Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Wisdom is the principal thing...


Proverbs 21:25-26
The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
The slothful are as fit for labour as other men. They are enemies to themselves; for their slothfulness starves them, their desires at the same time stabs them. Though their hands refuse to labour, their hands cease not to covet riches, and pleasures, and honours. They expect everyone should do for them...The righteous and industrious have their desires satisfied, and enjoy not only satisfaction, but further satisfaction of doing good to others. The slothful are always gaping to receive, but the righteous are always contriving to give. -Matthew Henry.
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In reading this scripture during my time with the Lord this morning, the thought struck me that we need not only to be diligent in our physical laborings, but in our spiritual laborings as well. It is very easy for us in these days, to glean from the labor of the work others have done in God's word. Notice Mathew Henry's comment here, that the slothful
are "as fit for labour as other men."

I can't help thinking that becoming one's own enemy is a great convenience to the devil in the declension of our souls.

Henry says "their slothfulness starves them." The sad thing is, we can go about our daily lives with a lean, starving spirit. However, it will manifest itself in our lives and effect the lives of others around us. Notice the scripture says they do not cease to covet, riches, pleasures, and honour. You will find in these people the crying out for what they don't have, yet won't work for. It does work the same in our physical life as well. They want the those blessings Henry speaks of as seen in Psalm 16:11 ..."in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand are pleasures forevermore." (KJV)

When we covet we always want something we don't have. It is either that God has seen fit not to give it to us, or we won't work for it. Have you ever noticed when you covet you only desire the finished product, the cream off the top if you will. Not the ill, someone has, or what it cost them to get it. You only desire the thing that is
good in your eyes. Coveting is selfishness! This scripture says they covet greedily (selfishly) all the day long.

Now, notice what the scripture, and the commnentary have to say about the righteous. ..."the righteous giveth and spareth not." Henry says "they have their desires satisfied, they enjoy that satisfaction, and have
even further satisfaction in giving to others." How wonderful, for their labour their cups are flowing over, and they not only have blessing to spare but he says, "they are always contriving to give." The scripture says "he giveth and spareth not." They are not afraid of loss, they know their Father's coffers are full and all He has is theirs, and theirs to share.

There are two diametrically opposed attitudes here. It is my prayer that we may laborers not only for the Lord, but in the Lord as well, that we might have that spirit of always contriving to share and to give what we have received so freely, that is so priceless.

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. (Pr. 4:18)




1 comment:

Keriann said...

I think you're wonderful, Mom. Did you know that? I should tell you more often. This was just humbling, and soothing all at the same time. I gues that we forget that is what the chastening of the Lord does in our lives. First it may hurt, but it will always bring healing. Thank you for this post.

I love you.
~K