The older I get the closer I get to legally being called ‘ancient.’ Already the music I love is ancient to my eleven-year-old. And the shoes I stash under my bed from back when I could wear cute heels: ancient. I’m starting to feel not as new as I used to, and I’m not sure what to think about that. I mean I used to call other people ancient, not be ancient.
But is ancient necessarily a bad thing?
Sure, the new offers the promise of change, real life-change, but can’t the ancient offer just as much?
No one gets up in the morning wanting to be one card short of a full deck. No one dreams of being taken advantage of, of being a fool, or of missing the mark on life. No, we all wake up wanting to get ‘er done with style. We want to be smart, insightful, wise. We want wisdom and wisdom, by definition, is ancient. It’s so ancient that it has stood the test of time and come up on the top of the heap. Thankfully, we belong to something ancient in its truth, the Christian faith, so today I’m offering up 9 ancient pieces of Biblical wisdom from the book of Proverbs that have the power to change your life. Here they are with a brief summary:
1. Hold your plans with open hands – “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” (Proverbs 27:1)
2.Get over it – “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” (Proverbs 19:11)
3. Spend time with righteous friends – “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)
4. Love your enemies – “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,” (Proverbs 24:17)
5. When you are wrong, say it – “Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.” (Proverbs 18:12)
6. Give to those in need – “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” (Proverbs 19:17)
7. Don’t envy others – “Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day.” (Proverbs 23:17)
8. Don’t steal from God; revenge is His – “Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.” (Proverbs 20:22)
9. Grow in peace – “Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.” (Proverbs 17:1)
When we think about the latest piece of technology or innovation we think of how much better our lives will be with this new thing, we see our lives changed by this advancement, but we often look at the old or ancient as having outlived its usefulness; it’s been said, been done, been seen and so it’s not so important anymore. But the ancient truths of scripture will ultimately change our lives more than anything new under the sun. What is your favorite piece of biblical wisdom? Share it with us.
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