“Mama, what are you reading? Why aren’t you reading it out loud to us?” my sweet little girl asked as she snuggled up next to me. “Yes, Mama, read, read!” the other one chimed in. I was reading these Proverbs, and so I started reading them aloud to two little girls. I don’t know what they expected me to read, but before long, I noticed they were both asleep!
Now, I’m not saying Proverbs is boring. Not at all! But, there really is so much depth to it. It is so much great truth, but sometimes I get stuck on just how deep it is, and how many different categories there are all at once! (Do you ever feel that way?!) As I re-read these chapters and then went around and around about what to pick to write about, a whole bunch of titles started jumping into my mind. Here are a few of them:
- Fools, Dogs, and Vomit
- Train Up My Child = Christian Child?
- The Sluggard Who Sleeps in his Food
- Newsflash! Wise Children Make Glad Parents!
- Would My Husband Rather Live on the Corner of our Roof or With His Dripping Wife?
- Gluttony and Drunkenness — This Way to Poverty!
- Slander and Flattery vs. Wise Words
- “Answer Not a Fool” and “Answer a Fool” (Study Guide Anyone?)
These are all jam packed with good stuff for a blog post, but I’ve decided I’m going to leave all of those topics for another day, and focus on one tiny verse that brought tears to my eyes, and joy to my heart (I call it a ‘nugget’ of truth):
“…the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.” Proverbs 27:9b
Is there someone in your life who you know will be there to give you ‘earnest counsel’? Do you have a ‘go-to’ person when you’re going through something rough?
I marvel that God has blessed me with such a friend. We met while our husbands were in the Pastor’s College together 7 years ago, and although she lives in Ohio, every time we talk, I don’t have to wonder, but I know what I’m going to get. I know I won’t get ‘flowery’ or ‘flattery’, but I will get honesty and graciousness, and I have been affected lately by the gift of sweetness that comes from her earnest counsel.
If someone comes to your mind as you read this, and has affected your life in this way, would you consider sending them a quick note encouraging them? Let them know how much it means to you to have the sweetness of a friendship that is accompanied by their earnest counsel.
Finally, enjoy the depth of Proverbs, trust God, and, don’t feel condemned if sometimes when you’re reading, you fall asleep! God loves to help us, and he is always faithful to provide us with little ‘nuggets’ when that’s what he knows we need most!