August 20th Proverbs chapters 16-18

There are so many different, good proverbs to choose to blog about that it is hard to choose just a couple.  Although we will only look at a few each day, I would like to challenge you to not brush through these short proverbial sayings.  If we will take time to ponder what each one means they will enrich our lives.  For those of you who have study bibles, I would like to also encourage you to see what the notes say.  Some proverbs are very straight forward while others have a little more depth to them.  For example in Proverbs 16:26 it says “The person who labors, labors for himself, for his hungry mouth drives him on.” It would be good for our government officials to look closely at this piece of wisdom from God.  On a deeper level we can see that, need produces productivity and that is not a bad thing.  In a country where there are many many “hand outs” given there is no drive for people to be productive.  This lack of drive gives way to idle time, idle time in the life of the “simple” or the “fool” leads to violence and civil unrest.  I had to wonder when the folks were occupying Wall Street: “what jobs allow a four week leave of absence for one to live on the streets and smoke pot?  The answer is clear my friends; those who have their daily needs provided for them without working.  There are also those who can make more money on un-employment benefits than they can on the work force.  This undoubtedly leads to a non productive nation that will implode on itself which we see happening today.  Our Government has borrowed so much money for social programs that they cannot afford to allow the interest rates to climb or there would not be enough revenue to even pay the interest on our national debt (both sides of the isle for those who may think that I have turned this into a political blog).  The effect of deflating the interest rates is that now, those who have worked their entire life and have put money back for retirement cannot retire due to the fact that there is little to no return on their investments.  Now these people are working into their late lives which causes the job market to be flooded, leaving young people with little opportunity for employment.  Then the entire thing comes full circle because now those who truly want employment cannot gain it due to the older generation not being able to retire, and in turn look to the government for help only to exacerbate the situation.  But in God’s Word, in one little verse there was the wisdom to stop this from happening.

This example leads me to the proverb that we will focus on today it is Proverbs 16:25 (the verse directly before the one I had mentioned in the last paragraph). “There is a way that seems right unto man, but its end is the way of death.”  It may seem, to some of our politicians and voters, that the hand out system is the best system and there are some that have done so with the best of intentions.  Some leaders really think that they are trying to help, but they lack wisdom.  There is a notion that they know what is best for the people and society, but without the wisdom that comes from above we are incapable of doing what is right, even with best intentions.  Charles Krauthammer, an editorial journalist, stated that he once felt this way.  But after looking at all the information  (I believe that he realized the heart of man and our self centered characteristics) he changed his mind and politically made a 180 degree turn. What seems right to us is slanted and bent toward sin and destruction because we are fallen creatures that are infected with a sin nature.  God’s Word is the only true sense of wisdom that we can depend on in this life.  

I hope that you will join me in studying the wisdom literature of scripture this week.  May God bless the studying of His Word.

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