One of the hardest things for me to do is deciding what’s
for dinner. It should be easy enough. Open the refrigerator and see what pops
out. I’ve even been known to make a meal schedule ahead of time for the week or
month so I can be prepared and avoid the big decision each day. It should be
simple enough–you cook and/or eat what you have. Sometimes there are too many
choices. Sometimes I just don’t want to decide. I’d rather the meal just cook
itself. I do dream of the day when I will have a full- time cook preparing our
Enough about food, but I do wonder what you’re hungry
for. Verse 14 says, “A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the
fool feeds on trash.” What is this saying to us? It’s not food at all.
It’s hungering for truth, for more wisdom, for learning something new each day.
It is a way of becoming better at what we do, what we know, and who we are.
There are so many resources available on almost any topic. You can be an expert
in pretty much anything you want these days.
God sees everything. Everywhere. Verse 15:3 says, “The
Lord is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.”Depending on how you are living your life, this proverb will either comfort
you or scare you to death. One thing is sure, we cannot hide from God.
God not only watches our comings and goings, but he knows what’s
inside our heart. Jeremiah 17:10 says, “I, the LORD, search the
heart, I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, according
to the results of his deeds.” There are other places in Scripture that
confirm this as well. Psalm 44:21 says, “Would not God find this out? For
He knows the secrets of the heart.” God is all knowing. Isn’t that amazing?!
There are so many good messages in today’s reading. We
should fear the Lord, be understanding, do good, be godly and with it comes
great benefit. But what about the poor? Is anybody looking out for them? I am
bombarded with requests from poor souls in developing countries to help them,
send food, send money, help them escape poverty. I wish I could help every
But in reality, I’d run out of money to support myself if I
were to take on the task of helping everyone who asks me. What I can offer is
prayer. I can pray for the mission organizations that we do support with
funding. They know the best ways to help the most people. Just throwing dollars
at those who beg will only be a short-term solution and not solve the bigger
problem. My mission dollars will go a long way in the right hands. Yet my heart
still cries out for those poor souls who are seeking my help.
Have you ever heard that skepticism is a virtue? Well, at least
Solomon thought it was something to point out. In verse 15, it says, “Only
simpletons believe everything they’re told! The prudent carefully consider
their steps.” Simpleton is this translation’s way of calling out the
simple-minded, those who don’t think a lot about what they are doing.
In the day and age we are living in, we are constantly
bombarded with messages. Whether it’s on social media, the news, or the gossip
at the coffee shop, there is an information overload exploding around us. How do
you decide what is “good” news and what is “fake” news? How do you discern?
Proverbs is a great book for life. There are so many nuggets
we could easily gloss over. Be sure to spend time really letting these truths
speak to your soul. I had to read this passage a couple of times to decide on
my focus for the day. Verse 9 says, “Fools make fun of guilt, but the
godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.”
Guilt. It’s a slippery slope. It means we’ve done something we feel bad about. For fools, it’s not big deal. For the godly, we recognize it and want to make the situation right. Our guilt will often keep us up at night and distract us from happiness. Rather than guilt, the King James Version says that “Fools make a mock of sin.” I suppose that’s at the root of guilt. Guilt is a by-product of our sinfulness. But not everyone feels that guilt or remorse, they simply brush it off as nothing.