This month WeatheredStorms.com‘s devotional component is focusing on a methodical path to positive living through the book of Proverbs.
Chuck Missler has a great series on Proverbs (http://www.khouse.org/articles/2006/624/), which recommends reading a chapter of Proverbs each day, and writing down a verse that means something to you. That verse can be the focus of your day, or simply something to look back on once you are going to bed. What is fascinating about this process is how applicable each chapter can be to our daily lives, if we take the time to simply read.
To help with this process, the Weathered Storm’s team is going to take this same approach to reading Proverbs, and share some basic thoughts as we go along. To illustrate the importance of starting where you are, we are going to start with TODAY’S date, and not be troubled by skipping chapters 1-5. The person who starts today benefits immediately, while waiting to begin when the month starts over just postpones your progress.
Here we go 08/06/2015…Proverbs 6:
The first section of Proverbs 6 talks about work ethic. From offering to strike deals with those around you to being lazy, all sorts of imagery pops out of the following verses:
“My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth.” [Proverbs 6:1-2]
“Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
like a bird from the snare of the fowler.” [Proverbs 6:5]
“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.” [Proverbs 6:10-11]
To me these verses offer the practical information that tying up yourself in others’ business can be counter productive to your success. From a business or even personal finance standpoint, it is important to know that if someone needs a co-signer there is a very good chance they are not committed to the business enough to be successful. There is also the concern that they do not have the financial discipline to offer the business stability. In either case, this book starts out with advice to proceed carefully in the way you interact with others.
Proverbs 6:16-19 cover the 7 deadly sins, which are adequately discussed elsewhere, so we will leap ahead to the end of this chapter, which is focused on adultery and jealousy.
“My son, keep your father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” [Proverbs 6:20]
“Do not lust in your heart after [your neighbor’s wife’s] beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes.” [Proverbs 6:25]
“But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.” [Proverbs 6:32]
This set of scriptures seems like a strange departure from the beginning of the chapter, which was focused on sound financial judgement and working hard. That being said, it is easy to think about the number of successful people we see in the world who are good at the first part of this chapter, but end up falling prey to a vice of some sort (greed, jealousy, adultery, drugs, etc.). I believe the Bible is not only presenting the key to capturing success, but also maintaining that success.
We all have gut feelings about what is right or wrong, so it is equally important to maintain that good judgement when we start a project as when we finally reach our stride.
It is our prayer at WeatheredStorms.com that you will not only prosper in your endeavors, but that you will stay faithful in success and the journey along the way!