Archive for : September, 2020

09.16.20

09.16.20

Proverbs 19
Proverbs 20
Proverbs 21
2 Thessalonians 3

2 Thessalonians 310 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” 11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.

I think Coffman offers a very apt commentary to these verses:

The shameful and unwholesome results of a weak and foolish system of charity which ignores this principle were outlined thus by W. F. Adeney:

  1. It injures the recipient. Idleness is a sin; and some of the worst trouble they had in Thessalonica came from that source.
  2. II. It injures the giver. The encouragement of idleness is a sin that must be attributed to the thoughtless or foolish scatterer of God’s gifts upon the undeserving.
  3. III. It injures those who are truly needy. The idlers are the more insistent and clamorous for support in their idleness; and all that is given to them is no longer available for those who have just claims upon the charity of others.
  4. IV. It injures the community. It destroys initiative, diminishes industry, and propagates the worst element in society.]

09.15.20

09.15.20

Proverbs 16
Proverbs 17
Proverbs 18
2 Thess. 2

We have traded notes on how we often “feel” that something is within God’s will but are then surprised when we look into the Word of the Lord.  In Proverbs 16 the writer several times addresses our weakness & provides the wisdom we need:

Proverbs 16To humans belong the plans of the heart,
    but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.

All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
    but motives are weighed by the Lord.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans.

Proverbs 16:.

In their hearts humans plan their course,
    but the Lord establishes their steps
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