or foolish? When you perceive that someone is a not a person God would want you to be around, do you continue to hang around them or get away from them? Are you following the crowd, or are you following God?

April 14, 2013

“The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: But the folly of fools is deceit.” (Proverbs 14:8)

Wisdom – in a good sense of being skillful, wise, possessing wit.

Prudent is used eight times in the book of Proverbs.

The prudent know how to cover shame. – 12:16

The prudent man conceals knowledge – 12:23

Every prudent person deals with knowledge – 13:16

The prudent understand the path they are traveling – 14:8

The prudent are careful and monitor their planned course of action -14:15

The prudent have knowledge – 14:18

The prudent have discernment to see the end result of a particular course of action -22:3; 27:12

Understanding – to separate mentally or distinguish, be cunning, diligent, direct, discern, eloquent, feel, inform, have intelligence, know, look well to, mark, perceive, prudent, regard, skill, teach, think, make to, get, give understand, view. (Concise Dictionary of the Words in the Greek Testament and the Hebrew Bible)

Folly – silly

Deceit – craft, deceit, false, feigned, subtilly, treachery. (Concise Dictionary of the Words in the Greek Testament and the Hebrew Bible)

The prudent person is able to tell you what, why, and when of how come he is choosing a particular way. He knows how to distinguish between what will help him and what will hinder him from doing what he needs to get done. He has weighed out the options and chosen the best Biblically sound action. He follows Paul’s advice. “See that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.”

The foolish man’s plan of action is to lie about his actions. He has not wisely planned out a course of action, so when push comes to shove, he cannot produce the results he should have. I think of this in regards to plagiarism in school work or lying about an uncompleted task on the job. Can you think of other examples?

In your life, how do you cope with the challenges you face? Do you lie about the difficulties you face as the fool, or do you plan out how you are going to successfully and biblically overcome your difficulties as the prudent man?

May 14, 2013

“The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: And a good man shall be satisfied from himself.” (Proverbs 14:14)

Backslider – deviate, be disloyal, in Ps 53:4 ; 80:19; disloyal heart Pr 14:14 – A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament, 253.

It denotes an ongoing action.

Filled: be satiated, have had enough – A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament, 348.

Good man – merry, pleasant desirable – Logos Bible Word Study

The children of Israel are a vivid example of being filled with their own ways. When they lusted after the meat in the wilderness, God gave them their request. However, they suffered spiritually; some even died while they had there mouths full of meat. The Law of sowing and reaping is clearly seen in this passage. If you sow evil, you will not have a pleasant harvest. If you sow good there will be a satisfying harvest. Galatians 6:7-9 says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:7–9)

We will all be filled with either good or evil depending on how we live. To be filled with good we need the Lord’s help. Jesus said, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” (John 15:4) Apart from Christ’s salvific work on the cross we are filthy sinners incapable of doing good. (Rom 3:10) As brothers and sisters in Christ through faith in Christ alone, I pray that we would find our strength in the Lord. Goodness is an attribute which is truly only found in God. As we abide in Christ, God goodness is able to be worked out in our lives.

So what are you being filled with today, your own ways or God’s blessing?

June 14, Friday, 2013

Proverbs 14:16 "A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident."

Wise (H2450) – from <H2449> (chakam); wise, (i.e. intelligent, skilful or artful) :- cunning (man), subtil, ([un-]), wise ([hearted], man). – Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.

Feareth (H3373) – afraid, fear. This Hebrew word comes from another Hebrew Word meaning "to morally revere, to reverence." This fear, is not the fear of man which is a trap, but is the fear of God which brings wisdom, knowledge, salvation, and glory (Proverbs 29:25, 1:7, 9:10, Psalm 85:9). I love what Psalm 85:9 says, "Surely His salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land." Do you want God’s honor to dwell on your life, your family, your church, your city, your state, your country? Then fear the Lord by having a desire to honor Him with all that you are. Continually seek to depart from any known sin in your life. Have the teachable heart of David where he besought to God to show him His ways, teach him His paths, search him, know his heart, try him, know his thoughts, see if there is any wicked way in him, and lead him in the way everlasting (Psalm 25:4-5, 139:23-24). Is this your heart? If it is, God will do awesome things through you.

Departeth (H5493) – decline, eschew, leave undone, rebel, withdraw, turn aside.

Are you like the fool who makes excuses for his sin, and insists he is right? Proverbs 14:12 says there is a way that seems right to a man but the end thereof are the ways of death. This verse is the heart and soul of our culture today which implores people to follow their heart and to do what they think is right; however, the Bible calls the people that do this fools (Proverbs 28:26). As Christians we ought to trust the Lord and not our heart, and as we do God will give us strong confidence that what we are doing is right because it lines up with His Word (Proverbs 14:26).

How will you seek God and depart from any wrong attitudes, actions, or thoughts today instead of getting irritated and mad when God brings conviction to your heart directly or through another person about these things? Do you trust your own heart or do you trust God? Will you be wise or will you be foolish?

"Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, … them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. " 1 Samuel 2:30

July 14, Sunday, 2013

Proverbs 14:34 "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people."

Are you helping to exalt your nation today by doing what is right?

August 14, 2013

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, But the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12)

How do you judge what is right and wrong? Do you reason using the word of God, or your own wisdom.

Today purpose to make your decisions based off of God’s word, for “The entrance of thy words giveth light; It giveth understanding unto the simple.” (Psalm 119:130) God will not leave you in the dark regarding what is right and wrong.

September 14, Saturday, 2013

Proverbs 14:10 "The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy."

Heart (H3820) – consent, mind, midst, courageous. It also can refer to different conditions of the heart such as being hard, stout, broken, merry, or double hearted. This Hebrew word is used very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect. – Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries

Knoweth (H3045) – yād̠aʿ: A verb meaning to know, to learn, to perceive, to discern, to experience, to confess, to consider, to know people relationally, to know how, to be skillful, to be made known, to make oneself known, to make to know.

Warren Baker and Eugene Carpenter, The Complete Word Study Dictionary – Old Testament, (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2003), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 420.

Bitterness (H4787) – This is the sole occurrence of this Hebrew word in the Bible. It means trouble. AMG’s Complete Word Study Dictionaries elaborate more on this one word Strong’s definition: indicates a strong emotional response of disappointment, a feeling of being betrayed in one’s soul.

Stranger (H2114) – foreigner, from another place. Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries

Intermeddle (H6148) – to braid, intermix; also to give or be security, engage, mingle, mortgage, give pledges, surety. Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries

Joy (H8057) – gladness, mirth, pleasure, rejoicing. Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries

Each person knows what troubles his heart and what brings him joy. The stranger does not engage in his joy. As Christians we have joy unspeakable and full of glory in Christ even in the midst of suffering which is something the world cannot understand. As I was meditating on Proverbs 14:10, the Lord brought to mind 1 Peter 1:5-9 which I think is a great New Testament parallel and explanation of the Christian’s unquenchable joy in Christ.

1 Peter 1:5-9 says, "Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls."

Can you say as David in Psalm 42:11 and 43:5 when he was discouraged, "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." Would other’s think God is dead by the health of your countenance or does your countenance reflect the joy, life, and peace of the Lord?

Let’s keep our eyes focused on the Lord and our joy established in Him, the infallible Source. If our joy and contentment is in anything else, it will crumble. Today what is troubling you? Have you brought it before the Lord in prayer? Have you established your joy in Him today, or is it in some fallible source?

October 14, Monday, 2013

Proverbs 14:17 "He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated."

Soon (H7116) – This Hebrew word is only used five times in the Bible. It finds it roots in the Hebrew word for "shortened." We looked at this word on Saturday where it was used in relation to the years of the wicked being shortened (Prov. 12:26).

From <H7114> (qatsar); short (whether in size, number, life, strength or temper) :- few, hasty, small, soon. – Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries

The person who is soon angry is irascible which Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines as, "Very susceptible of anger; easily provoked or inflamed with resentment; irritable; as an irascible man; an irascible temper."

Angry (H639) – rapid breathing of passion, countenance, wrath, nose, nostril, snout. – Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries

This person’s countenance is easily transformed from peacefulness to rage.

Foolishly (H200) – folly, silliness.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines "foolishly" as,

1. Weakly; without understanding or judgment; unwisely; indiscreetly.

2. Wickedly; sinfully.

Thus we have a person who is short-tempered acts without understanding and good judgment, and a man with evil plans is an enemy.

Are you easily angered? What controls you, your temper or the Holy Spirit? Are you irritable or are you patient with others? Has there been a time where you have gotten angry quickly only to fine out you did not know all the facts of what was going on, and it was really stupid to get angry about a situation? I know I have on more than one occasion. By God’s grace let’s purpose to be patient with others and to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16)

Ephesians 4:1-2 "… walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; "

November 14, 2013

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