WHAT SHALL I WEAR TODAY?

Fear and faith will never live together. Where there is one the other will not be.
 
Proverbs 12:25 -“Anxiety in the heart of a man weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad.”
 
The good word of course are all the promises of Sacred Scripture!
 
Did you know that there are 365 Bible verses that command us not to fear? That’s one for each day of the year, isn’t it?
 
Put on the right clothes each morning! The choice is fully yours.


Making The Best Of A Bad Situation

The Bible Book of Proverbs gives such blunt & good direction for living!
 
Of course the topic of marriage is covered.
 
Proverbs 18:22:
“He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favour from the Lord.”
 
In Proverbs 21:9 God makes it clear that wife-driven contention makes for a bad marriage & home life.
 
“It is better to live in a corner of a roof, than in the house shared with a contentious woman.”
 
The picture of the dog on the roof makes me imagine that a distressed husband is living up there and is having his dog as his only consolation.
 
Wives, strive to live at peace with your husbands. And husbands, do your part to keep the peace as well!
 
There should be no place like home!


IRONY

The irony of the scene is obvious. A seemingly poor woman playing her instrument for donations outside of the world-renown Concert Hall in New York City.

No doubt Concert Hall patrons would have a variety of reactions: Some compassionate, others indignant.

How would you have reacted?

Proverbs 28:27 states a startling principle:

“Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.”

Let us not hide our eyes.



SILENCE IS GOLDEN 

Proverbs 17:28 – “Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.”

My grandfather often said: “if you can’t improve on silence then don’t speak.”

He lived by that adage.

He was a man of few but weighty words.

It’s only the Holy Spirit who can hold a believer’s tongue!
And often the believer’s tongue needs holding!



DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT?

It’s great to see these two having a belly-laugh together!

Proverbs 17:22 assures:
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

There certainly is a time to take things & oneself seriously but only doing that is unhealthy.

There are a lot of broken-spirit, dried-up-boned persons. They rarely laugh & they usually criticize those who do laugh. These unhappy & unhealthy souls take themselves altogether too seriously.

Every once and a while it will do you good to watch or to listen to some clean humour.

How about this Saturday?

It’s good medicine.


A GIFT BETTER NOT GIVEN

There is humor in this cartoon because most of us have experienced a person trying to give a gift which they don’t have or which they don’t have with competence.

Too many unsolicited words often reveal the foolishness of the speaker. It’s better to be slow to speak.

Proverbs 17:28:

“Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is counted prudent.”

My Grandfather’s creed was “if you can’t improve on silence, then don’t speak.”



IT MAKES IT WORSE

Too often alcohol masquerades as a help but actually it usually makes things worse.

Drunkenness has ruined marriages, killed motorists, stolen virginity, diseased human body organs, destroyed friendships, loosened tongues, ended employments, heightened depressions, caused murders & suicides.

But ALL THAT is never printed on the labels of beer & wine bottles!

In Proverbs 20:1 our merciful God warns us:

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.”

You may say: “Not everyone who takes a drink becomes drunk.”

I agree. But it’s also true that no one gets drunk who refuses a drink!



COMMON SENSE IS NOT COMMON

How could this happen?  Well, obviously they had never launched a boat before! But still, how do you not back down the ramp? And what are they checking by the stern while their pick-up truck fills up with lake water?
 

Foolish is as foolish does!

Proverbs 12:15 says this about someone who is a fool (in God’s evaluation!):
“Way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.”

If they didn’t know how to launch a boat, they could’ve avoided a lot of embarrassment & expense by asking someone how to do it!

Be wise & not foolish: Readily admit that you’re not always right and don’t hesitate to seek the advice of others who know more than you do.

Can you imagine filling out the insurance claim form for this fiasco?



Fool Hot Heads

Bears
Our God has a lot to say about “fools” in His Word: Over 70 mentions of fools are sprinkled through the Scriptures. God doesn’t want us to act the fool!
 
One of the characteristics of fools is that they have irrational anger. Proverbs 17:12 warns: “Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool and his folly.” In other words, fools are less rational in anger then wild bears!
 
I have watched sports with interest for many years. At least two trends seem obvious: Now the athletes are bigger and stronger and more athletic and some of them are way more crazy in their rage over things that aren’t that big of a deal!
 
Today’s athlete-fool often throws embarrassing temper tantrums that reveal immaturity and narcissism.
 
Of course you don’t have to be a prima donna sports star to act like a fool: Any Christian who walks according to the flesh and not controlled by the Holy Spirit can easily be irrational in anger. Don’t be that Christian.