Sunday, July 17, 2016

Key points:
A.          God is in charge of/has control over everything
-               vv.  1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 33
B.           Some things help us do well by adapting ourselves to God’s plans
-               vv. 3, 6, 15, 17 & 20, 32 
C.           Some things cause us problems by distracting/separating us from God’s plans.
-        vv.  5, 14, 18, 28, 29, 30
Plans are made in human hearts, but from the Lord comes the tongue’s response.
All one’s ways are pure in one’s own eyes,
but the measurer of motives is the Lord.
Entrust your works to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.
The Lord has made everything for a purpose, even the wicked for the evil day.
Every proud heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured that none will go unpunished.
By steadfast loyalty guilt is expiated,
and by the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.
When the Lord is pleased with someone’s ways, he makes even enemies be at peace with them.
Better a little with justice,
 than a large income with injustice.
The human heart plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.
10 An oracle is upon the king’s lips, no judgment of his mouth is false.
11 Balance and scales belong to the Lord; every weight in the sack is his concern.
12 Wrongdoing is an abomination to kings, for by justice the throne endures.
13 The king takes delight in honest lips, and whoever speaks what is right he loves.
14 The king’s wrath is a messenger of death, but a wise person can pacify it.
15 A king’s smile means life, and his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is preferable to silver.
17 The path of the upright leads away from misfortune; those who attend to their way guard their lives.
18 Pride goes before disaster, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 It is better to be humble with the poor
than to share plunder with the proud.
20 Whoever ponders a matter will be successful; happy the one who trusts in the Lord!
21 The wise of heart is esteemed for discernment, and pleasing speech gains a reputation for learning.
22 Good sense is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly is the training of fools.
23 The heart of the wise makes for eloquent speech, and increases the learning on their lips.
24 Pleasing words are a honeycomb, sweet to the taste and invigorating to the bones.
25 Sometimes a way seems right, but the end of it leads to death!
26 The appetite of workers works for them, for their mouths urge them on.
27 Scoundrels are a furnace of evil, and their lips are like a scorching fire.
28 Perverse speech sows discord, and tale bearing separates bosom friends.
29 The violent deceive their neighbors, and lead them into a way that is not good.
30 Whoever winks an eye plans perversity; whoever purses the lips does evil.
31 Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by a life that is just.
32 The patient are better than warriors, and those who rule their temper, better than the conqueror of a city.

33 Into the bag the lot is cast, but from the Lord comes every decision.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

What We Can Learn About Service From a Wheelbarrow
Part 2

Take another look at the wheelbarrow from the last post.  More specifically, look at the right handle; its been broken.

That’s true enough, but not enough to keep the wheelbarrow out of service.  Its been fixed.

Just as our repairs made this previously broken tool available for service, God can repair, and use, us in spite of our previous brokenness.  That’s what 1 John 1:9-2:2 is all about.

Think you’re too badly broken to be useable? Think again. Think how how badly (and repeatedly) Abraham messed up; God still used him. David committed a trifecta of mortal sins, but God forgave and and continued to use him once he repented. And what about Saint Paul; he really had issues, but God fixed them and used him powerfully. If God can use these folks, He can certainly use you.