Thursday, September 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
The greatest king refereed in the Holy Bible, King David, advises his son Solomon,
Proverbs 4:4 “Take hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands, and you will live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown.”
Pay attention to the amount of respect King David places on Lady Wisdom.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Let us examine the first book of Proverbs today. Life is too complex for any individual to handle all by himself.
King Solomon talks to us as an experienced loving father. Pointing us away from the wrong paths to the right, he states the purpose and theme of proverbs, "For gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight." This is not the worldly wisdom he is talking about - rather Godly wisdom.
A key point to notice here is that, this sort of Godly wisdom is attainable by those who do not possess it. Without holding it back, he gives the secret away:
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
If I am ignoring God's wisdom, then I am a fool.
He portrays Lady Wisdom as the most beautiful woman, calling us to follow her into her house - to the place of victory and achievement and success in life.
King Solomon has caught my attention using his introduction, and let me listen to what he has to say in those coming verses.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
1. Faith - A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways. (Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 31: 29 – 31, Matthew 22: 37, John 14: 15, Psalm 119: 15
2. Marriage – A Virtuous Woman respects her husband. She does him good all the days of her life. She is trustworthy and a helpmeet. (Proverbs 31: 11- 12, Proverbs 31: 23, Proverbs 31: 28, 1 Peter 3, Ephesians 5, Genesis2: 18)
3. Mothering - A Virtuous Woman teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go. (Proverbs 31: 28, Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 22: 6, Deuteronomy 6, Luke 18: 16)
4. Health – A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31: 14 – 15, Proverbs 31: 17, 1 Corinthians 6: 19, Genesis 1: 29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)
5. Service - A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable. (Proverbs 31: 12, Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20, 1 Corinthians 13: 13)
6. Finances - A Virtuous Woman seeks her husband’s approval before making purchases and spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31: 14, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 18, 1 Timothy 6: 10, Ephesians 5: 23, Deuteronomy 14: 22, Numbers 18: 26)
7. Industry – A Virtuous Woman works willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 24, Proverbs 31: 31, Philippians 2: 14)
8. Homemaking – A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20 – 22, Proverbs 31: 27, Titus 2: 5, 1 Peter 4: 9, Hebrews 13: 2)
9. Time - A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 19, Proverbs 31: 27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs 16: 9, Philippians 4:8 )
10. Beauty – A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones. (Proverbs 31: 10Proverbs 31: 21 – 22, Proverbs 31: 24 -25, Isaiah 61: 10, 1 Timothy 2: 9, 1 Peter 3: 1 – 6)
Credits: Melissa Ringstaff
Friday, August 29, 2014
When you meet a man, you judge him by his clothes; when you leave, you judge him by his heart.
- Russian Proverb
The woman on the park bench was gnarled and dirty. Her hair was an uncombed mess, her clothes torn and old. She clutched a paper bag to her side, which seemed to contain her belongings. She sat in the sun, humming to herself. Occasionally she threw a bit of popcorn to ducks who waited at her feet. A little girl and his mother sat by the lake, not wanting to share the bench with this wild-eyed old woman. But when the old woman beckoned to the little girl to share her popcorn, she ran to the bench and let out squeals of laughter as they fed the hungry ducks.
When we shun someone because of the way they look, we cut ourselves off from part of life. But when we are ready for anything - accepting and trusting - we are a wonder to everyone.
Credits: Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Today is July 10th and hopefully you are reading Proverbs Chapter 10 today. All I will do is just scratch the surface and leave the rest for you to learn and meditate.
Those first nine chapters of Proverbs are considered as an introduction to the Book of Proverbs. It essentially teaches us that our life is a grand total of all those decisions we make everyday. Who, what and where we are today, is a result of the sum total of choices and decisions we made up until yesterday.
Chapter 10 is where King Solomon begins those short sentences with powerful meanings - the real stuff.
The first verse speaks about those various choice children have - either to bring home honor or dishonor. In this verse, it does not matter what our current age is. It neither matters whether we have both our parents alive or around us - it is a tribute we can pay towards their sacrifices in order to foster their legacy. The right thing to do is to bring them honor. Ephesians 6:1 tells us to obey our father and mother. As a general rule, God designed parents in such a manner they will only ask their children to do what is right.
In the second verse, King Solomon contrasts a life used to earn tainted wealth versus upright living. Acquiring wealth is certainly a wonderful thing and wealth is an excellent servant, but it makes a hopeless master. Around us, there are numerous ways to acquire tainted wealth. Those shortcuts leading to tainted wealth seem to promise lot more in a relatively brief period of time. Those stepping onto that path become blind of the destructive power of tainted wealth until it starts swallowing them. Such wealth has no lasting value. Righteous living, on the other hand does not seem to promise much in the short run, but it emerges as a true winner in the long run. We should treat wealth as a means for living and only worship Our Lord; He is sure to take care of all our needs, including wealth when we walk upright and honest.
May the rest of this chapter shed further wisdom into your soul.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Today is May 1st and hopefully some of you are starting to read Proverbs for the first time. The journey of a thousand mile begins with a single step, and one has to start somewhere.
Of all those Biblical books, Proverbs compiles a list of short practical instructions for living wisely on earth. It accounts for the myriad circumstances encountered in a person's life and suggests principles specific for those situations. Lady Wisdom encourages us to make wise choices than foolish mistakes.
One theme which is echoed numerous times is “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” King Solomon encourages us to live righteously under the authority and direction of God.
The Purpose of Proverbs: To be Wise (Proverbs 1:1-7)
As a virtue, Wisdom is the spiritual ability to use everything for the glory of God.
Wisdom is a virtue but it is also a Person. We cannot have the virtue without the Person
To Be Wise These Are Necessary:
The basic tool needed to be wise (Proverbs 1:4, Proverbs 1:6-7)
The gift needed to use that knowledge (Proverbs 1:2, Proverbs 1:5-6)
3. INSTRUCTION or LEARNING
The means of obtaining knowledge (Proverbs 1:2-3, Proverbs 1:5, Proverbs 1:7)
4. REPROOF or CORRECTION
The means of enforcing instruction (Proverbs 1:7)
5. THE WORD or THE COMMANDMENT
The source of knowledge (Proverbs 1:1-2, Proverbs 1:6)
6. THE FEAR OF THE LORD
The spiritual foundation of it all (Proverbs 1:7)
Proverbs are pithy statements brimming over with imagery from the real world.
Read the Proverbs!
Live the Proverbs!
Credits: Ronald Hanko
Sunday, March 16, 2014
- While men make elaborate plans, God has the final word.
- For our plans to take shape, submit our work to the Lord.
- The only thing that deflects evil is the fear of God.
- Better to be right and poor, than to be wrong and rich.
- God cares about honesty at workplace - our business is His business.
- Better to get wisdom than gold; get insight rather than silver.
- Bigger the ego, harder the fall.
- Things work out when we trust in God.
- True intelligence is a spring of fresh water, while fools sweat it out the hard way.
- Appetite and hunger are incentives to work harder.
Friday, March 14, 2014
- Lady Wisdom builds a lovely home, while Sir Fool comes along to tear it down brick by brick.
- Those who lead an honest life show respect to God.
- A wise speech always evokes respect.
- Watch out for those false witnesses - they make a business out of lies.
- With an open mind, anyone can meet Lady Wisdom right at their doorsteps.
- Those who are wise watch their steps and always avoid evil.
- Foolish dreamers always live in a world of illusion.
- Everyone loves a winner, while everyone shuns a loser.
- Those who are wise accumulate wisdom.
- Fear of the Lord builds up confidence.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
- Children who do things on their own, and don't listen to their parents are foolish.
- A careless talk can run everything, while careful words make a careful life.
- Those who wallow in gibberish are bad people.
- Those who have a showy life lead an empty life; ones with a plain and simple life lead a full life.
- The rich have lots to loose, while the poor can afford to take lots of risk - they have almost nothing to lose.
- Wise men and women listen to each other's counsel.
- The way to grow rich is by honoring God's commands.
- The fountain of life can be found in those teachings of the wise.
- Those who walk with the wise become wise; those hanging out with fools will see their lives fall into pieces.
- Those who love their children discipline them.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
- Lady Wisdom calls out and Madame Insight raises her voice at the main street.
- Anyone seeking out to be wise should be delighted to meet Lady Wisdom.
- She is telling everyone how to live at our best.
- Only true and right words come out of her mouth.
- Those with truth-ready and open minds will be able to recognize her true words.
- She tells us to prefer her life disciplines over chasing after money, and knowledge of God over career.
- Wisdom is precious than all those trappings of wealth.
- Lady Wisdom dwells together with knowledge and prudence.
- To fear Lord means to hate evil.
- Lady Wisdom loves those who love her.
The day I started searching answer for the question, "Why is wisdom called 'She,'" changed my life (completely) for good. Anyone on the path of meeting Lady Wisdom, can vouch the same. What an awesome and blessed journey!
This is a wonderful chapter. I could not tell which verse to abbreviate. Hence, am adding the entire chapter for those interested. Check out if Lady Wisdom appeals to you.
1 Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 At the highest point along the way,
where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 beside the gate leading into the city,
at the entrance, she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O people, I call out;
I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 You who are simple, gain prudence;
you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.
6 Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true,
for my lips detest wickedness.
8 All the words of my mouth are just;
none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 To the discerning all of them are right;
they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
I possess knowledge and discretion.
13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil;
I hate pride and arrogance,
evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
I have insight, I have power.
15 By me kings reign
and rulers issue decrees that are just;
16 by me princes govern,
and nobles—all who rule on earth.
17 I love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me.
18 With me are riches and honor,
enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 My fruit is better than fine gold;
what I yield surpasses choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
along the paths of justice,
21 bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me
and making their treasuries full.
22 “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,
before his deeds of old;
23 I was formed long ages ago,
at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
24 When there were no watery depths, I was given birth,
when there were no springs overflowing with water;
25 before the mountains were settled in place,
before the hills, I was given birth,
26 before he made the world or its fields
or any of the dust of the earth.
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above
and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 when he gave the sea its boundary
so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
30 Then I was constantly[e] at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world
and delighting in mankind.
32 “Now then, my children, listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the Lord.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
all who hate me love death.”
Friday, March 7, 2014
- The teachings of King Solomon are as precious as our eyesight and hence we need to guard them.
- Talk to Lady Wisdom like a sister, and treat Lady Insight as our companion.
- Together, they will protect us from the temptress and seductress.
- The temptress and seductress will lead you like a calf led to a butcher shop, without knowing that your life is over.
- Never fool around with a temptress or seductress; don't even stroll through her neighborhood.
- Countless men have been victims to her spell.
- She's the very cause of death for many men.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
- We should run like a deer from the hunter, or fly like a bird from a trapper if we have locked ourselves in a deal with a stranger.
- Let the ant teach us a lesson - especially if we are lazy.
- Catastrophe is just around the corner, for those riffraff and rascals who talk out of both sides of their mouths.
- God hates these seven things - the eyes that are arrogant, a lying tongue, hands that murder the innocent, a heart that hatches evil plots, feet that race down a wicked track, a mouth that lies under oath, and a troublemaker in the family.
- When it comes to adultery, follow your father's advice and remember your mother's teachings.
- Adultery is a brainless act, soul-destroying, self-destructive and earns bad reputation.
- Jealousy will detonate rage in a cheated husband, and no bribe will ever calm him down.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
- Let's tune our ears to the world of wisdom and set our hearts on a life of understanding.
- Let's say, we won't take "No" for an answer while looking for insight.
- If so, before we know, Fear-of-God will be our's.
- God gives out Wisdom free for those who seek it.
- God keeps an eye on those who live honestly.
- God pays special attention to those who are committed to Him loyally.
- Lady Wisdom will be our best friend, and Brother Knowledge our companion.
- Together, both of them will prevent us from making wrong turns in life.
- Depend on those wise friends - they will rescue us from temptress and seductress.
- Men who walk straight and women with integrity will last in this land.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
The wise sayings of King Solomon are written down for us to live well and right. These writings should be treated as a manual for living. The Book of Proverbs is presented in the Bible for the reader to receive wisdom, justice, judgment and equity.
- We should always start with God - by bowing down to Him.
- Pay close attention to what our father tells us, and remember those things we learned at our mother's knees.
- We should never go along with bad companions, hurting others.
- Listen to what Lady Wisdom has to tell us.
- Lady Wisdom is ready to pour out her spirit and tell us all she knows.
- Those who laugh at the counsel of Lady Wisdom will never find her in time of need, however hard they look.
- Carelessness kills and complacency is equivalent to murder.
- Once we pay attention to Lady Wisdom, we can relax as we are in good hands.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
- Self praise is not a wise idea.
- Putting up with a fool is the heaviest task.
- Nobody can survive jealousy.
- A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.
- A nearby friend is better than a distant relative.
- Prudent people can smell trouble brewing.
- One who honors his/her boss will be honored.
- Our face mirrors our heart.
- Hell and lust have a voracious appetite.
- Possessions don't last forever.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
- Don't give honors to fools.
- Avoid looking foolish by never responding to the stupidity of a fool.
- Sending a message via a fool is asking for trouble.
- A fool does not fit well in a place of honor.
- Hiring a fool or a drunk is as good as harming yourself.
- Dreamers fantasize being smarter than an entire college faculty.
- Grabbing a mad dog's ear will certainly invites worthless quarrel.
- When gossip ends, quarrel dies down.
- Watch out for an enemy who shakes hand and greets you like an old friend.
- Liars hate their victims.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Few notes from Proverbs 23:
- Behave yourself while dining out with an influential person.
- Restrain yourself trying to get rich.
- Politely decline the meal of a tightwad.
- Never waste time talking sense to fools.
- Do not cheat orphans out of their property.
- Pay attention to tested knowledge.
- Be bold in correcting your young ones
- Parents of a wise child will dance and sing with happiness.
- Soak yourself with the Fear-of-God.
- Point your life in the right direction by not drinking too much wine and not eating too much food.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
- A sterling reputation is worth than riches.
- God made both the rich and poor.
- A prudent person sees trouble ahead of time.
- Never borrow from the rich and put yourself under their power.
- God loves and blesses those generous hands, pure-hearted and well-spoken.
- Young kids are prone to make foolish mistakes.
- Don't move back those boundary lines set by our ancestors.
- Wisdom is sweet and will make a bold speech.
- Don't use your position to crush the poor because they are poor.
- Observe and learn from those who are skilled at work.