Scripture Challenge for 2-16-20
This comes from Proverbs 4, but what verses?
__:__For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
__:__For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
*Proverbs is a great book for anyone to read, but is extremely good for a young person. Whoever reads its words needs to carefully and prayerfully read it and apply it to their very lives. These two verses are a continuation of some verses that speak about the path of the wicked. Here you can see that evil people that have chosen the path of moral decay live in a world where sin becomes a duty for them. These people can't even sleep unless they have actively done evil and caused others to fall, and it is like a secondary nature to them and much like a diet they eat and drink from. So, the warning goes out to not even consider going down the path of following such people, and the purpose here is to tell the reader to stay off the path of the wicked and on the path that instruction leads you in verse 13. As a young man I worked as a machinist. I worked around some really great people who were Christians and I also worked around some people who did not know God and were involved in some immoral living. What I discovered was that for every piece of good advice one of the Christians that I worked with gave me the wicked were right there with two words of their wisdom. I found the reason why they always had a lot to say is because everything they said was shrouded in a lie to prevent the hearer from seeing where the path leads out to. So, to the young person or the aged and wise, keep to the path that true wisdom places you on and don't even consider the way of evil people.
Scripture Challenge for 2-9-20
Answer: 1 Kings 3:9
What book, chapter and verse does this come from? __________________
__:__Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
* Solomon asked for understanding or “wisdom”, so that he could make sound decisions when ruling the people of Israel. Here is how God responded: “And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words...”. At this point we can clearly see where the heart of Solomon was at; he wanted to do the job that God had put him here to do and do it the way that God wanted him to do it. We also understand that in the heart of Solomon was a humility toward God and he realized his inability to perform the task that God had put before him without God's wisdom. Solomon revered the Lord God in his heart and that is why in Proverbs 1:7 he wrote: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge...”. What about you? Do you reverence the Lord God enough in your heart that you ask for the things that are in the will of God? Do you reverence Him enough to ask Him what His plan for you is going to be, and do you reverence Him enough to obey His command to you?