A Goal or an Idol {0.09}

One day, several weeks later, during breakfast Alyssa noticed something was wrong with her parents. She tried to ignore it, but finally she couldn’t bear it any longer.

“Um,” she hesitantly spoke up. “Is there something wrong? I mean, you guys aren’t acting normal.”

Her father looked at Mrs. Sunton. She quickly nodded and he asked the family to gather in the family room.

“Kids,” he said seriously “I never in my whole life imagined I would ever be saying this to you guys.”

Carson and John exchanged worried looks. They’d never seen their Dad look like this, not even when he’d lost his job!

“If we don’t pay our mortgage payment within a week we’re going to have to move out. We’ve been several weeks behind paying it for some time, even before I got laid off and the bank is getting impatient.”

Alyssa started, she’d never ever imagined this happening to her family!

“You mean our house is going to be foreclosed?” she said incredulously.

“Yes, I do.” Mr. Sunton looked at each one of them in turn. “If I don’t get a job very soon, or else God provides the money for us somehow, we’re going to be homeless.”

“There is another way…” Mrs. Sunton looked at Alyssa, but Alyssa jumped up angrily.

“Why are you looking at me! We’re not poor, homeless people! There must be something you can do to earn some money!”

“Talk about earning money!” John commented angrily and Alyssa had had enough. She ran up to her room and before long was sobbing on her bed.

 

A Polished Cornerstone #9

May 9th
In chapter 9 Wisdom (portrayed as a great lady) is calling to the simple and telling them that they can leave their simple ways and become wise. Another reminder that we have wisdom for the taking if we are in Christ. (James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”)
It says in verse 8, do not reprove a scoffer or he will hate you. Reprove a wise man and he will love you.    If I am reproved which way do I respond? Do I love my re-prover and thank them for showing me the truth, or do I reject the reproof and hate the re-prover.  Here is my wise dealings list:

  • Be a wise man (women) and love my re-prover and heed their reproof
  • Fear the Lord, it is the beginning of wisdom
  • If I am wise years will be added to my life
  • Folly leads to death

 

A Polished Corner Stone: Part 8

It’s the 8th of May and we had a terrible storm last night. It reminded me that God is just, and his wrath is something I never want to see.  So let’s take a look at Proverbs 8 and see what we find that will help us glorify God more.

First of all, we don’t have to earn the right to be wise. It’s free for the taking! It’s wonderful to know that I have access to wisdom any time as long as I ask for it.
Verse one “Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice?”
Verse 5 “O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense.”

Wisdom is asking us to let her teach us, we don’t have to beg her! OK, here is my Wise Dealings list for today from chapter 8:

  • The simple [innocent, not foolish, but not wise either] need to learn prudence
  • Wisdom is noble
  • Wisdom is always truthful
  • Wisdom is better than jewels
  • Wisdom, prudence, knowledge, and discretion all go together
  • If I fear the Lord, I will hate evil
  • Those who rule justly rule by wisdom
  • Those who keep wisdom’s way will be blessed
  • Wisdom means life and favor from the Lord
  • Those who hate wisdom love death

I think I want wisdom. I’m going to ask God to help me become wise!

 

A Polished Cornerstone #8

Chapter 8 is a very practical chapter. It’s about the blessings of wisdom. Solomon is describing a scene to us in this chapter. It’s about wisdom, who is portrayed as a women. She is calling to everyone on earth. She tells them that she will not lie, and that she will help the simple to become wise. She also tells them that wisdom is better than jewels and gold. She goes on like this for the rest of the chapter. Here’s my wise dealings list

  • Wisdom speaks noble things
  • The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil
  • Those who are wise will be blessed
  • All who hate wisdom love death

That’s only a few of the many truths in there! I love the poetic language of the Proverbs. You could just say, “the foolish will die.”  But instead, Proverbs says, “All who hate wisdom love death.” It’s so cool!

 

A Polished Cornerstone #7

Chapter 7

  • Remember your father’s words
  • Call wisdom your friend, always have it near you
  • Do not go near an adulteress, this is addressed to his son though, so for me is would be,
  • Do not be an adulteress
  • Do not be deceived by the world and wicked people in it
  • Be attentive to what your parents say!

This chapter is dealing with wicked people in the world who will try to deceive and seduce you. Solomon is warning his son to be wise and not to be enticed by these wicked people because their way leads to death. He is also telling his son to be pure.
Today I’m going to try to remember especially that I should want wisdom to be my friend, in other words, I should want to have wisdom.

 

A Polished Cornerstone #6

Here’s the latest entry
Here’s chapter 6, and it’s May 6th! This chapter starts out with Solomon telling his son not to pledge something to his neighbor, which means, lending him money, or giving him some other provision with a promise that he will repay you. Why? Because you will most likely get caught, maybe he points something out in the contract that you hadn’t seen that said you needed to do some thing you couldn’t do. But he says that if it does happen you must go to your neighbor and plead with him to let you out of it. He even says not to go to sleep till you have because this is a dangerous situation.  Then he quotes a proverb that is so useful: “GO to the ant O sluggard, consider he ways and be wise.” Then he goes on to give a description of the ant, here’s a short list.

  • She prepares everything for winter in the summer, without anyone telling her to!
  • The colonies have no leader, and yet they all work together and get along just fine!
  • An ant can carry up to fifty times its own weight! They can also carry it for long distances, and even climb trees with it! This could be compared with a human picking up a small car and carrying it several miles, and then, while still carrying the car, walking up a tall mountain!

Are we that diligent? No! (At least, I’m not) It takes me till December 20 to get all my Christmas shopping done, definitely not “preparing for winter in the summer”! That is a great reminder to be more diligent, but Solomon then gives an even greater incentive to get out of bed and get going. He says “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.” How scary is that!
Then Solomon lists six things that are an abomination to God

  • Haughty eyes (Being proud, thinking you’re better than someone else)
  • A lying tongue (Have you ever lied?)
  • Hands that shed innocent blood (Murder)
  • Heart that devises wicked plans  (It’s easy to start planning revenge on that brother who scared you out of your wits last night)
  • Feet that make haste to run to evil (Do we ever want to be around evil people or things?)
  • A false witness that lies and sows discord (lack of harmony between people)

These are all physical things! I’ve made bold the body parts so it’s easy to see them. Wow, that’s a lot of things that sound awfully familiar, like maybe I’ve done some of them before! Today I’m going to make sure that I don’t have haughty eyes.

Polished Cornerstone part 5

I haven’t posted one of these for a while!

Chapter 5, this is going quickly!
In this chapter Solomon is warning his son not to be friends with, spend time with, or love a wicked woman.  Why? because her path leads to death! Here’s my wise dealings list

  • Listen to your dad’s wisdom and instruction (Mom has good things to say too)
  • Guard knowledge
  • Don’t trust a wicked women, even though she will seem to be nice, her way leads to death
  • Listen to wise teachers (parents, pastor, other godly people)They will direct you in the right way
  • Ponder your path: (watch where you’re going) God can see everything you do and think!
  • Don’t lack discipline, those who do are wicked!

Listen to my parents wisdom! That is imperative! That is the instruction I’m going to remember today!

 

Polished Cornerstone: part 4

Chapter 4 today, I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in this chapter, I’m going it read it now.Wow, there is a lot of instructions in these chapters! I’m going to make a list of the “Do this” instructions, and the “Don’t do this” instructions.

Do This

❁ Hear your father’s instruction, Hold fast to his words (remember them),Keep his commandments: this is pretty much the same thing said three different ways

❁ Get wisdom and insight

❁ Love her (wisdom), prize her highly

❁ Keep hold of instruction

❁ Avoid the path of the wicked

❁ Listen, be attentive, and keep hold of my words

❁ Keep your heart with all diligence

❁ Put away from your crooked speech (dishonest, not straight-forward, not forthright)

❁ Ponder where the path of your feet (where you are going)

Here’s the “Do not Do” list

❁ Don’t forsake you father’s teaching

❁ Don’t forsake wisdom

❁ Do not enter the path of the wicked

❁ Don’t let go of instruction

❁ Do not let go of your father’s words

❁ Do not swerve to the right or the left (stay on the right path)

Wow, these lists are very parallel! They are almost the same thing!The command I’m going to take with me today is, “Put away from you crooked speech”I really need to work on that one!

Polished Cornerstone part 3

Day three, I like this study! I tried to remember to treasure up what my parents told me yesterday and it did come to mind many times!

OK, here’s what I think Proverbs three is about. Wow, chapter three is long!

Solomon is telling his son many things to do and not to do, here are some of them, maybe I’ll merge this list with my Wise Dealings list today,

  • Do not forget your parents teaching (of course only follow it if it’s righteous teaching)
  • Keep steadfast love and faithfulness, and you will have favor with God & man
  • I like this verse so much I’m just going to copy it here for you.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,

and do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make straight your paths.

(Proverbs 3:5‑6 ESV)

  • Do not be wise in your own eyes, I have lots of trouble with that one!
  • Fear the Lord, turn away from evil
  • Honor the Lord with your wealth, then He will bless you
  • Keep sound (right) wisdom and discretion (good sense)
  • Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due! That’s a good one!
  • Do not plan evil against your neighbor
  • Do not contend with a man for no reason
  • Be wise, they will inherit honor

Wow! That was quite the list! I could have found more too, lots more! But, I need to go soon so I’ll end my journaling for today.

The instruction I’m going to take with me today is, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due.”

A Polished Cornerstone #2

Here is the second journal entry of my fictional friend

“Today is Wednesday, I am still waking up, ‘cause it’s only 6:30! But here’s my notes on chapter two.

I think the first part of this chapter is telling me to find wisdom, seek it, hold it once I’ve found it, and never let it go.

Then the second part of this chapter is about what will happen to you if you do follow the instructions in the first part of the chapter. You will understand the fear of the Lord and many other blessings.

Here is my list of “Wise Dealings” as I’m going to call my corner pillar list from now on.

❁ Make my ear attentive to wisdom

❁ Treasure up what my parents tell me

❁ Call out for insight

❁ Seek wisdom and understanding

❁ Be upright, then I will inhabit the land (or earth) instead of being rooted out like the wicked, or treacherous.

This is the one I’m going to try to especially remember today: Treasure up what my parents tell me, they have lots more wisdom than me!”

A Journey Through Proverbs

At different intervals, maybe once a day 🙂  I’m going to post an excerpt from what I’m writing right now, the journey of a fictional girl through Proverbs, in a search for instruction that she can use to help make her a better “Corner Pillar”

May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace; (Psalm 144:12 ESV)

Here’s her first journal entry

A Pillar Fit For a Palace

The Journey of a Young Lady Through Proverbs

May 1

Today I read Psalm 144:12. It says “May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace.” I asked Mom what it meant and she told me that cornerstones (in a different version it says “cornerstones”) are the pieces in a building that make it all work together, they must fit perfectly and if they do they will help build a better building. So, she told me to read through Proverbs this month and write down what I thought of the chapter and list the things that would help me be a better “cornerstone”. Here’s chapter one:

I think, in verses 1-6 Solomon is telling us what Proverbs is meant to do, kind of like a subtitle to the real title “Proverbs”;

To know wisdom and instruction, to receive instruction in wise dealings, to give prudence to the simple, to let the wise hear and increase in learning, and to understand a proverb and a saying. Hmm, pretty cool, so it could look like this:

Proverbs

A series of proverbs and sayings to help you know wisdom and instruction,receive instruction on how to deal wisely, to give prudence to you if you are simple,to help you increase in                                                           learning if you are already wise, and to help you understand riddles, proverbs, sayings, and words of the wise.

I’m running out of space for the first day so here’s the list of things to I need to do or learn because they will help me be a better corner pillar.
❁ Fear the Lord

❁ Listen to my parents instruction

❁ Do not listen to sinners, even if they sound like what they’re doing is OK

❁ Listen to wisdom and I will dwell secure

❁ Do not scoff her (wisdom), love her and seek her.

That’s all for today journal, tomorrow I’ll read Proverbs 2!

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