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Encourage0gram August 1, 2020

Posted by Pastor Rick John on

Encourage0gram
August 1, 2020
 
Dear Ones,
 
As we embark on a new month, let me encourage you to join me in reading one chapter of Proverbs every day this month.  Practical instruction on nearly every subject we could imagine. 
 
The theme of Proverbs is given in verse 7:
 
NIV Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
 
To fear the Lord is to worship and respect Him. A true worshipper is eager to know God and to follow Him. This is just the start of a life of blessing.  One who truly worships the Lord will desire to grow in knowing God and applying what is learned. 
 
In contrast, the fool will overlook and reject wisdom. The fool is not a skillful in life.  The fool is not responsive to discipline or instruction.  They just follow their own thoughts and emotions.  A fool is on a predictable road that leads to destruction.
 
The contrast between the fool and the wise is found in the concluding verses of the chapter.
 
NIV Proverbs 1:32-33
For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm."
 
The simple is naïve and immature.  The simpleton is the least foolish of the fools in Proverbs and can be persuaded to follow wisdom with the right counsel.  However, if the simple one continues to follow waywardness they will die.  Fools are more entrenched in an unhealthy lifestyle and are destroyed by complacency.  Their priorities are out of order!  They will not listen to wise instruction. 
 
In contrast, there is great hope and help for the one who will listen!  As they respond to wisdom they will live in safety and pleasure.  Their desires will be in line with what is truly good, and they will live without fear of harm. 
 
So, the choice is clearly before us:  Live in worship of the Lord or rebellion.  Let us listen and follow wise counsel based on the truth revealed in God’s word.
 
I look forward to seeing you tomorrow either in our sanctuary, in our parking lot or online by a video of our worship service.  Thank you for your prayers and love!  I continually thank God for each of you!
 
Your servant,
Pastor Rick

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