Seven falls

When I was a child, the family owned property with a swimming hole called Twin Falls. Most kids today probably don’t know what a swimming hole is. Anyhow, it was lots of fun. Seven falls, though, don’t make for much fun.

Proverbs 24

16 For a righteous man falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.

I have fallen a lot. Help me, Lord, be righteous so you can lift me up and keep me up!

Wisdom like honey

Proverbs 24 (Amplified Bible)

14 So shall you know skillful and godly Wisdom to be thus to your life {like honey}; if you find it, then shall there be a future and a reward, and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off.

Father, please guide and attune me to skillful and godly wisdom and usher me into a future, a reward, hope, and expectation.

Knowledge increases power

Proverbs 24

A wise man is strong and is better than a strong man, and a man of knowledge increases and strengthens his power;

For by wise counsel you can wage your war, and in an abundance of counselors there is victory and safety.

Lord, lead me to the abundance of counselors I need for victory and safety!

Health or Suicide?

Proverbs Chapter 18, Verse 9 (Amplified Bible)

He who is loose and slack in his work is brother to him who is a destroyer and he who does not use his endeavors to heal himself is brother to him who commits suicide.

Wow! Heavy! So taking care of oneself may not be egotistical but rather an ethical imperative. This reminds me of what Benson Agbortogo writes about in his new book The Business System that Never Fails. He makes the point that love of self is one of the three pillars of success in business. Your thoughts?



Respect the wicked?

Proverbs 18:5 (Amplified Bible)

To respect the person of the wicked and be partial to him, so as to deprive the [consistently] righteous of justice, is not good.

This struck me hard this morning. There is indeed an opportunity cost to some apparently good conduct. It may appear right to give a priority to the squeaking person, but since time and energy are always limited this comes at the cost of not devoting the time and energy to clearly good people and causes. This is a tough one for me. Aren’t we supposed to respect all. Please help me sort this one out.

Proverbs for Success

Read the book of Proverbs humbly and prayerfully. Let’s look at Proverbs 16: 32 as an example.

 “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, he who rules his [own] spirit than he who takes a city.”

The arrogant and foolish way to think when reading this goes something like, “I am better than the mighty because I am slow to anger. I am better than a conqueror of cities because I keep my own spirit under control.” The wise and humble reading yields something like “I really need to guard against sudden anger like the other day when I really got miffed. I would like to have my spirit under control but plenty of times I don’t.”

The humble and wise approach leads to powerful prayer to claim the golden treasure Proverbs offers. In this case the prayer goes something like this. “Lord, thank you for this opportunity to improve my life. I ask you to lead me into victory over my anger and control over my spirit.”

If you try this out, please let me know how it works for you.