THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
1095 Devotional “Trips”!
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min
Reading assignment: __Proverbs 12 through Proverbs 13
Focal verse(s): Proverbs 13:7: “There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth.”
The 12th chapter of Proverbs continues the contrast between the wise man who loves knowledge and instruction and the fool who hates correction and wisdom. The wicked man falls into a trap because of his lies, and the fool thinks that his ways are always right. In chapter 13, further warnings about lying and gossip are given. The evils and perils of materialism are discussed, stating that often the poor are much happier that those who have many riches. The man who hates God’s word will be destroyed and those who refuse instruction will end up as paupers and be shamed. Speaking of gossip, the story is told that the outstanding Christian businessman R.G. LeTourneau headed a company which manufactured large earthmoving equipment. He once remarked, “We used to make a scraper known as ‘Model G’. One day somebody asked our salesman what the ‘G’ stood for. The man, who was pretty quick witted, instantly replied, ‘I’ll tell you. The ‘G’ stands for gossip because like a talebearer this machine moves a lot of dirt and moves it fast!” * A good way to understand the Proverbs is to rewrite them in your own words. Take a chapter today and put it into your own language and notice how much more meaning it has for you!
* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 524-525, #2073.