Today I would love a rainy day with no plans so I could just
curl up with a good book and spend the day watching Netflix. Does that mean I
want a “lazy” day? Absolutely. But I certainly wouldn’t want to do it every day.
I have a lot of drive and ambition cursing through my veins which makes it hard
to just sit still for very long. I’m sure if I had the “perfect” lazy day, I
would soon be up doing something useful.
Today’s verse is “The lazy person claims, ‘There’s a
lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!’” I had to write
about this one because it just made me giggle. I’m not sure only a lazy person
would fear a lion in the yard, but what might someone with motivation for
success (opposite of a lazy bum) have said? Something like – “There’s a lion out
there, where’s my gun” or “How do I divert the lion’s attention so I can go where
I want to go?” The lazy person is trapped. The motivated person has options.
Have you ever been wronged by someone? I think all of us
have at some point in life. It never feels good to be hurt by a friend or even
a stranger. What happens next will define us. Do we rush to get even? Or, do we
only dream of sweet revenge? How do you react when you are the target of slander
For me, I always want to set the record straight. I’m so afraid of what people think of me. Yet Solomon’s wise counsel is this, “Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the Lord to handle the matter.” Are you kidding me? How can I do that? We might think we look weak if we don’t fight back. But on the contrary, we are much stronger when we are able to bite our tongue and just take the lashing, trust that God has our backs.
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?
There are so many great truths and promises in today’s
reading. I would love to talk about working hard, or telling the truth, or how
the way of the godly leads to life. Instead, we’ll reflect on something we all
do or have done. Worry.
Why do we sometimes consume ourselves with worry? Do we
think that the outcome will change if only we worry more? On the contrary, I believe
we are more apt to change things if we trust more. When we can let God handle
it, it’s in much better hands. Don’t you agree?
When I think of Proverbs, I always think of Chapter 3,
verses 5 and 6. I have clung to this truth many times in my life. “Trust
in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek
his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
Brilliant. It’s a verse I should plaster all over the house, including my
morning affirmations. My other life verse, Philippians 4:13, “I can do
all things through Christ who strengthens me” is equally powerful to
Do you have your own favorite Bible passages that have given
you support, hope, encouragement, solace over the years?