(This reading is based on Proverbs 15 and is read in accordance with the Revived by His Word initiative of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Church.)
This chapter is like purchasing concentrated dish-washing liquid that you would retail into another bottle and dilute with water - so one spurt is converted into... five or more. Each verse is so loaded. And whereas we are often inclined to pick a favourite verse in a chapter, every verse in this one seems to be jumping out at me. I literally feel like a child that is taken to a major toy store and is told to choose a toy. What do I choose?
I could go for the most familiar. That would be verse 1, "A soft answer turneth away wrath...." This is a verse about quelling strife, and not having oneself dragged into the dregs of degraded diatribe.
But then I could go for the most paradoxical (to me). That would be verse 2 where "the wise uses knowledge rightly;" suggesting that the foolish may have good knowledge, but makes an improper use of it. We shouldn't be misled by the fact that a persons displays knowledge of a subject, because wisdom is an application of knowledge with understanding.
As I continue down the aisle, verse 3 would appeal to me for the assurance that I'm always on God's radar; He's looking at me. Mind you, that's no fun when I sin, except that when I want to change or I'm in trouble and I cry out for help, He will see and hear me right away. As one who sings in Church regularly I've often experienced the frustration of a distracted sound technician who's not seeing that I need the music to be a tad loader, or to take it down a notch. I'm glad that, "The eyes of the Lord are in every place."
There's a whole lot more left to be explored and discover in this chapter. So many choices! Hope you'll have as much blessing in your continued search. Blessings.
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