Thursday, November 3, 2011

Candle Light

Wednesday night we held a candle light service.  Not by choice.  High winds apparently damaged an electrical line.  Our church, the corner store and several homes were left in the dark.

Close to 100 children and young people were scheduled for a variety of activities – children from Pre-K through Second grade were to have special treats; Third through Sixth graders were to have a hayride and a cook out.  High winds = no cook out!  Teens did get their treats, and a few extra moments to play outside.

Flashlights were retrieved from cars, candles were lit on the altar and a couple in the lobby. I was surprised at the number of smart phones with Bible, mine among them as we started our study of Proverbs.

Solomon begins with good reasons for paying attention to the proverbs.

To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; (Proverbs 1:2-3 KJV)

Which one of us cannot use wisdom, instruction, understanding, justice and equity?  We all think twice about that judgment. Few of us feel ready for judgment, though we’re all for equity, right?

Even in the dark, we were able to understand the message. The question always is, are we willing to apply it? Are we willing to fear the Lord?

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge:

Don’t we usually fall into the last part of this verse:

but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 KJV)

“Despise” is as strong as “fear.” Yet if we do not reverence the Lord, we will ignore, thus despise, His instruction – and our need for it.

We will be spending the next few weeks in Proverbs, so my readers will be visiting the book, too.  Spend some time there if you have some to spare.  It will be good for both of us.

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