Sunday, December 7, 2014

Proverbs 20 - Wine is a mocker

Proverbs 20 provides us with some classic wisdom which we can make use of every day. Let's take a look.

[Proverbs 20:1 KJV] Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink [is] raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Maybe you know this to be true from personal experience. I've found it to be true myself.

[Proverbs 20:2 KJV] The fear of a king [is] as the roaring of a lion: [whoso] provoketh him to anger sinneth [against] his own soul.

You know in life, there are some people you just don't want to mess with.

[Proverbs 20:3 KJV] [It is] an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

You don't need to be jamming your nose into other people's business all the time.

[Proverbs 20:4 KJV] The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; [therefore] shall he beg in harvest, and [have] nothing.

We sure have cold up here in Alaska, but you can't let that stop you from working.

[Proverbs 20:5 KJV] Counsel in the heart of man [is like] deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

These proverbs are going into you right now, but will you remember them tomorrow?

[Proverbs 20:6 KJV] Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

Ever notice that people rarely say their situation in life is their own fault?

[Proverbs 20:7 KJV] The just [man] walketh in his integrity: his children [are] blessed after him.

Being a just man or woman does not necessarily mean being without trouble. In fact, how you manage hard times may be a greater mark of your character than you think.

[Proverbs 20:8 KJV] A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

[Proverbs 20:9 KJV] Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

Romans 3:23 says all have sinned. Psalms 51:10 says "Create in me a clean heart." Why did the psalmist ask God to create a clean heart? Because man cannot do it himself. I can no more create a clean heart than I could surgically repair it myself. I need a heart surgeon. Jesus, be my surgeon, please!

[Proverbs 20:10 KJV] Divers weights, [and] divers measures, both of them [are] alike abomination to the LORD.

You ever gotten ripped off in a bad deal? You ever rip somebody else off in a bad deal?

[Proverbs 20:11 KJV] Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work [be] pure, and whether [it be] right.

[Proverbs 20:12 KJV] The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

[Proverbs 20:13 KJV] Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

Time to wake up!

[Proverbs 20:14 KJV] [It is] naught, [it is] naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

[Proverbs 20:15 KJV] There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge [are] a precious jewel.

[Proverbs 20:16 KJV] Take his garment that is surety [for] a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

[Proverbs 20:17 KJV] Bread of deceit [is] sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

How does the saying go? "You reap what you sow."

[Proverbs 20:18 KJV] [Every] purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

[Proverbs 20:19 KJV] He that goeth about [as] a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

Watch out for people trying to flatter you.

[Proverbs 20:20 KJV] Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

Maybe you grew up with only one parent. Even if you had good reason to curse that missing parent, don't do it.

[Proverbs 20:21 KJV] An inheritance [may be] gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Everybody wishes they'd come into money. Maybe a long lost relative and an inheritance, maybe by winning the lottery. Yet, the outcome of getting rich quick is often getting poor again just as quick.

[Proverbs 20:22 KJV] Say not thou, I will recompense evil; [but] wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

Oh this isn't an easy one. We would much prefer to to have our revenge. Leave that to Jesus.

[Proverbs 20:23 KJV] Divers weights [are] an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance [is] not good.

This isn't really as relevant in our day and age, but once my wife and I ordered a pizza,. When the pizza arrived, it was apparent that a slice was taken, and the other slices were spaced out to make it not as noticeable. You order a pizza, you expect a full pizza, not 7/8 of a pizza.

[Proverbs 20:24 KJV] Man's goings [are] of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

This is so true. How many people really do have a clue on their own lives? I know I don't.

[Proverbs 20:25 KJV] [It is] a snare to the man [who] devoureth [that which is] holy, and after vows to make enquiry.
I once knew a guy who said his guitar was stolen. A friend of mine spent days going with this guy to different pawn shops looking for the guitar. Years later, the guy confessed that the guitar wasn't stolen; he sold it to buy drugs.

[Proverbs 20:26 KJV] A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
Ain't no point in having laws if they aren't enforced.

[Proverbs 20:27 KJV] The spirit of man [is] the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
Seriously, do you think there is anything you can hide from God?

[Proverbs 20:28 KJV] Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
Mercy and truth preserve the king because God doesn't smack him dead in a moment.

[Proverbs 20:29 KJV] The glory of young men [is] their strength: and the beauty of old men [is] the gray head.
I got to admit on this one, I'd just as soon keep my hair not gray. And I'd like a full head of it at that.

[Proverbs 20:30 KJV] The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so [do] stripes the inward parts of the belly.
You get some big ol' bruise and it is hard to think of the dark spot as cleansing away evil. But it is! That dark spot is part of the healing process. And as for stripes and the inward parts of the belly, those stripes are like ones delivered as punishment, and they serve to change the heart. I remember getting spanked as a kid. Chances you do too, at least if you're old now. Spanking has gone out of fashion, and people wonder why young people are turning out wild. Is there any surprise?

So what we have in Proverbs 20 is like many of the other proverbs; a tremendous sampler of one-verse life coaching lessons. Maybe you found one or two in here that you can apply to your situation. I pray you have, as each and every one of these are given to us for doctrine, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.