Quick thoughts from Proverbs

A couple of verses from Proverbs 14 and quick thoughts:

Laughter can conceal a heavy heart,
but when the laughter ends, the grief remains. (v. 13, NLT)

I think of this one as I grieve today over the news of a college student who died Monday night. I knew him from classes he took from me and can remember a couple of conversations we had along the way. Today, I will have conversations with other people and will have a good time in a couple of meetings, but in between I feel grief. When laughter ends, sometimes grief hangs around.

Only simpletons believe everything they’re told!
The prudent carefully consider their steps. (v. 15, NLT)

This one reminds me of my Facebook challenges. It is so easy to believe what is being passed along. Then, if you try and correct what is being passed along, it doesn’t always go well. We need more discernment in our lives.

Fear of the Lord is the START of Wisdom

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise. (Psalm 111:10, NIV)

Holy respect is always a good start. It keeps me from thinking of God as my “beer buddy,” or some other inane term we like to think of when we want God to just like us and not say too much about how we are doing in our lives.

When I start with holy fear, I am more capable of settling down so I can actually know God. Beginning with holy fear, I can step into wisdom. It is a starting point.

But if God is only my “best bud,” I won’t even be at the starting point of wisdom.