Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Proverbs 23: 19-28 A wise lifestyle, part I

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19 Listen, my son, and be wise,
    and set your heart on the right path:
20 Do not join those who drink too much wine
    or gorge themselves on meat,
21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,
    and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,
    and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 Buy the truth and do not sell it—
    wisdom, instruction and insight as well.
24 The father of a righteous child has great joy;
    a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.
25 May your father and mother rejoice;
    may she who gave you birth be joyful!
26 My son, give me your heart
    and let your eyes delight in my ways,
27 for an adulterous woman is a deep pit,
    and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
28 Like a bandit she lies in wait
    and multiplies the unfaithful among men.

We hear a lot today about "wellness."  There are resorts and cruises that offer to train you in healthy activities, magazine articles that trumpet healthy recipes and tips for living, and oh-so-many commercials and ads for the latest exercise routine or exercise product. They all make extravagant promises --- it's enough to make your head swim!

In fact, if you are a person trying to implement a new routine, or a new diet, or some other instructions that promise you a "healthy new you" or that promise increased over-all wellness, you just might feel like that gerbil up there . . .
Solomon gives a pretty good "wellness" handbook in these verses: he says that we should implement a wise lifestyle -- a Spirit-filled life. We need to evaluate several things:
  •    What we eat and drink (he advises against drunkeness and gluttony)
  •    Whom we listen to (he says listen to our father)
  •    How we live (live a life of truth, wisdom and discipline)
  •    What we think about (give me your heart)
  •    What we look at (let your eyes delight in my ways)
Aren't these things that we've heard from our heavenly Father in other Scriptures? Perhaps if you have time today, you can search for some verses that illustrate each of these five points. Let's compare notes tomorrow . . .

1 comment:

Belinda said...

I have mine ready. :)