A Message for You – October 1, 2009

Proverbs

by PASTOR MICHAEL CISLER
North Kent Bible Church

You may have heard of the proverb, “A stitch in time saves nine,” or “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” A proverb is usually a short picture story that conveys truth, either based on common sense or past experience. “A stitch in time saves nine” uses the picture of mending a rip or tear now so you don’t have to mend a much worse rip or tear later. Or, without the picture, take care of matters now so they do not get worse.

One of the books of the Bible is called Proverbs. It is full of the wisdom of God for our lives.

Proverbs 11:1 says, “The Lord abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are His delight.” The picture is someone being deceptive in the marketplace with scales that are not accurate. If I were a merchant and wanted to increase my sales, I could weight the scales so I could sell less product for more money without the buyer knowing it. This is cheating and dishonest. This proverb teaches us that God wants us to be honest in how we deal with others.

Proverbs 17:1 says, “Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.” In this proverb a contrast is seen between the dry crust (having little) and feasting (having much) as well as between peace and strife within the home. According to this proverb, it is better to have a peaceful home without much stuff than to have strife within a house full of wealth. In other words, our family relationships are more important than how much stuff we have.

The book of Proverbs has many more truths that relate to family, business, relationships, and other parts of life. It gives us sound advice for how we can excel in these areas and more. There are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs. There are 31 days in the month of October. I would encourage you to read one chapter of Proverbs each day of this month and consider how you can apply at least one truth into your life each day.

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