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Words to the Wise

I have been blessed this passed month or so to be able to spend a good deal of time in the book of Proverbs. It has truly been a joy to observe just how much our creator God is interested in the daily workings of our lives. I have found the truths of Proverbs to be tiny little gifts of wisdom for each day of my life. When I meditate on the truth that they are words and advice from God himself, my heart is overwhelmed at how interested he is in how I live my life. They so overwhelm my life that I can’t wait to share them with others...they are like lost treasures that were right here in the open the whole time. Let me just share with you two simple bits of wisdom. Keep this in mind, even if they are simple and something you may all ready practice in your life, they are still gifts of God and pathways to his blessings. If they are known to you all ready, then take time to worship our Lord that he has revealed these to you by his Spirit. Your life is all ready being blessed.

Proverbs 21:20, “Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.” There is much to think about in this little treasure of wisdom. I found myself, over the past few weeks, spending money from a shrinking savings account. My wife and I have been pretty careful of our spending over the past year or so as we were looking at several large outlays of money. As those came off the books, with no other major outlays planned, I have found myself purchasing a number of small items that have begun to add up and my wife and I have purchased a few larger items that we desired but did not truly need. This verse was a good reminder of how important it is to continue to be disciplined in our savings. I want to live as a wise person man and not as a foolish man who devours any perceived excess that he has. It takes so much longer to save than it does to spend.

Proverbs 22:9, “Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.” This proverb made me stop and meditate on it. What does it mean to have a bountiful eye? At first I thought it was speaking of someone who has the ability to make money. Did you ever meet someone like that? They just seem to have the ability to know what people will want and how much they will be willing to pay. They always seem to be able to make a dollar. I don’t think that is what Solomon means when he refers to a bountiful eye. Solomon is encouraging us to see the abundance that God has given to us. To have enough bread to eat for that day and to still have leftovers. If we see that as a bounty from God we will have the spirit of being blessed. We will find joy in the truth that while we may not have as much as some, while we may not enough for the week, we have more than enough for today and that is a bounty from God. Since it is a bounty from God, then that can be shared with others who are not as blessed. It is crazy to think of just how much of a bounty that God has given to us. I have a refrigerator full of food, a pantry full of food, and a freezer (and a freezer in the basement) full of food. I have way more than I can eat in one day, I have wisely put some aside for tomorrow, and I still have enough that I can give to others. I am a blessed man.

A wise man will have treasure laid aside for emergencies, he will have extra daily provisions because he lives a disciplined life, he will see the bounty provided by God and will know he is blessed, and he will then give of that to those in need. Live like a wise man today.

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