Pride

Proverbs 8:13

To fear the Lord is to hate evil;
    I hate pride and arrogance,
    evil behavior and perverse speech.

A while back I started doing blog posts inspired from the book of proverbs. Verse by verse I was going. Eventually all the verses just started to become the same thing over and over again. I lost a lot of inspiration. In fact, it’s been since March 14th of last year since I last posted about Proverbs (view here). I have kept checking back on this next verse, reading it across almost every translation just to find some inspiration. I just honestly haven’t wanted to write about this verse, or any of the rest in the chapter. It’s all just become the same thing over and over again.

But alas, today I am pushing myself through it because sometimes with your relationship with God, and with others, you just have to keep pushing through despite how you feel.

To fear the Lord is to hate evil. Looks like we can categorize pride, arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech under evil. How many of you hate evil? How many of you hate talking to someone and they start to get prideful, nothing they say is wrong, they have all the best stories, their way is always right, etc? Or how about arrogant people? Like trying to talk with Tony Stark, or Steve Jobs for example? Talking to people who are full of themselves is the worst. I think it’s clear to say we all hate this kind of evil.

But what about when it is in yourself? It’s easy to recognize it is within others, but what about yourself? Are you/can you be prideful or arrogant? Do you find yourself to be more right than wrong? Looking honestly at past situations, why do you think that is? Where you truly right, or was pride getting in the way from you admitting your wrong?

Maybe pride is stopping you from opening up to others. You like to control how others see you, you show others an edited version of you, but not the raw footage.

But to fear the Lord is to hate evil and pride and arrogance and evil behavior and perverse speech.

What is it in your own life that you are failing to recognize, but you can so easily recognize in others?

Prisonment of Your Desires

Proverbs 6:30 – 33 (NIV)

People do not despise a thief if he steals
to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold,
though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
But a man who commits adultery has no sense;
whoever does so destroys himself.
Blows and disgrace are his lot,
and his shame will never be wiped away.

Proverbs 6:30-33 (KJV)

Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house. But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.

I want to jump straight to the second half of these verses from Proverbs.

Adultery, adultery, adultery…  Even though this isn’t the context of the verses, lets go a little bit broader cause it still works, any kind of sexual relations that are outside of God’s marriage bed.

In some way we all are hungry for some kind of sexual desire, big or small. It’s part of the way God created us, but how we deal with our desires can make or break our lives.

When a thief steals food to satisfy his hungry, it is understandable. We need food to survive, if he is caught he should definitely have to pay it back and more. But our sexual desires are not the same. It doesn’t matter if we get caught or not, we will be punished for our actions. We may not have to pay a fine, or jail time or anything like that, but what we do face is a prisonment of our own desire. It’s not a one time deal, once you start you keep wanting more and more, there is no end to your desire. With food you are satisfied as soon as you fead. Your stomach will tell you you’re full, and that’s the end of it. Our sexual desire is not the same, we keep craving more and more, there is no limit to our end.

It will cost you all that you have, it is your destruction.  It may even get to a point where you do it not because you want to, but because your body demands it of you. It will get to control you, it’s chains will bear you down. It will be a stumbling block with your relationship with God, each day wedging you further and further from Him.

Tame your desires before they destroy you. Don’t be come a prisoner to your own desire. God made you not to be a slave to sin, but a slave to grace.

I’m a God guy

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Proverbs 3:3-4

Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.

I read over this verse plenty of times, but it never really ment anything to me. I got that we should always be filled with love and faithfulness, but it didn’t stick to me. The first time it ever stood out out to me was after I purchased a tablet from Best Buy, and I was reading it on the tablet (this tablet being an iPad). I smiled to myself thinking I’m reading a bible verse about tablets, on a tablet computer. It got me thinking though, why did I purchase this tablet instead of an android tablet, an amazon tablet, or any other tablet? Well the answer was obvious, I am Apple guy, in the same way I am also a Nike guy. When it comes to any kind of computers, I want an Apple, it’s the first thing that comes to mind. I admit that sometimes I even covet Apple products. When it comes to shoes, I always buy Nike, same with Hockey. I have fallen in love with Nike and will always support them, they are once again the first company I go to. We all got our favorite brands. Apple. Windows. Linux. Nike. Adidas. Facebook. Twitter. Sony. Nintendo. This list goes on and on. Often the people around you are aware of your favorites. Amongst my friends, I know they would quickly call me an Apple guy. Apple products is on the tablet of my heart.

How about when we handle ourselves in different situations? If you are in a situation you don’t like (I am sure you can think of the examples), how do you represent yourself? What’s a recent situation that you have been in? How would you say others would critique your response? What this verse is saying is that similarly when it comes to computers, my first response is Apple, when it comes to representing ourselves in life, our first response should be faithfulness and love. Faithfulness and love should be written across our heart.

When we look at other individuals, who do we respect the most? The ones who got angry, maybe jealous, talked back, etc? Or is it the ones who gave love and faithfulness. Giving love and faithfulness is what is going to get us a good name, both with God, and here on earth. If we are looking for respect from others, we must start with respecting others first.

What does it mean to be faithful?

When thinking a bit deeper into these verses, I was interested in knowing what it ment by “faithfulness.” The first thing that came to mind was being faithful to others, to believe in others. When someone believes in you, doesn’t that improve your opinion of that person? It makes you feel better about yourself. It is also important to have faith in yourself. When other’s see you have faith in yourself, they tend to look up to you and respect you. Now I believe that is part of the equation, but it makes the most sense by meaning to be faithful to God. When we are faithful to God, truly faithful, we separate ourselves from the rest of the World. When we are being faithful to God, we are putting Him above everything else, including our own desires. Being faithful means we are obeying the Ten Commandments, all of them, not just the convient ones. To do this, would make us like Jesus.

Consequences of Avoiding Wisdom’s Call

Proverbs 1:22-27

“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
Repent at my rebuke!
Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.
But since you refuse to listen when I call
and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,
since you disregard all my advice
and do not accept my rebuke,
I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

Yesterday, we looked at how the Holy Spirit is shouting at us for listen and how we can’t hear Her because we are lost in the noise of our daily life. Today’s reading shows us what the Holy Spirit is trying to warn us.

  • How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? – A simple person will always love his simple ways. This is what makes him simple.
  • How long will mockers delight in mockery? – Always! A mocker isn’t a mocker, unless he delights in mockery!
  • How long will fools hate knowledge? Forever! Once again, what makes a fool is that he stays in his foolishry, hating knowledge.
Because of this, the Spirit asks us to repent! Once we repent She will give us wisdom, and knowledge! Unfortunately, as we learned yesterday, we get caught up in ourselves, trying to do everything ourself, that we sometimes fail to seek out help. The Holy Spirit is offering us Her hand, but we fail to see it.
When we fail to seek our the Holy Spirit, She knows that diaster is going to over come us. When we try to do things on our own, we are going to be slept away! Stress will over come us. Stress will overcome us quickly! We will be full of troubles and uncertainty. We will be completely lost in our ways.
In reading this passage, I see the dangers of trying to live according to me, according to my understanding. I see how my ways will get me lost in a storm. How easily I will be defeated. Luckily all I have to do is call out to the Holy Spirit, and reach my arm towards Hers. In doing this, She will give us Her advice. Her knowledge. Her wisdom.