Scripture Challenge for 6-13-21
This comes from Proverbs 9
__:__He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
__:__Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
__:__Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
*In the start of Proverbs 9 a banquet is described that reminds me of a parable that Jesus spoke in Luke 14:15-24. The invitation went out to some people, but they refused the invite to eat at the banquet prepared by the master. They could have made the choice to go and it would have been a wise choice, but each one made ridiculous excuses as to why they could not come. The parable concludes with the master becoming angry at the refusal and rejection of those men and the servant was told to invite others, which had already been done. At that point the master states the fact that none of the men that turned down his invitation would get a taste of his banquet. From the verses above we can see that a wicked person that mocks brings shame upon themselves. But, the wise person will increase in wisdom and understanding and makes decisions based upon facts and reality of situations. Are you the type of person that is willing to respond to wisdom with humility and an open ear or; are you the type that wants to impose your will over what God wants and says is right, and makes a wise crack at a person that speaks wisdom to you about what God says? Wisdom stands ready to guide you in any situation that you encounter, but are you willing to eat of that banquet?
Scripture Challenge for 6-6-21
Answer: Proverbs 8: 14-16
This comes from Proverbs 8
__:__Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
__:__By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
__:__By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
*Wisdom is something in our day that is getting harder and harder to find among people. People that tend to be “shoot from the hip” type people tend to go in every direction and grab at the first “new” idea they come across thinking that it will provide them some kind of enlightenment. But, in Proverbs 8 it explains that sound wisdom is something that is needed if you are going to be a leader and be a good one. It takes God's wisdom, someone willing to listen to Him, and planning to make a good leader. No war for example was ever won by leaders who were not willing to sit down and plan on the intelligence information that they had and strategically make decisions to minimize the loss of life and equipment, then pressing forward to the mark of victory. Whether it is the leadership in a country or a business or just an everyday household, God's wisdom is needed if that person is to be a successful leader.