Thursday, February 7, 2008

Some thoughts from Proverbs

I'm reading through Proverbs right now in my personal bible reading. I feel like I could just do that the rest of my life. It's so rich with wisdom I can hardly get through a chapter a day. I copied some thoughts from my personal journal I keep. I'd love to hear your comments. I sure don't have it all figured out.

February 7, 2008
Prov 16:1 - We can gather our thoughts, but the LORD gives the right answer.
  • I need to hear this. I recoil too much at the the cliché of “I'll pray about it” to the point where I don't pray about things enough.
Prov 16:4 - The LORD has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for punishment.
  • Help Lord! I just don't get it. Where does our free will as humans play into this?
Prov 16:21 - The wise are known for their understanding, and instruction is appreciated if it's well presented.
  • This is so right and illustrates the burden I have as a leader; to operate with wisdom and understanding as I train and correct young leaders.
Prov 16:31 - Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life.
  • Yea, my “crown” is coming in nicely!
Prov 16:33 - We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall.
  • I've heard it said that this scripture could possibly be some evidence that God condones gambling. I don't know if that's true or not. I do think, however, that Christians get way too hung up on specific issues. Gambling, drinking, watching “R” rated movies, whatever your particular issue . . . these seem to be personal choices that ought to be made with many different factors influencing us. To say “I don't gamble because I'm a Christian” is as mindless as “I always vote Republican because I'm a Christian”. God wants our brains engaged in our decisions. Why else would He have given us free will and the ability to think and reason?


shawna said...

that verse from proverbs sixteen has bugged me for months! i also took time to read through proverbs carefully during the month of november and that one dang verse just stuck in the back of my mind. i even asked sven about it, who is probably the most insightful person in all of sweden, and even he couldn't give a sufficient answer.

but here is my best effort at drawing sense from it..

at first, i read it like this:
the lord controls everything for his own good;
he even controls the wicked so he can judge them.

and i wanted to puke. then i read it like this (after looking up the verse in literally fifteen different translations):
the lord is always working toward his good outcome,
and even evil is always working, toward his evil outcome.

no clue if that's even remotely close, but it's all i got. let me know if you came up with something else.

Annette said...

Proverbs 16:4 - The New Century Version of the Everyday Bible -
The Lord makes everything go as He pleases. He has even prepared a day of disaster for evil people.
and The Contemporary English Version:
The Lord has a reason for everything He does, and He lets evil people live only to be punished.

I take it that He wants everything to please Him; however, the evil people just won't do His will, so they will be punished. So we still do have a free will; but the wrong choice will not give a good result.