God's Way To Health, Wealth And Wisdom
Many people make it a practice to read one chapter of Proverbs everyday and I do not do that everyday but frequently I will get into a, a mold where in my devotions I will begin to read through the book of Proverbs and I am certain that I've read it through many times as you have read this marvelous book too. We're titling this series of sermons, GOD'S WAY TO HEALTH, WEALTH AND WISDOM.
There's an old proverb, not a biblical proverb, just an old proverb that says early to bed and early to rise will make a man healthy wealthy and wise, but the problem is that a lot of people who go to bed early and get up early, they're not healthy, they're not wealthy, and they're not wise.
Because going to bed and getting up early doesn't make you healthy, wealthy and wise. What is taught in God's word will make you healthy, wealthy and wise if you understand what true health, wealth and wisdom is as we're going to see here in a little bit.
What is a proverb anyway?
Somebody SAID that a proverb is a short sentence based on long experience, that is, it is, it is a lot of wisdom that has been distilled, crammed into, packed into a sentence. That is, by a proverb we can learn from the experiences of other people. Somebody says you better learn from the mistakes of others, you, you, you'll not live long enough to make them all by yourself and so you're going to have to learn from mistakes of other people. But these proverbs here are not like earthly proverbs. Earthly proverbs are learned from experience but what we have here are not necessarily things that have been learned from experience, these are truths that are given to us by divine revelation. These are not just simply, things that are being worked out by human ingenuity, these are God's words of wisdom, given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
You know the proverbs are good, but sometimes they are confusing, sometimes they're wrong, sometimes they even seem contradictory. For example, one proverb might say look, before you leap, you've heard that, sure. Another one says he who hesitates is lost. Hahaha, so, that's kind of disquietening isn't it? You don't know which one of those proverbs to take. Or we hear a proverb like this, you only get what you pay for. That sounds good until somebody else comes along and says the best things in life are free and it just seems, a little bit confusing or somebody else as a proverb leave well enough alone and then somebody else comes along and says progress never stands still. So, these are human proverbs and there's some truth in all of them if you rightly see them and see what the person who was giving the proverb has to say, but God's proverbs are not merely short sentences based on long experience, they're not little riddlecisms that sometimes sound good but not so good until after you examine them.
These are revealed truths from the word of God and they are God's ways so ...
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