The Wise Man – Part 1

Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”


Hebrews 10:24 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”


When my two oldest grandsons were teenagers I helped to invest in an IPhone with the challenge that the three of us would go through a program to sharpen one another, and to hold one another accountable. The program would consist of three things and we could text one another (using our IPhone).


The three things centered on the physical, spiritual and mental. So for five days a week lasting for six months (it takes about that amount of time for a habit to be formed) we would be texting one another daily what we did physically. And since both of them were playing football and going to the gym they had plenty of exercise for the body. They (as well as myself) would also text what we read in the Bible that morning and then thirdly the thought that God gave us through our reading. I am now doing this with my son-in-law, holding one another accountable in these three areas. Why? So that we might sharpen as well as spur one another on especially now with ‘that day’ approaching.


The reason that I mention this is that now in my quiet time I am beginning to read through Proverbs because it is such a practical book about the art of living. Several years ago I did this with Ecclesiastes and you can go to our ‘teaching page’ and read what was written in this series.


For example, this morning here is what I texted my son-in-law:


Physical: Nordic walking, pushups and standups. Spiritual: Proverbs 1:2-4 “for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young—.” Thought: Wisdom, discipline, understanding, prudence and knowledge are needed to do that which is right, just and fair. Today in all of society and in all professions there is such a need for the characteristics mentioned above. Where can we find them? Here in the Word of God. I stand on the Word.”


I want to challenge you to get a partner (wife, children, colleague, etc.) to spur one another on in God’s Word and prayer.


May God bless!




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