Suggested Reading: Proverbs 24
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Key Verses: Proverbs 24:3-4
Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.
The repetition of the word “lips” stands out in today’s reading. We may have heard the saying, “Loose lips sink ships.” The message is clear. Our words can make trouble (24:2), can deceive (24:28), or can provide a right answer (24:26). The word “evil” is also repeated several times. Firstly, there is a warning against making people who do evil our heroes (24:1). Our children need to be on guard against making people whose lives are a mess, such as some movie stars or some rock stars, their heroes. There are some great and godly people who work in making movies, music, or other areas of life, that we can present to the next generations. Secondly, “Do not fret because of evildoers” (24:19a)! Why not worry about it? Because, “The lamp of the wicked will be put out” (24:20b). When we pray fervently for others, we gain a long-term view of life and, as our key verses tell us, we build our household wisely and fill all the rooms with good things!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray for wisdom along with the determination to fill my house with understanding and knowledge, so that I will surround my life and the lives of my family and friends who visit me with precious and pleasant riches. Riches of love, joy, peace, truth and all the characteristics of Jesus, in Whose Name I ask these blessings, Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I must confess that this morning when I awoke and looked at the digital clock, which projects the time onto the ceiling, I rolled over and went back to sleep. I awoke 30 minutes later to discover it was 4:15 a.m. I jumped out of bed to do my reading, prayers, and write this blog. Then as I came to the end of Proverbs 24, I read, “A little sleep, a little slumber…” I enjoy and thrive on the discipline to which God has called me, and the older I get (77), I like change less and less (24:21b). Nevertheless, I am determined that I will “fret not!” I believe I will finish this blog by the 6 a.m. posting time.
Tomorrow morning, God willing, Norma-Jean and I will be in Nashville, Tennessee, where 4 a.m. Toronto time is 3 a.m. Nashville time. I’m not going to fret about that, and I believe God will help me finish the blog on time. I’m looking forward to spending tomorrow with Sam and Peggy Moore. Sam is the visionary that launched the great New King James translation of the Bible, which I read constantly. Dr. R. K. Harrison, who served as professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Wycliffe College of the University of Toronto for many years, was a primary translator for Sam’s great project (I believe it was 1993 when he went to Heaven). Here is an interview I did with this outstanding man of God and true scholar (click here).
Yours for building our households with wisdom and filling the rooms with precious and pleasant knowledge,
P.S. I become a little lonely for our old studio building at 100 Huntley Street, Toronto, where the interview with Professor Harrison took place. Truly this was a building where the rooms were “filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” Below is a picture of the front of that special building.