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Today we “just” have two Proverbs to read and this will end our readings in this book. BUT BOY ARE THESE PROVERBS PACKED with such wisdom!! First PRAY before you read and ask the LORD to show you what HE wants you to know. Then, PLEASE… read them slowly, allow the LORD to highlight the Words off the page for you in whatever area HE may be speaking to you in. HE may highlight ONE special verse for you….read it out loud, use the audio portion on http://www.biblegateway.com and SOAK it in. If ONE verse is highlighted for you search for the meanings of the original Words through http://www.blueletterbible.org ….. Ask the LORD to be OBVIOUS and PERSONAL then GRAB on to ALL the LORD has for you in these last two Proverbs.
Proverbs 30:4 — was the first scripture that caught my eye:
“4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
Whose hands have gathered up the wind?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is the name of his son?
Surely you know!”
Two things I wanted to point out to you in this verse. The first thing is that this is a foreshadow of JESUS!!! “WHAT is HIS name, and what is the name of HIS SON?” WOW!!! So KEWL!! The second thing is that if you have been with us since the beginning of the reading you may remember our reading of Job. God is infinite and aspects of his nature will always remain a mystery on this side of heaven. Job 38-41 asks God these same questions and more. And of course, you remember how God responded…HE never answered any of Job’s questions…HE simply reminded Job of all of HIS character traits…HIS nature!!
Verses 5-6 state: “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar”.
These are words from the Lord that were quoted as early as Deuteronomy 4:2 (possibly stated even before that!!) “Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.” It is also said in Deuteronomy 12:13, IN THIS PROVERB, and it is one of the LAST things God says in Revelation 22:18 — “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.” WHOA BABY… if you’ve ever heard that if God says something three times (and I found 4)….PAY ATTENTION…. Don’t just memorize it…LIVE IT.
Verses 7-9 also caught my eye: ” 7 “Two things I ask of you, Lord;
do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.
Sounds like two great things to ask for in our lives!! Did you notice the end of verse 8 “BUT GIVE ME ONLY MY DAILY BREAD.” ??? Sound familiar??? Ummmmm…maybe “The Lord’s Prayer”??
Another note before leaving this Proverb is that whenever you see the author tell us “there are three things, maybe four…” what it really stands for is a poetic way of saying the list is incomplete and could go on and on. I also LOVE the way The Lord gives us examples of nature and animals to guide us in how we live. I LOVE animals and nature and learn so much from each about God. I know many people find nature and science contradictory of God’s Word. Yet if we really dig deep….we see God IS in control… HE created it all. God is limitless and when we try to put him in a box…and/or feel we ourselves are limited in our lives by money, education, career choice, race, sex, body size, hair color, etc….we are putting God in a box concerning HIS character and concerning what HE has planned for us. GOD IS LIMITLESS!!!
A dear friend shared with me something called the “X” structure today. This is SUCH a powerful example of how science and God REALLY are ONE. GOD IS BIG… HE IS LIMITLESS!! Psalm 116:2 (NLT) says: Because HE BENDS DOWN to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” Did you grab that… He BENDS DOWN to listen to us!!! HE IS GIANORMOUS!!! Stay with me just another moment on this topic… The MOST powerful thing we have to be able to see beyond earth and the stars is the Hubble Telescope. Here is a link so you can see the “X” structure at the core of the Whirlpool galaxy that the Hubble Telescope picked up!! http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/pr1992017a/
I MEAN is this NOT a mind blower or WHAT!!!??? It is like the DNA Laminin cell I shared earlier this year that is the glue that holds our body together….. it is shaped like a CROSS!!! If you are just joining us….take a look at this one too: https://www.google.com/search?q=dna+laminin&client=safari&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=JVbfUYj7COaiywGIlIHwAw&ved=0CDMQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=644#biv=i%7C0%3Bd%7C7iJ5x6-Fg5S69M%3A
If that doesn’t blow your mind do a google search on either DNA laminin or Louie Giglio and listen to his sermon <<<smile>>>.
Proverbs 31 — Almost 25 years ago one of the ministers (the minister who led me to the Lord 9 years prior to my marriage) read this at my wedding ceremony about the growth he had seen in me over the previous 9 years. To be honest….it was both a complement and a lot of PRESSURE, because I thought it literally MEANT I was supposed to BE ALL THAT woman was, ALL of THAT woman. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to be her, but many of those areas simply are not/were not areas in which I am gifted (and it wasn’t that I didn’t try!) However, last year my eyes were opened and continue to be opened more EACH time I read this Scripture.
The first thing I noticed last year was that this Proverb begins as “The sayings of King Lemuel — an oracle his mother taught him…” I NEVER noticed before then, that THIS is advice from a mother to her son!! She first gives him good advice on being a good, respected king (good for any leader!) The she gives him advice on selecting a wife. I am sure she had set a good example for him as well. However, something new the Lord showed me this year was that the woman described in this chapter has outstanding abilities BUT it may not have been describing just ONE woman… she may have been a composite word picture of qualities to look for in a wife (and of things for a woman to strive to become.) Rather than seeing her as a “model woman” to imitate every detail; see her as in inspiration to be the best YOU that God made YOU to be. When God showed me that “tidbit” it was most liberating for me. So to all the women reading this…. look at her characteristics….she is more valuable than rubies (she is precious) and her husband has full confidence in her. She lacks nothing of value, brings her husband good and not harm all the days of her life. She is a good business woman, is not lazy, knows where and how to get the best for her family, is wise in land purchases, uses her words wisely, provides food for her family, buys things out of her earnings, helps the poor and needy, dresses her family well, and decorates her home with taste, has a good sense of humor, speaks with wisdom, is faithful, watches over the affairs of her home, is honorable, is loved by her husband and family, and does things to help her husband be respected among the community. OK…. DON’T panic!!! Just read over her characteristics….which ones are you good at? What has The Lord called you to do using one or more of these characteristics? If you are married, it is important that we do things to help our husbands succeed and be respected. Also did you notice that she clothed herself in strength and dignity? We are also told that charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting BUT a woman who fears The Lord is to be praised. To repeat an old cliche … beauty is in the eye of the beholder and beauty does not mean every woman is supposed to look like a Barbie doll!! So the message for women? Don’t try to be EVERYthing…find out what The Lord has called you to and do it all with excellence. Now, God may be placing an area on your heart to add to your strengths…for me…I am re-learning how to make healthy, fresh food, healthy fats, healthy sugars, little dairy, little gluten…it is a challenge for me but I know it blesses my husband …. so I am re-learning and continually praying for easy ideas. As I said in the beginning….this is all PERSONAL so PRAY for God to show you what HE wants you to learn from today’s reading (and actually every reading every day…there is always something wonderful each day).
Now if you are a man reading this….. possibly praying for a wife…. I challenge you to look at these characteristics in choosing and praying for the wife God has for you. If you are married I encourage you to encourage your wife in her strengths given by The Lord. If you are a single man… look at what God says are the important things…are you looking for a godly woman, a woman you can trust with your life….your money….your children…what is her heart….does she have a heart for God? Again….this came from a King’s MOTHER to help him choose the best wife for him…to help him in all he did and all they would have together. Are you looking for these characteristics if you are single? And if you are married, are you encouraging your wife in her God given strengths to be the best woman God desires for her to be?
So, we’ve covered a lot of territory today, right? What has The Lord shown you? What has he put on your heart?
Sharing HIS love,