Monday, December 3, 2012

Proverbs 24:13-16

"My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:
So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief."
Proverbs 24:13-16

I was reading several scriptures this morning about knowledge and wisdom, and how important they are.  I really liked this one because of the comparison with honey.  Sometimes we crave something sweet, and we eat it and it follows through on our expectations... it is sweet, and the taste of it is the reward we are after.  Yum. :)  And I think that God is saying here that knowledge and wisdom are similar... they carry their reward with them, and they fill us with a sweetness that we crave.  The second part of this selection of verses seems to depart a lot from that idea, but I also liked this part... even when we're trying to be good, we stumble sometimes.  And what is the difference between the just and the wicked in this case?  Not that they never stumble or fall... but that they continue to get up, to trust in God, to crave that knowledge and wisdom, and try to make themselves better.  They never give up and decide that they can't do it, because they know that, with God, they can.  Today, let's learn all we can... and stand up, and try again.  The trials will continue to come, but if we are wise, we will learn from them and grow stronger rather than letting them get in the way of our soul's progress.

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