Happy September everyone! There are so many fad diets out there these days claiming that you’ll lose an obscene amount of weight in a small amount of time . There are fix-a-marriage programs that guarantee results in 30 days or less, (yeah, so it took you 30 years to mess up your marriage but hey! why wouldn’t it be a 30 day fix?) I’ve even heard something about some new speedo diet, sounds insane right? (@BryanRosenbager)
What if I were to tell you that in one month you could be transformed into a super christian? That’s right! As the late great Billy Mays would say, “But wait there’s more!” Not only will you become a super Christian but you’ll have a better marriage, and better better relationships all around. How you say? Okay, I’m done with the schtick, here’s the real blog.
The beginning of this month is a great time to start a new habit. We’ve established this week “Invite Someone To Church Week” and Sept. 12th is “Back To Church Sunday” so why not kick it up a notch and determine to read a proverb a day? There are thirty days in September. Each day read the corresponding chapter of Proverbs. Ladies you get a little freebie. Every day I want you to read your chapter of the day PLUS chapter 31. You’ll understand why when you read it. It’s going to be a great month and I can’t wait to devote it to the LORD.
I’m even going to make it easier on all of you. Every day I am going to post the day’s Proverb along with my blog post, starting today with Proverb 1.
1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 for attaining wisdom and discipline;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young-
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance-
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools [a] despise wisdom and discipline.
Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom
Warning Against Enticement
8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
9 They will be a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you,
do not give in to them.
11 If they say, “Come along with us;
let’s lie in wait for someone’s blood,
let’s waylay some harmless soul;
12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, [b]
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 we will get all sorts of valuable things
and fill our houses with plunder;
14 throw in your lot with us,
and we will share a common purse”-
15 my son, do not go along with them,
do not set foot on their paths;
16 for their feet rush into sin,
they are swift to shed blood.
17 How useless to spread a net
in full view of all the birds!
18 These men lie in wait for their own blood;
they waylay only themselves!
19 Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain;
it takes away the lives of those who get it.
Warning Against Rejecting Wisdom
20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street,
she raises her voice in the public squares;
21 at the head of the noisy streets [c] she cries out,
in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:
22 “How long will you simple ones [d] love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
23 If you had responded to my rebuke,
I would have poured out my heart to you
and made my thoughts known to you.
24 But since you rejected me when I called
and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,
25 since you ignored all my advice
and would not accept my rebuke,
26 I in turn will laugh at your disaster;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you-
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find me.
29 Since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the LORD,
30 since they would not accept my advice
and spurned my rebuke,
31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.”