For several years I spent time each year at a Pastor’s conference with the incredible Johnny Hunt from Woodstock, Georgia. One of the big things that I took home from those meetings was a love for the Scripture and a desire to daily read through Proverbs. That journey began about 20 years ago.
Since that time I have added this to time I spend with various groups around our church. Yesterday I sat with a few of our men and walked through Proverbs 26. Several big ideas stood out to me, and I’d like to pass them along to you but with a bit of an addendum. Read on for the big 6 from Proverbs 26:
BIG # 1 ---- Verse 1
Honor is no more associated with fools than snow with summer or rain with harvest.
Don’t let honor be something you miss out on. Give honor to those who deserve it as they live for God and encourage you. Giving honor to those who don’t deserve it is wasted time and breath.
BIG # 2 ---- Verse 4
Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are.
Some people like to argue, yet many arguments are useless. They really help everyone lose. Speak with courage and encouragement letting fools take energy from other people.
BIG # 3 ---- Verse 11
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.
The old statement “doing the same thing over and over and expect different results is insanity” is reality as this verse describes. Grow up and stop repeating your mistakes.
BIG # 4 ---- Verse 16
Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors.
Humility is the key. Pride destroys everything associated with it. Cherish wisdom and live by it.
BIG # 5 ---- Verses 20 & 22
Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops… Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart.
Words are important. Those verses stand alone (read them again).
BIG #6 ---- Verse 27
If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead.
That is huge truth. Deception is from the enemy. Honor is a gift from God. They are polar opposites.
May our lives depict the big ideas that God gives us and leave beyond the characteristics of foolishness.
(All verses are from the New Living Translation)