Day of Rest 1-23-11

“The magnet of mercy does not draw us so near to God as the cords of affliction.  When Absalom set Joab’s corn on fire, then he came running to Absalom (2 Sam. 14:30).  When God sets our worldly comforts on fire, then we run to Him, and make our peace with Him.  When the prodigal was pinched with want, then he returned home to his father (Luke 15:18).  When the dove could not find any rest for the sole of her foot, then she flew to the ark.  When God brings a deluge of affliction upon us, then we fly to the ark of Christ. Thus affliction makes us happy, in bringing us nearer to God.  Faith can make use of the waters of affliction, to cause us to swim faster to Christ.”  Thomas Watson, All Things for Good, p. 31

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January: A Proverb a Day – Keeps Stupidity at Bay!

Pro 23:1 When you sit down to dine with a ruler, Consider carefully what is before you,

Pro 23:2 And put a knife to your throat If you are a man of {great} appetite.

Pro 23:3 Do not desire his delicacies, For it is deceptive food.

Pro 23:4 Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration {of it.}

Pro 23:5 When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For {wealth} certainly makes itself wings Like an eagle that flies {toward} the heavens.

Pro 23:6 Do not eat the bread of a selfish man, Or desire his delicacies;

Pro 23:7 For as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, “Eat and drink!” But his heart is not with you.

Pro 23:8 You will vomit up the morsel you have eaten, And waste your compliments.

Pro 23:9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.

Pro 23:10 Do not move the ancient boundary Or go into the fields of the fatherless,

Pro 23:11 For their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their case against you.

Pro 23:12 Apply your heart to discipline And your ears to words of knowledge.

Pro 23:13 Do not hold back discipline from the child, Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.

Pro 23:14 You shall strike him with the rod And rescue his soul from Sheol.

Pro 23:15 My son, if your heart is wise, My own heart also will be glad;

Pro 23:16 And my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak what is right.

Pro 23:17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, But {live} in the fear of the LORD always.

Pro 23:18 Surely there is a future, And your hope will not be cut off.

Pro 23:19 Listen, my son, and be wise, And direct your heart in the way.

Pro 23:20 Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine, {Or} with gluttonous eaters of meat;

Pro 23:21 For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe {one} with rags.

Pro 23:22 Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old.

Pro 23:23 Buy truth, and do not sell {it,} {Get} wisdom and instruction and understanding.

Pro 23:24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, And he who sires a wise son will be glad in him.

Pro 23:25 Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her rejoice who gave birth to you.

Pro 23:26 Give me your heart, my son, And let your eyes delight in my ways.

Pro 23:27 For a harlot is a deep pit And an adulterous woman is a narrow well.

Pro 23:28 Surely she lurks as a robber, And increases the faithless among men.

Pro 23:29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?

Pro 23:30 Those who linger long over wine, Those who go to taste mixed wine.

Pro 23:31 Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it goes down smoothly;

Pro 23:32 At the last it bites like a serpent And stings like a viper.

Pro 23:33 Your eyes will see strange things And your mind will utter perverse things.

Pro 23:34 And you will be like one who lies down in the middle of the sea, Or like one who lies down on the top of a mast.

Pro 23:35 “They struck me, {but} I did not become ill; They beat me, {but} I did not know {it.} When shall I awake? I will seek another drink.”