Thursday, December 9, 2010

Proverbs 15

Pro 15:19  The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
Pro 15:20  A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
Pro 15:21  Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
Pro 15:22  Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
Pro 15:23  A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
Pro 15:24  The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
Pro 15:25  The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow. 

Lazy people have a harder life, while the upright's way is made plain.  Laziness causes more problems than it solves, which of course we know.  Yet I love my snooze button!

Over and over Proverbs has mentioned accepting instruction, correction, and counsel.  Apparently, left to ourselves, we will not make good decisions.  That's kind of anti-individualism, isn't it?  It is pretty easy to delude ourselves and to imagine things the way we want them.  We rationalize things we want to do and find reasons or excuses for things we should not.  That's why it keeps telling us to accept instruction, correction, and advice from others.  Of course, we need to be careful who those other people are.  They should be focused on God as well, so they give us good information.

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