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Opening THE Book with Rev John K-S August 2022

REV JOHN K-S 05-2021Rev John Kinchin-Smith
Assistant Minister, St Andrew’s Church, Gorleston


 Last month we began to think about “The Book of Proverbs”, a book of wise sayings and advice attributed to King Solomon. This Book of the Old Testament contains a wonderful collection of wise teaching including about 800 proverbs. There is a difference between “knowledge” and “wisdom”. A person may have a great deal of knowledge but remain very unwise if they do not understand how to apply or use that knowledge for life. James, the brother of Jesus, in a short letter in the New Testament wrote: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you”. In “The Book of Proverbs” we find Godly wisdom
The Book of Proverbs, like all the books of the Bible, contains words from which we can draw new life and wisdom at any point in our life. In our current time, there’s an even deeper need for this. Infidelity, materialism, laziness, and self-sufficiency run rampant. We have reality TV shows that promote having different partners, social media campaigns disseminating false information and conspiracy theories, and efforts to remove God from our lives entirely. Even if we don’t absorb such things, it’s wise for all of us to continually renew ourselves in God’s wisdom and love found in Proverbs. Here are some examples (chapter and verse in brackets):
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (9:10)
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (16:18)
Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves” (11:17)
Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs” (10:22)
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (18:24)
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (22:6)
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (17:22)
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity” (21:23)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight” (3:5-6)


published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine


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