Day of Rest 1-22-12

“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 22:1 A {good} name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.

Pro 22:2 The rich and the poor have a common bond, The LORD is the maker of them all.

Pro 22:3 The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.

Pro 22:4 The reward of humility {and} the fear of the LORD Are riches, honor and life.

Pro 22:5 Thorns {and} snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards himself will be far from them.

Pro 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Pro 22:7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower {becomes} the lender’s slave.

Pro 22:8 He who sows iniquity will reap vanity, And the rod of his fury will perish.

Pro 22:9 He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor.

Pro 22:10 Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out, Even strife and dishonor will cease.

Pro 22:11 He who loves purity of heart {And} whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.

Pro 22:12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, But He overthrows the words of the treacherous man

Pro 22:13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside; I will be killed in the streets!”

Pro 22:14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; He who is cursed of the LORD will fall into it.Pro 22:15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.

Pro 22:16 He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich, {will} only {come to} poverty.

Pro 22:17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your mind to my knowledge;

Pro 22:18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, That they may be ready on your lips.

Pro 22:19 So that your trust may be in the LORD, I have taught you today, even you.

Pro 22:20 Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,

Pro 22:21 To make you know the certainty of the words of truth That you may correctly answer him who sent you?

Pro 22:22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Or crush the afflicted at the gate;

Pro 22:23 For the LORD will plead their case And take the life of those who rob them.

Pro 22:24 Do not associate with a man {given} to anger; Or go with a hot-tempered man,

Pro 22:25 Or you will learn his ways And find a snare for yourself.

Pro 22:26 Do not be among those who give pledges, Among those who become guarantors for debts.

Pro 22:27 If you have nothing with which to pay, Why should he take your bed from under you?

Pro 22:28 Do not move the ancient boundary Which your fathers have set.

Pro 22:29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men.