One of the coolest things I’ve found since I started really studying the Bible is how few words it takes to impact me to my core. A simple sentence can make me think, cry, feel convicted, or unbelievably loved. My God is so good to me, He allows me to feel all of those so that I can grow in him.
The sixth chapter of Proverbs is full of little kernels of wisdom. It starts out by telling you that if you verbally commit to something and realize it was a mistake; do not wait to fix it. Go humble yourself – admit your error and beg relief from your neighbor.
Proverbs 6:4 (New International Version)
4 Allow no sleep to your eyes,
no slumber to your eyelids.
Don’t wait for tomorrow to fix something you know you need to fix today!
Have you ever pondered the industriousness of an ant? They without prompting faithfully prepare themselves for winter. They collect and store preparing for the upcoming season of hardship. Unlike us humans, you rarely see any ant crawling around with bling dripping off them.
You also don’t tend to find them plugging away at their latest toy or electronic device. They spend their time wisely and use their resources wisely.
Proverbs 6:10-11 (New International Version)
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
Who knew ants were better at living a responsible adult life than I am?
The last part I wanted to point out was actually quite surprising to me. Not in its content, but in the fact that it was there at all, somehow I managed to never see this before.
Proverbs 6:16-19 (New International Version)
16 There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Yikes! Double yikes! I know for a fact that I have fallen short in a few of those areas. And I am simultaneously shamed and so grateful. Shamed as I have done things that my Lord detests. Grateful that I have been forgiven – even of things He detests.
The one of the seven that I think most would be sort of surprised by is the last one. The Lord is not a fan of drama. He doesn’t look kindly on those that stir things up for dramas sake.