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The Proverbial Journey 6

March 6, 2010

Proverbs Chapter 6

Vs. 1-5

1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
if you have struck hands in pledge for another,

2 if you have been trapped by what you said,
ensnared by the words of your mouth,

3 then do this, my son, to free yourself,
since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands:
Go and humble yourself;
press your plea with your neighbor!

4 Allow no sleep to your eyes,
no slumber to your eyelids.

5 Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
like a bird from the snare of the fowler.

I have been there.  Over-committed with promises I couldn’t keep and if I did keep them,  my family would get the short end of the stick.  It leads to avoided phone calls, procrastination, and causes other people problems.

If you have entered into wrong commitments (mistakenly made oaths or promises), don’t sit on them or avoid them.  They will rule over you.  Go, humble yourself, apologize and get free of them.

Vs. 6 -11 – God’s Prosperity Plan

Remember, work is a blessing.  It is a gift.  Don’t be slothful because it leads to poverty and lack.

Here is God’s prosperity plan: “Don’t be lazy!”

Vs. 12-15 – It’ll catch up to you at some point

A scoundrel or villan is one who looks for the easy deal or manipulates things for his own advantage to the disadvantage of others.  A person who is willing to short-change others for his or her own good.

They make enemies and at some point it will catch up them.  They will find themselves with their world caving in and no one will be willing to help them.

Vs. 16-19 – Things The Lord Approves Of

  • One who looks at others to serve them
  • One who tells the truth
  • One who defends the innocent
  • One who makes Godly plans
  • One who takes wise steps of Godly discernment
  • One who lives with integrity
  • One who seeks to be a peacemaker – Seeking right relationships

How do you stack up on the list of things God approves of?  Do you have any mistakenly made promises that you need to correct?  What are your thoughts


From → Proverbs

One Comment
  1. Chuck Tribbitt permalink

    Good morning brother, Is the glass half empty or half full? I love how you have taken 6:16-19 and change it to a positive view. As I would say I am behind or late getting started and you would say better to be late than never. Our father has done an awesome job forming you into who you are!! Love You Brother

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