Today, I wanted to get out of my routine study. I finally left Genesis, and entered into Exodus. However, sensing that I needed something upon which to mentally chew, I decided the book of Proverbs was in order! Seems fitting, as I had purposed to do a chapter a day...A few months ago!
Today being the seventeenth of the month, I decided to...you guessed it...Read the seventeenth chapter. Oh my, were there some things upon which to think! Let us take a gander...
"Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife."
...Ahem. Seems like the Lord was pulling no punches; just getting down to business. "Yes, Lord, I admit, today, and what seems like too frequently, I create an abode wherein Dear would prefer a dry morsel. Forgive me, Father."
"He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends."
Oh, yes. I have been all too guilty of repeating a matter, rather than leaving things be. Surely, there are times when matters need addressed; but, not to every mailbox! "Again, Lord, Thou art right and I am wrong. Father, may I have a discerning, charitable heart; not one given to gossip. Forgive Thou me."
"A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool."
"Heavenly Father, please grant unto me a heart that is given over to wisdom, rather than foolishness."
"He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD."
"Father, truly Your ways are right. Lord, may I never, never, never, never, never, never, NEVER, be found guilty of this sin! May my heart and mind be toward the just and the wicked, as You would have it to be."
"A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."
How true, (as if there were ever a question!), this verse is. I have found out a depth to this verse throughout this past year. How precious, indeed, are those friends that stayed beside me (and Dear), through one of our roughest journeys so far. The Lord revealed to me whom He desired for me to hold close to my heart. He also showed me with whom it was time to have my heart release. "Precious Saviour, thank You for teaching me some very difficult lessons. Thank You for being with me every step of the way. Thank You for refining my "friends list," and adding new ones to my life. Thank You for teaching me how to be a truer friend/sister/wife/daughter...Thank You."
"He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding."
Proverbs 17:28, 29
Oh, my. Again, the Lord gets right to my heart. How many times have I "opened mouth, insert foot?" How many times have I became a fool??? "Yea, Lord, again I must confess Thy righteousness and my foolishness. Father, control my heart, my mind, my mouth. May I be becoming as a daughter of the One, the True, the Living God!"
I am so thankful that the Scriptures are alive! I am so thankful for today's spiritual food. Indeed, much upon which to meditate.