Day of Rest 1-27-13

“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 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.

Pro 27:2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.

Pro 27:3 A stone is heavy and the sand weighty, But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.

Pro 27:4 Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood, But who can stand before jealousy?

Pro 27:5 Better is open rebuke Than love that is concealed.

Pro 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.

Pro 27:7 A sated man loathes honey, But to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet.

Pro 27:8 Like a bird that wanders from her nest, So is a man who wanders from his home.

Pro 27:9 Oil and perfume make the heart glad, So a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend.

Pro 27:10 Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend, And do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity; Better is                                 neighbor who is near than a brother far away.

Pro 27:11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, That I may reply to him who reproaches me.

Pro 27:12 A prudent man sees evil {and} hides himself, The naive proceed {and} pay the penalty.

Pro 27:13 Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger; And for an adulterous woman hold him in pledge.

Pro 27:14 He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning, It will be reckoned a curse to him.

Pro 27:15 A constant dripping on a day of steady rain And a contentious woman are alike;

Pro 27:16 He who would restrain her restrains the wind, And grasps oil with his right hand.

Pro 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.

Pro 27:18 He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, And he who cares for his master will be honored.

Pro 27:19 As in water face {reflects} face, So the heart of man {reflects} man.

Pro 27:20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, Nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied.

Pro 27:21 The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold, And each {is tested} by the praise accorded him.

Pro 27:22 Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, {Yet} his foolishness will not depart from him.

Pro 27:23 Know well the condition of your flocks, {And} pay attention to your herds;

Pro 27:24 For riches are not forever, Nor does a crown {endure} to all generations.

Pro 27:25 {When} the grass disappears, the new growth is seen, And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in,

Pro 27:26 The lambs {will be} for your clothing, And the goats {will bring} the price of a field,

Pro 27:27 And {there will be} goats’ milk enough for your food, For the food of your household, And sustenance for your maidens.