Nuggets from Proverbs
Here are a few nuggets of wisdom and personal observations from my studies in Proverbs. (You can access my online classes via YouTube at the link below).
√ Some parents need to up their conversation. There are repeated warnings of sexual temptation in chapters 5, 6 & 7. These warnings are repetitive, graphic and urgent. This is not a father sitting down with his son to talk about “the birds and the bees,” who is so uncomfortable it takes him 2 minutes to say, “son, don’t have sex before marriage.” No. This is an extended description of the levels of temptation, the fire of passion and emotion and the deadly snare of adultery. In chapter 7, a scene plays out and it is easy to imagine the father’s tone of urgency. DON’T DO THIS. What occurs to me is, parents are being trained to have these crucial conversations. And in our time, with all the access to this temptation, it has to be more than just “don’t do this.”
√ Some people are so lazy, they need to go to school. This particular school has ants on the faculty. Picture this lazy guy being taken into a classroom. He looks up at the lectern and there is an ant. The ant lectures him about hard work, team work, good results, initiative, responsibility and the value of taking care of yourself and your family. Now read Prov. 6:6-11. This is the biblical work ethic that is the opposite of the typical sense of entitlement we see in our time.
√ Some people move around in life from one con to another. There was a TV series back in the 70’s, THE ROCKFORD FILES. There was this guy Jim did time with, Angel Martin. Angel always had a deal going, and it was always introduced by “Hey Jimmy, I got this deal going…” This type is described in Proverbs 6: “…winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger, with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing,” (Prov. 6:12-15). The Angel types are still around. They just use phones and computers to pitch their deals.