A few months ago, Crista and I started trying to read the book of Proverbs each month. The godly wisdom that Solomon gave many years ago, is still applicable today. Why? Because it was inspired by God. I would like to share my thoughts on a few of the Proverbs that stand out to me.
PROVERBS 20:29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.
- I would like to focus on the first part of that verse. Throughout time, God has used many young people for His kingdom. Could it be that He loves the tender heart, strength and passion that a young person possess? When that tender heart, strength and passion is channeled for the Kingdom of God, great things are bound to happen. Satan has robbed many young people , by telling them that they are too young or not experienced enough to do something for the Lord. Satan recognizes the potential a young person has that is totally surrendered to Christ. Satan was there, when young David killed Goliath. He was there, when the angel visited a teenager by the name of Mary. He was there, when young Josiah was made king and began to remove paganism from Judah. I believe there are still David’s, Mary’s, and Josiah’s, who will not allow Satan to steal their youth, but will give it to God to use as He pleases.
PROVERBS 4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
- The Bride of Christ lives an intentional life. Often people will arrive at a destination in their lives and wonder how did they arrive at such a mess. It is the path that was taken. Every path that we take has a final destination. If we are not happy with the destination, then we need to observe the path that we are on.
PROVERBS 27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
- Often you will hear of a celebrity, who has a beautiful wife and he will be caught with a prostitute or you will hear of a woman who has a wealthy husband and she is caught with a guy that can not hold a job. Satan paints a mirage that the grass is greener on the other side. Solomon had it all. He had money, power and women and he came to the realization that a man is never content. The alcoholic says I just need one more drink. The druggie says I just need one more hit. The man who is addicted to porn says I just what to see one more woman. God created a thirst in each of us and only He can fully satisfy our lives.
PROVERBS 14:4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
- Barns are a mess. If you were a dairy farmer and you wanted a clean barn, you would need to get rid of the dairy cows. There is only one problem no cows equals no milk. A local church is not the finished product per se. It is the crib. You will find messes at churches. But you will also find the strength of God in a Holy Ghost filled church. Often where you find the strength of God, you will also find the weakness of man.
PROVERBS 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
- We have a tendency to always believe that we are correct. We often will use the cliche, “I could be wrong…” But, the first time someone tells us that we are wrong, we become very defensive. We are unable to give a true unbias assessment of our life and that is why we need the word and the spirit of God. The Holy Ghost in us, is able to peel back the layers of our life and arrive at the spirit or the root of what motivates us.
Bro. Michael Tidwell