Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Eleven

The October, 2016, Proverbs Challenge advances onward with each passing day.  Our challenge is to read a single chapter from the book of Proverbs in the Bible and post our thoughts, reflections and commentary on either the entire chapter or specific verses therein.  Thanks to those who have joined us as we pursue the Wisdom of the Ages.  By the way, if you missed the start on October the first, you can still join in.  You’ll just have a few chapters to read in the early days of November.  Why not take the challenge?

Today I am prayerfully reflecting on a verse near the end of Proverbs 11.  It reads this way in the New American Standard Bible: “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
And he who is wise wins souls.” (Proverbs 11:30).  Last night in a meeting with a number of other ministers, we were thinking about what the fruit of a life committed to Christ should be.  In the first phrase of this verse from Proverbs 11, the Word of God declares that such fruit, the fruit of the righteous, is a tree of life.  Jesus said something similar when He taught that the one who abides in Him bears much fruit.  Jesus said He is the Vine and we are the branches (of the Vine) and when we (the branches of the Vine) abide in Him (remain connected to the Vine) we will bear much fruit – that is, we will be a tree (or branch) of life (or fruit).

The second part of Proverbs 11:30 observes that the one who wins souls is wise.  It is my guess that a number of church members who believe they are following Christ would be quick to identify as wise in regards to most things.  I suspect they would claim to have made a choice demonstrating how wise they are in deciding to join the church.  I would guess that such people would claim to demonstrate wisdom through their decisions to not participate in sinful and dangerous activities.  Yet the Bible declares that the wise person wins souls.  How does our wisdom as church members stack up against that measurement?  Challenging, isn’t it?


~ by brotherfaron on October 11, 2016.

One Response to “Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Eleven”

  1. The verse that stands out to me today is verse 28. “He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.” Since today was the day I found time to water my poor houseplants, I was really glad to see that they were still green and healthy, although a bit dry. Drawing a parallel to this portion of Scripture is obvious to me. God delights in the righteous and I delighted in seeing that my neglected plants were still thriving. The leaves were green and able to catch the sunlight and transform it to the nourishment they need, they are pleasing to my sight and brought me joy. Our righteousness in only in Christ Jesus, and when we walk in that righteousness, we are God’s delight (verse 20). I want to be that lush, green leaf when God looks at me! Don’t you?

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