Big Hill Christian Church

1150 Goggins Lane, Richmond, KY

Big Hill Bible Studies
13 July 2018
 
Proverbs 24
 
There are a couple verses I'd like you to see today.  Read verses 3-4 and take in the description of a house.  Do you see our "spiritual houses" as our souls?  How does wisdom build a house and how does knowledge fill rooms with precious things?
 
Consider your present "house" and how it was constructed.  Do you have a solid foundation?  Think of all the things your house holds inside its walls.  Are they precious things or are they cheap and falling apart?  There are several references to construction in the Scriptures that compare dwellings to our bodies.  It has been said, "We are what we think and we become what we see."  So, what do you think about and what are you focused on?
 
Now go to verses 33 and 34.                                                                                                                        
"A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, then your poverty will come as a robber and your want like an armed man."  Are you able to see the meaning in this writing?  What's wrong with a little rest?  I would love to take an afternoon nap at times - I've even been known to do it!  Is this saying we are never to rest and must always be hard at work? 
 
Even the Lord rested on the seventh day.  We are to rest and we are to take care of ourselves.  If you were to read the previous verses you will see this is like a summary statement.  The sluggard is always looking for the opportunity to walk away from work and responsibility to "take it easy" and "pace themselves."  There is nothing wrong with resting after the work is concluded or when the body must have some rest.  But the result of constant resting and idle time results in poverty and catastrophe.  We were created to work and to work as unto the Lord.  As Scripture tells us we are to work while we can because the night is coming when we will be unable.
 
Stand Firm,
Jim