Sunday, March 27, 2011

Proverbs

I am still doing the Bible in 90 Days plan, though I’ve become so busy I cannot attend the associated small group.  That is frustrating, but I think I’m still getting a lot out of this speedy read through.  It is amazing the bigger picture details one might miss just going a chapter at a time.  I really feel like the story has made much more sense so far.

After Psalms, there is of course the Book of Proverbs, which I was writing extensively about each week.  I really enjoy that book.  I think it is important to remember while reading it that these aren’t suggestions like you’d find in a fortune cookie.  These are instructions for wisdom from God, the same God who created the universe and everything in it.  He knows what He’s talking about, even if we think parts of it sounds contrary to our modern “knowledge.”   God’s wisdom is timeless and applicable regardless of our present state.

In Star Wars when the bad guys are so excited about the Death Star and Darth Vader reminds them, “The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.”  The bad guy responds “Don’t try to frighten us with your sorcerer’s ways, Lord Vader.  Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes or given you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebels hidden fort-“  And then Vader force chokes him.

The bad guys assumed that this strange ancient religion had no lasting power.  They assumed that the things they could create and the things they could do were stronger and better and more powerful than the Force found in Star Wars.  And they were wrong.  Not just a little bit either – it wasn’t the dark side Vader was using that brought the Empire down.  It was the good guys, and love.

The technological terrors the world can create now are mighty indeed and surely the most powerful expressions of human advancement yet.  But they still remain insignificant to the power of faith, and to the power of our God.  He has a name as opposed to the generic Force in Star Wars.  Our God is a personal God, and He loves us, and wants us to be with Him.

And that’s the kind of stuff I think about when I read Proverbs!

Pro 3:5-7  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.   In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.   Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

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