1 Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.
Who controls the future? Not men, but God. Those who understand this will not boast in their plans for tomorrow; rather, they will trust in the One who is already there. Likewise, Jesus tells his disciples not to be anxious about the future, but to wholeheartedly pursue his Father’s Kingdom and character (Matthew 6:28-34). Continue reading “Episode 149: Trusting God and Godly Friends”
20 Without wood a fire goes out;
without a gossip a quarrel dies down.
21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,
so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.
The gossiper spreads rumors that fuel hostility between people. In contrast, the peacemaker uses words to heal and restore relationships. If Jesus calls peacemakers “the children of God,” then the converse must be true about those who stir up conflict. Continue reading “Episode 148: Deceitful and Destructive Words”
13 A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road,
a fierce lion roaming the streets!”
As in 22:13, Solomon says that lazy people conjure up the most outlandish excuses for avoiding work. Or, they may entertain unreasonable fears that prevent them leaving the house. Either way, they don’t contribute to their own livelihood or to the welfare of their community. Continue reading “Episode 147: How to Spot a Sluggard”
7 Like the useless legs of one who is lame
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
If a fool accidentally says something insightful, it’s worthless because he lacks the capacity for self-examination and correction. For him, the truth is as useless as a lame man’s legs. Continue reading “Episode 146: The Frustrations of Foolishness”
1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
honor is not fitting for a fool.
It’s disconcerting when a fool receives the respect that should be reserved for those whose character and sacrifice merit it. And yet, fools earn fame and fortune by appealing to the public’s folly. God’s people should not join that admiring throng. Continue reading “Episode 145: Misplaced Honor, Undeserved Curses, and Wise Responses”