Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Twenty-seven


Today’s challenge chapter seems to open with a caution about making the most of today because we do not know what tomorrow will bring (verse 1, Proverbs 27).  The chapter concludes with an exhortation to pay attention to the condition of the flock, an expression meaning basically to keep priorities in order and do what needs to be done.  The final verses (26 and 27) then tell us that the result of heeding this wisdom will be sufficiency for our needs.

In America today, we have so many who lean more towards procrastination than toward industry.  We have a tendency to put off until tomorrow things that we know should be done today.  In other words, we tend to run contrary to the wise sayings of Proverbs 27, which teach us to make hay today and take of business now that we might have supply for our needs and those of our household.  I am praying that God will help me practice being more industrious in my life.  How about you?

Before I end today’s thoughts from the October Proverbs Challenge, let me just mention two other verses in Proverbs 27 that seem to speak to my heart today.  The first is Proverbs 27:17 (Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another) and the first part of Proverbs 27:10 (Don’t abandon your friend or your father’s friend) [both quotes from the Holman Christian Standard Bible].  The Word of God has a good bit to say about friendship and the benefits of friends in each other’s lives.  Have you been faithful to your friends?  Sometimes we neglect the reality that we are made to be in relationship and we withdraw unto ourselves.  Our friends, or at least those who thought they were our friends, are then left with an emptiness and sense of loss.  We, on the other hand, grow dull in our own life because we have lost the sharpening effect of our friend and their input to the shaping of our character.  Maybe its time to ask God to help us be better at being a friend, no?

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~ by brotherfaron on October 27, 2016.

2 Responses to “Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Twenty-seven”

  1. Verse 14 made me laugh out loud today, since this very morning I was awaken early by the loud “voice” of the phone ringing! God’s timing is always spot on!

    There are many verses giving us instruction today on how to relate to our friends. As I was reading these, I too, was reminded of how few friends I actually have. Other than the obvious companionship, we need people who will love us, come to our aid, stick closer than a brother, but we need those people who will sharpen us. Of course, we have to build that relationship, learn to trust them, but we also need to be in prayer that God will help us have an attitude that will accept correction from our friends. Those “grating words” that may be uncomfortable, if accepted, will sharpen us and ready us to minister to others, to be more like Christ.

    James exhorts us to not only look in the mirror, but to remember what we saw. It infers that there is some corrections or adjustments are to be made. When I looked in the mirror after that early morning phone call, my hair looked as if I had wrestled a bear all night. Had I just shrugged and walked away, people who saw me would wonder what was wrong. That mirror stood as a friend’s words to me. Make some adjustments to what you see, and you will be better for it!

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