Pondering Proverbs 18:20 — 18:21

Pondering Proverbs 18:20 — 18:21
“From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied;
he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits.”

My take: This is quite an interesting passage. There is power in words backed up by faith and belief. Thoughts influence emotions and emotions touch actions. Words, thoughts and emotions expressed, have a dynamic cause and effect. The writer here referring to ‘fruit’ as expressing good, choice and healthy language. Thinking and acting upon such results in satisfaction of tangible and untangible. Even death and life may be influenced by the power of our words. With that said, we still are governed by the principles established by God and His good and pleasing will.

Action words: from fruit of mouth, satisfied, power, eat fruit

My prayer: Lord, help me to thrive; focused on all that is good, true and pleasing to You.

Cooperation; our little part, God’s big part

The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But victory belongs to the LORD. – Proverbs 21:31

RELEVANT SCRIPTURE

1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

Psalm 3:8
Salvation belongs to the LORD; Your blessing be upon Your people! Selah.

Psalm 20:7
Some boast in chariots and some in horses, But we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.

Psalm 33:17
A horse is a false hope for victory; Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.

Isaiah 31:1
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help And rely on horses, And trust in chariots because they are many And in horsemen because they are very strong, But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD!

Jeremiah 3:23
“Surely, the hills are a deception, A tumult on the mountains. Surely in the LORD our God Is the salvation of Israel.

1st Corinthians 3:6
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.

SELECT COMMENTARY

Verse 31. – The horse is prepared against the clay of battle. The horse is an emblem of military power and activity. To the earlier Jews, who were unaccustomed to its use, and indeed forbidden to employ it (Deuteronomy 17:16), the horse and horse-drawn chariots were objects of extreme terror (Joshua 17:16; Judges 4:3), and though Solomon had largely imported them from Egypt (1 Kings 4:26; 1 Kings 10:26, etc.), these animals were used exclusively for war, and, at this time, their services were never applied to agricultural purposes.

The proverb asserts that, though all preparations are made for the battle, and material forces are of the best and strongest description, but safety (victory) is of the Lord (see Psalm 20:7; Psalm 33:16, etc.). Septuagint, “But from the Lord is the help (ἡ βοήθεια).” The great truth here taught may be applied to spiritual matters. The only safety against spiritual enemies is the grace of God; we can cry, with St. Paul (1 Corinthians 15:57), “Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” “By the name ‘horse,'” says St. Gregory (‘Moral.,’ 31:43), “is understood the preparation of right intention, as it is written, ‘The horse is prepared,’ etc.; because the mind prepares itself indeed against temptation, but contends not healthfully unless it be assisted from above.”

MY PONDERING

Does God help those who help themselves?

Does God help those who help others?

Our help comes from the Lord.

I think its clear in Scripture that He does. We must do our little part to respond, to embrace and to align our will in accord with His will.

In Isaiah 30:18 we find these wonderful word, “Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.”

Let us all long for Him, seek Him while it’s still daylight, while we have this fleeting, fragile life.

We who are aware the great battle is foremost a spiritual battle, must strap on the armor of God as found in Ephesians 6 and trust in the Lord for His help. We need to hold onto and contend with faith and perseverance not in our might but His.

I love this saying, “All I can do is all I can do but all I can do is enough…. LORD willing.” I first came across this saying from the book by the same title written by Art Williams. After several years, I added the ’….Lord willing’, to it as it seemed fitting.

Jesus Himself said in regard building ‘The House on the Rock’ in Luke 6:47-49:
“I will show you what he is like who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid his foundation on the rock. When the flood came, the torrent crashed against that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears My words and does not act on them is like a man who built his house on ground without a foundation. The torrent crashed against that house, and immediately it collapsed—and great was its destruction.”

We, you and I, must act. Didn’t you see that?

Either way, we must build the house. We must prepare the horse. Our lack of purpose is no excuse. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Like Jesus said in Matthew 12:30, ”He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.“

How about the golden nuggets?

But you, beloved, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, Jude 1:3

… urge you to contend earnestly for the faith entrusted once for all to the saints. Jude 1:20

Victory is mine, victory is mine, praise the Lord, victory is mine.
Won’t you sing it? Check this spirited rendition.

MY PRAYER

Indeed (in deed) it His victory is mine. Hallelujah!

Pondering Proverbs 14:35 – Dealing Wisely

Pondering Proverbs 14:35 (Nov 14)
“A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor,
but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.”

My take: Now we don’t have many kings these days but we certainly have bosses, managers, owners, and customers we deal with. The best leaders and workers are one’s who serve and look 1st as what they can give rather than get. Certainly Jesus is the pinnacle of this in action. Yet those who think and thus act shamefully reap wrath and bring upon themselves loss. As an owner of s small business, I have witnessed this more than one too many times and seeing it play out once again. Trust takes a while to establish but it can be lost in a heartbeat.

Action words: deals wisely, acts shamefully, wrath falls

Key word: favor [fey-ver]
noun

  1. something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act:
  2. friendly or well-disposed regard; goodwill: to win the favor of the king.
  3. the state of being approved or held in regard: to be in favor at court; styles that are now in favor.
  4. excessive kindness or unfair partiality; preferential treatment: to treat some people with favor and others with neglect.
  5. a gift bestowed as a token of goodwill, kind regard, love, etc., as formerly upon a knight by his lady.
  6. a ribbon, badge, etc., worn in evidence of goodwill or loyalty, as by an adherent of a political party.
  7. a small gift or decorative or festive item, as a noisemaker or paper hat, often distributed to guests at a party.

My prayer: Lord, lets us look to you for the best example of a servant lifestyle. I thank you for your longsuffering and tremendous grace. Help me to make the most of my time, talent and treasure so that You find room for favor and avoid dispensing wrath.

The Bible is the groundwork of human freedom

“it is impossible to mentally or socially enslave a Bible reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.”

Horace Greeley, 19th century editor

My take: Facebook and other social media platforms, like every media, has the potential to enlighten or dim our worldview regarding the unchanging principles established by our Creator.

The inspiration of freedom which the founders of the United States were so acutely aware, did us a great service and no doubt were divinely inspired by the Holy Bible and smart enough to incorporate the best of English, Roman and Greek law.

Judeo-Christian values are what makes this land special, if we don’t lose sight and abandon it, as a significant portion of the American people have.

The Word is light. Light’s larity leads to freedom.