Proverbs 27:23-27 RA Pay Attention To Your Heart


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Proverbs 27:23 Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, 24 for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations? 25 When the grass is gone and the new growth appears and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered, 26 the lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field. 27 There will be enough goats’ milk for your food, for the food of your household and maintenance for your girls. Today's passasge finishes up chapter 27. These few verses have been quite interesting to me for a long time. But before we focus lets think about the placement. Throughout the chapter Solomon speak of vairied matters of the heart of mankind. How the hearts of man can sharpen one another in good discourse... He speaks of how the eyes of man are never satisfied which surly references the state of his heart. He talks of how a mans heart reflects who he is like water reflects his face and Solomon speaks of how praise can purify the hearts of some while crush others which seems to relate humility and pride in the heart. So lets look closer at todays text and see if theres a link to the heart. Well, the first part of the passage talks about how nothing last forever. Proverbs 27:23 Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, 24 for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations? So take care of what God blesses you with... be responsible... Whether you are a king or a farmer. No matter your station in life use wisdom. James 4: reminds of of this same finite existance: 14 ...What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 1 Peter 1:24 for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. So yes, life is short... and we have numerous kinds of riches God has blessed us with. We are not to squander them on self centered things. We are not to use Gods blessings to promote our own false sense of glory. Theres just no true joy or peace or victory in that and that was our old mission... satisfy ourself with the promises of the world and promote ourselves to others. Spending on self glory causes any riches to be wasted and eventually circles the drain or as the Bible indicates it is burned up as stubble. One of many cool things about the riches of God is that as we spend them on seeing and sharing more of the glory of God instead of self he lavishes us with more riches in him. You know... it seems to me that in Solomon telling us life is short and we should give attention to our herds and then how riches dissapear and a crown does not endure to all generations. He just might be pointing to what he has been throughout the chapter... our heart. Pay attention to your heart. Guard it with wisdom... This is where your greatest riches riches are kept. May the riches God bless you with be so great that you can pass them down to as many generations as possible. That would be our legacy in Christ for his glory. Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Now in closing read 25-27 This is the part of the passage is beautiful in the way its written... I think it flows like poetry. But to what does it refer? I can't say I have all the answers to this but if Solomon is continuing with the theme it seems he is pointing to the blessings of God in a physical sense again and that there is a parallel spiritually for us. The extreme example he gives is with a person who has nothing but what God has given him in creation. If this person has a heart for God and glorifies him with the blessings God has given him instead of squandering them for his own glory... then he and his household are rich... They are fed and clothed and maintained and satisfied wanting nothing.

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