March Madness Proverbs Day 18

March 18, 2007

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Continue as you read with me through the book of Proverbs for March Madness! Today’s chapter is chapter 18! Read it, then come back for some commentary!

From the Life Application Bible:

Verse 8: It is as hard to refuse to listen to gossip as it is to turn down a delicious dessert. Taking just one morsel of either one creates a tates for more. You can resist rumors the same way a determined dieter resists candy – never even open the box. If you don’t nibble on the first bite of gossip, you can’t take the second and the third.

Verse 11: In imagining that their wealth is their strongest defense, rich people are sadly mistaken. Money cannot provide safety – there are too many ways for it to lose its power. The government may cease to back it; thieves may steal it; inflation may rob it of all value. But God never loses his power. He is always dependable. Where do you look for security and safety – uncertain wealth or God who is always faithful?

Verse 13, 15, 17: In these concise statements, there are three basic principles for making sound decisions: (1) Get the facts before answering; (2) be open to new ideas; (3) make sure you hear both sides of a story before judging. All three principles center around seeking additinoal information. This is difficult work, but the only alternative is prejudice – judging before getting the facts.

Verse 22: This verse states that it is good to be married. Today’s emphasis on individual freedom is misguided. Strong individuals are important, but so are strong marriages. God created marriage for our enjoyment, and he pronounced it good. This is one of many passages in the Bible that show marriage as a joyful and good creation of God (Genesis 2:21-25; Proverbs 5:15-19; John 2:1-11).

Verse 23: This verse does not condone insulting the poor; it is simply recording an unfortunate fact of life. It is wrong for rich people to treat the less fortunate with contempt and arrogance, and God will judge such actions severely (see 14:31).

Verse 24: Loneliness is everywhere – many people feel cut off and alienated from others. Being in a crowd just makes people more aware of their isolation. We all need friends who will stick close, listen, care, and offer help when it is needed – in good times and bad. It is better to have one such friend than dozens of superficial acquaintances. Instead of wishing you could find a true friend, seek to become one. There are people who need your friendship. Ask God to reveal them to you, and then take on the challenge of being a true friend.

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