Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
"I have spread my couch with coverings,
With colored linens of Egypt."
Proverbs 7:16 (NASB)
This verse is in the middle of Chapter 7, which refers to a young, naive man being lead into temptation, sin and destruction by the adulteress woman.
The Hebrew word used for "coverings" is marbad, and is only used in one other verse. Proverbs 31:22, which says of the virtuous woman, "She makes coverings for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple".
Consider this: Egypt is typically symbolic not only of bondage, but of false security and wealth. The adulteress has chosen the riches and pleasures of the world, along with the bondage of sin. But the vitrtuous woman has chosen contentment and is satisfied with the work of her own hands.
Don't misunderstand me, this not only applies to women, but to men. Ever known someone who traded in a good, working car just because it was getting a little old? Or bought a new driver because all of their friends had one? A clothes horse that has to be dressed to the nines?
God never condems us for having what we need. However, we must ensure that we are content with meeting our needs and not chasing after the world's security and bondage.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Saturday, March 2, 2013
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
I'm a fan of the National Treasure movies. I enjoy the way that they intertwine true historical facts with their embellishments to create a story. But the real driving force behind the movies is the search for TREASURE! How many of us have toyed with purchasing a metal detector, or seen someone wandering the beach early in the morning just swinging his back and forth over the sand? As a child, how many of us dug holes in the back yard or fields because we hoped to find gold?
There is a natural drive in the human soul to seek and gather valuable things. To a scholar, this could be information. To a prospector, this could be gold or silver. To a politician, this could be power or influence.
However, God offers His wisdom equally to everyone. Regardless of position, financial status or profession, His wisdom is available for discovery. BUT, discovery requires searching and seeking. Are you seeking to gain His wisdom and grow in knowledge about Him?
First and foremost, have you discovered the most valuable thing in all the world? A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is worth more than all the knowledge, power and riches of the world. Jesus Himself said in Mark 8:36 "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?
Seek Him. Seek His wisdom. Gather that which cannot be lost, rusted or decayed.