Woke up today feeling mentally tired and spiritually cool.
Started reading from the 18th chapter of proverbs with a shaky prayer for God’s help. Suddenly found my imagination captured by statements like:
- A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment (18:1).
- The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe (18:10)
- He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him (18:13)
- The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, But who can bear a broken spirit? (18:14).
Those weren’t the only proverbs in this chapter that caught my attention. For the first time I saw the relationship between two side by sides that I had never seen before:
- The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit (18:11).
- Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility (18:12)
Others seemed to suddenly come at me from all directions. Time flew by as I was reminded again and again of why I need the death of Christ (for my countless sins)… and the presence of his Spirit together with the life-changing perspective of his words (to over ride my ever present inclination to do the self-centered, short-sighted, thoughtless, and worthless thing).
Was also reminded once again of the difference between faith in Christ with or without proverbs. Or another way of saying that “… the difference between faith in Christ with or without the treasures of his wisdom (Col 2:1-3).
Would be interested in hearing whether you’ve found the proverbs to be a way of renewing your mind, heart… and faith…