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Weighing the End Results

April 4, 2012 • Category: Proverbs

Today’s scripture: Proverbs 12:1-9 (NRSV) (The Message) (KJV) What might God be saying to me?

My thoughts (Ben Lamb):

Most of today’s reading addresses two topics. Paraphrased, these might be called Positive Results vs. Negative Results. Since I like to condense material into a simplified chart whenever possible, I did so with a few of the verses:

Positive  Negative
Knowledge Stupid
Favor from Lord Condemned
Just (Honest and Reliable) Treacherous
Delivered from ambush Ambushed
Remain standing Overthrown
Commended Despised

It appears the score for tallying up this scenario would be: Positive- 6 points; Negative- 0 points. But why, darn it? Sometimes, doing the best possible thing can be so difficult:

  • V1: I don’t like to be disciplined. I may have to change my actions, even some minor actions, if they aren’t really in keeping with what God wants me to do.
  • V2: My Christian desire is to do good, but sometimes my frail human desires sort of overshadow the Christian ones. Hey, even Paul dealt with this matter (Romans 7:19).
  • V5: It appears I’ll need to work more on what I think inside my head. The thoughts may not all be sheer evil, but plenty of them fall outside the realm of being truly just.
  • V6: I certainly appreciate words from others which help keep me from various kinds of “ambush”, in the sense of keeping me from following an erring desire and its consequences.
  • V7: Well, it’s a no-brainer about this one. Of course, I want to remain [spiritually] intact. Still, though, it’s another no-brainer that being upright is something I’ll have to continue working on during my entire life.
  • V8: This seems generally non-controversial. Yet, sometimes I ask myself after the fact, “What in the world was I thinking back then?!”

Thought for the day: Looking to the future can be an impetus for convincing myself to do what I know I need to do in the first place.

We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading. If you need a place to get started, consider the suggestions on the How to Pray page.

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