It’s not proverbs’ fault.
I have found a book that is deeply unsuited to reading a chapter at a time first thing in the morning.
Like taking a car manual to a book club, this book has exposed that my rigid formula for Bible reading does not match every kind of writing.
Proverbs of all things, having made it though Numbers and Daniel!
I’ll try taking the maxim that has helped in the past – focus on what it says about God – but here I’ll adjust to real time: what is God saying to you?
More than just “what is your favourite proverb?” – I’ll ask: “what speaks to my soul?” The murmurings of the unquenched Spirit.
So scan proverbs 17 again, here goes:
God refines out the spirtual gold and silver in my heart.
These proverbs illustrate living in a state of spiritual sensitivity.
There is a control of anger, of temptation to ungodly shortcuts to happiness, like bribes or cheating, or simply ignoring the injustice and misery around you. But those will kill the spirit.
If we listen to God he will soften our hearts and purify our minds.
I worry about my family a lot, but I need to connect more. I have trouble connecting.
I’ll talk to Kelly about how to connect.
Father help me be a channel of your peace.
PS: And though I’m trying not to do ‘what was your fave proverb’ there was one I don’t want to forget:
‘A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor;
Wherever he turns, he prospers.’
The present is the same word for bribe – its at the least a gift to curry favour. Its quite obscure but its saying the person who makes a bribe or manipulative gift thinks of it as a precious stone, when they imagine all sorts of opportunities opening up for themselves by giving it.
The image of ‘wherever he turns…’ is of turning a precious stone in your hand, and seeing gleams in every facet. Its not judging it, though in context its scarcely the kind of behaviour the godly are advised to undertake.
I think its just observational, saying how life is. You’ll encounter people big noting their influence, their ability to be slick, and one step ahead of the system. Somehow to me, thinking of it as them turning their jewel puts it in context, makes it easier not to find threatening.