Big Hill Bible Studies
3 July 2018 Entry
Before you begin to read today's passage, get out a pen and some paper. Jot down the times you read something today that you remember reading previously - verses that sound like the ones you have previously read in Proverbs.
Now consider this - how many times in your Bible reading in general, or in sermons, or studies, or just in life in general do we hear the same things. Jesus tells us in John 14:26, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you." Sometimes we question why we see the same thought in scripture over and over, or we wonder why the preacher seems to say the same things over and over. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things and I remember in school being taught many things by repetition, don't you. I happen to know for certain that the preacher says the same thing over and over because he needs to hear things over and over to finally get it himself!
There are several verses in this chapter that are popular teachings. Verse 3 - "Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established." Verse 4 - "The LORD has made everything for it own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil." Verse 18 - "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling." But one that is not as well known is another of my favorites.
Go to verse 26 and read, "A worker's appetite works for him, for his hunger urges him on." This is one of those verses I have read many, many times throughout my life, and it has spoken to me in different ways at different times. It has said to me, "You have to keep on working if you want to eat." It has also said, "If you want to be promoted and make a name for yourself you have to keep working." And again, it has said, "You must work to provide for your family because that is what the Lord calls the leader of the family to do." But beyond that, and I would hope due to some maturity (note I said "some" maturity) I've begun to see that this may have nothing to do with employment on the job site or in the office. As worker's in the kingdom we are to be driven by our love of God and our neighbors to the point we have a genuine hunger to bring them to the Lord. As we strive to be better workers we are actually attracted to our "work" and all "the job" requires. Just as an employee studies his job and takes on his responsibilities and perfects his task, the kingdom worker studies his job and strives to excel in order to be more effective and proficient. We, as Christians should hunger to be better Christians with an appetite urging us on to more.
I hope you are enjoying this book - not just from the standpoint of the wise "one liners", but from spending time and diving deep, searching for each verse's application to your life and the direction found in them. Share some of your thoughts with me as we read through these chapters - and it doesn't have to be on the verses I have chosen. Feel free to share, question, comment - encouraging all of us who read these.