Wednesday, March 30, 2011

31 Days of Wisdom: Proverbs 30

Please visit the link below if you would like to read through Proverbs 30 before continuing.

Disclaimer: This is a personal journey of discovery for me. I am not claiming any special wisdom or exposition of my own, only sharing how 31 days of wisdom affect me and stir my spirit. I highly suggest, no matter who is speaking or sharing, that you check their words against the words of Scripture.

Proverbs 30

This proverbs is the collection of Agur the son of Jakeh.

He cries out to the Lord that he is weary and feels beaten. He is in need of wisdom and understanding that only the Lord can give. (v1-4)

“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.” (v5-6)

He wisely asked the Lord for wisdom and understanding. He asked for only what he needed knowing that if he had too much he would forget the Lord or if he had not enough he would dishonor the Lord.” (v7-9)

“Do not slander a servant to their master, or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.” (v10)

There are people in the world who are foolish. They do not listen to the wisdom of their parents and they are proud and arrogant. They are never satisfied and never have enough even though they devour the poor. (v11-17)

“There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a young woman.” (v18-29)

The adulterous woman sees no problem with her sin. (v30)

He continues to list things that are amazing to him. His lists echo much of what we still find amazing or incomprehensible.

“Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up: a servant who becomes king, a godless fool who gets plenty to eat, a contemptible woman who gets married, and a servant who displaces her mistress.” (v21-23)

“Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer; hyraxes are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags; locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks; a lizard can be caught in the hand, yet it is found in kings’ palaces.” (v24-28)

“There are three things that are stately in their stride, four that move with stately bearing: a lion, mighty among beasts who retreats before nothing; a strutting rooster, a he-goat, and a king secure against revolt.” (v29-31)

You should keep quiet instead of play the fool; hold your hand over your mouth if you must. (v32)

“For as churning cream produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.” I know this one very well lately; “like churning cream” as you keep stirring up anger, it creates something new – strife. (v32)

Dear Father of Wisdom,
Keep me from being one who stirs up strife by allowing my anger to be churned and churned and churned. May I be an influencer of peace and a speaker of quiet answers. Amen

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