This week we began to read from Proverbs, a book of wisdom. Some of the book, especially these early chapters, ties together big themes about wisdom such as it’s great value, and wisdom about sin like adultery. Wisdom, as such, is knowledge learned and applied – practical truth. It says, “This is how this truth will work in your life.” When it speaks of outcomes, they are not “promises” from God per se, but rather practical expectations, like, “Touch a hot stove and you will get burned.” As we go deeper into the book, the form that begins to dominate are sayings that contrast a good idea and a bad one. These nuggets of truth are of great, great value for our life as God’s own. They need to be chewed carefully, contemplated, and allowed to sink in deeply. I need to read Proverbs slowly, with my pencil in hand.
One that has caught my attention is Proverbs 6:10-11.
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.
Makes me wonder about my habit of a brief nap after lunch. Seriously, it is a strong warning against allowing weariness to persuade us to give up. And, it is a strong upward calling to a life of fruitful, hard work. Amen.
in Him, Mike