A human being lives, but he is given life.
Before we start today I would like to say that I moved in to my house last week and yes I am very behind on responding to your post so please forgive me. I will get caught up tomorrow morning and then I will make it a habit to respond every morning after my run.
One last thing, if there is no more feed back to our next study topic we will study the book of Daniel then the book of Revelation. I will need to change the format somewhat because we cannot just comment on three verses and then move on. So I will work on that and in 5 days we will start on the new study. As of November 1st we have been studying together online for 4 months now and I do not know about you but I have truly enjoyed it.
New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Do not boast about tomorrow,
For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
2 Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth;
A stranger, and not your own lips.
3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty,
But a fool’s wrath is heavier than both of them.
4 Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent,
But who is able to stand before jealousy?
5 Open rebuke is better
Than love carefully concealed.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
7 A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb,
But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
8 Like a bird that wanders from its nest
Is a man who wanders from his place.
9 Ointment and perfume delight the heart,
And the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.
10 Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend,
Nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity;
Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad,
That I may answer him who reproaches me.
12 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself;
The simple pass on and are punished.
13 Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger,
And hold it in pledge when he is surety for a seductress.
14 He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning,
It will be counted a curse to him.
15 A continual dripping on a very rainy day
And a contentious woman are alike;
16 Whoever restrains her restrains the wind,
And grasps oil with his right hand.
17 As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
18 Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit;
So he who waits on his master will be honored.
19 As in water face reflects face,
So a man’s heart reveals the man.
20 Hell and Destruction are never full;
So the eyes of man are never satisfied.
21 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
And a man is valued by what others say of him.
22 Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain,
Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.
23 Be diligent to know the state of your flocks,
And attend to your herds;
24 For riches are not forever,
Nor does a crown endure to all generations.
25 When the hay is removed, and the tender grass shows itself,
And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in,
26 The lambs will provide your clothing,
And the goats the price of a field;
27 You shall have enough goats’ milk for your food,
For the food of your household,
And the nourishment of your maidservants.
Thought of the
“Settle all accounts today; you can’t bank on tomorrow”
When the physical examination of a 78-year-old man had been completed, the doctor recommended that he come back in 6 months for another checkup. At this suggestion the aged patient shook his head and said, “Doctor, I don’t think I’ll be around then.”
“Nonsense!” replied the physician with a reassuring smile. “You’ll be around for years yet.”
The elderly man gave him an odd look, then explained, “I mean that I’ll be in Florida. I go there every January.”
The story may cause us to smile, but the question it raises is very sobering. Will you and I be around tomorrow, next month, next year? It surely is sensible to make plans for the future, but we must always do so with an awareness of life’s uncertainty.
As James reminded us in the Bible reading for today, life is “a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14). Because of this we ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that” (James 4:15).
Will you be around in 6 months? Let this question prompt you to live faithfully for the Lord Jesus Christ today.– Richard W. De Haan (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)
The present only is our own,
Live and toil with a will;
Do not wait until tomorrow,
For life’s clock may then be still.- McCartney
Personal Reflection and Discussion
Before I start let me say that I have thoroughly enjoyed these studies and I am grateful that you took this on. It doesn’t seem like it has already been 4 months. Thanks Bobby. Now verses 23-27 speak of diligence and describe the practical rewards of being diligent. Solomon uses what the people knew about back then and that was flocks of sheep and herds of goats. He knew the people would be more able to understand what they know. If the farmer diligently cares for his flocks and herds, in time they will learn to care for him. So it is with us. God is our farmer, our shepard. He takes care of us as much as we will allow Him. He would do so much for us if we would just let Him, but we, like stupid sheep think we know more and can take care of ourselves. God never gives up, though. He kkeps trying to take care of us in hope that one we will realize what He did for us and learn to love Him in return.
I like that, especially since my mindset is on thanksgiving already. We all need to be more thankful all the time.
I understand by November 1st the holydays are in full motion.
I have enjoyed the studies also. I think the letting God take over our lives is the hardest part of being a Christian, allowing things to happen is hard but (Isa. 40:31) says it best “Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall rise up on wings like eagles. They shall run and not be wearied; they shall walk and not faint.” Faith discovers its strength, not in the busyness of life or in the multitude of effort, but rather in the tranquility of soul that enables us to tune in to God’s frequency.
Who says the Bible is out dated and not pratical information?! Love vrs 5, 6, 9 & 17. I find so much applicable consel. Not only do I need to learn how to be a good friend, but I also need to be understanding when they hurt my feelings. I hope I’m not setting myself up for dissaster here… but I prefer a friend that wouldn’t be afraid to lovingly put me in my place. I rather they tell me something anyway they can and take a chance of getting me upset, than avoid it and our friendship be strained. Either we build on it and grow and strengthen our relationship or it falls for lack of intimacy and substance. David would tell you I appricate honesty and welcome critism if the intentions are good… and the critisms are somewhat limited and selective to the ones that I need to know for the harmony of the friendship or for my benefit; not just picking at everything I do wrong. Wohoo!! Just had to make sure I didn’t open a flood gate of “good intended help” to make me a perfect person. A little here, a little there. : ) I know I have a lot of faults; to mention one: writing too long…I’m aware of it and am still trying to work on it.
I agree with you when it comes to my friends being honest with me. If I cannot be honest with them why am I hanging around them?