Summer Under the Sun
July 18-24 (Pr. 20-23)
Verse 25: “It is a snare to say rashly, ‘It is holy,’ and to reflect only after making vows.” Do any of you have a story that highlights this proverb? Do you think the opposite is equally true, to wait to declare something as holy due to protracted analysis and never commit?
Verse 5 “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” This mindset flies in the face of a consumer, immediate-gratification mindset. What are three practical things you would recommend to guard against this?
“Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.” This seems to parallel the popular parenting quip of “I just want them to be happy”. To be honest, it is easy to fall in the trap of just wanting to be happy personally. What other consequences can you think of that such a philosophy of life leads to other than just financial demise?
Verse 6 “Train up a child in the way he should go’ even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Is the parenting style of training a child different from controlling a child? How so?
Verse 23 “Buy truth, and do not sell it…” Buying something indicates a cost/sacrifice. Do you know the value of truth? How much would you pay for it? What would you give up for it? What are some examples of things you have given up for truth?
The second part directs us not to sell it. Whenever you sell something, you are trading it for something else. Have you ever traded truth for something else? What was it? Was it a good trade? Is there anything worth more than truth?