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Lesson # Prov. 11:29
Study Material - Prov. 11:29
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29 He that troubleth [akar] his own house [bayith] shall inherit [nachal] the wind [ruwach] : and the fool [eviyl] shall be servant [ebed] to the wise [chakam] of heart [leb] . KJV-Interlinear
29 He who troubles his own house will inherit wind, And the foolish will be servant to the wisehearted. NAS
There are two views of abuse and irresponsibility in management affairs. There is the extreme earnest in the pursuit in worldly affairs, which includes all aspects of ones life (family, business, work, social, etc.). And there is the indifferent and careless attitude toward these things. Both of these extremes yield profits to the individual which amount to nothing.
In the former, the person is intense in most of his affairs. He is strict and abusive. He is penny wise, and the pennies are his priorities. The little things (worldly things) are important, and the big things (spiritual concepts) are ignored or avoided.
On the other side of the coin, there is the foolish person. He tends to be careless in most of his affairs, or maybe a carefree attitude is more descriptive. Irresponsibility is characteristic of his behavior. This person is the pound foolish side of this scenario. He has a lascivious attitude toward life (worldly games) and disregards the responsible side of life (spiritual indifference).
Both are irresponsible in life in that their priorities are set wrong. The first is a hustle, hustle, hustle type with no patience, no people skills. He might be a very bright person, but is extremely intolerant of those who are not quite as quick wited. This is a poor leader type of personality. He yells a lot, demands a lot, but does not communicate very effectively, what his wishes are.. His focus is on the narrow task before him, and not on the wide picture which encompasses many other related things.
In the work place, the environment will be tense every time this person is around. In the home life, the same applies. The person is never satisfied. He sees everyone else's flaws, and perceives himself as being the only one to get things done. He'll go ballistic over a sock laying on the floor (the penny wise approach), and disregard the rest of the room which happens to be clean. Stress is always looming over this person.
The foolish person is the opposite. They are never around when you need them. They are off doing whatever they deem important, and that almost always means that the really important issues in life are ignored. The sales manager may be off on long lunches, as customers come and go without buying. This is detrimental to a business. This person when in a management position may arbitrarily decide to either do their job or not, depending on their feelings of the moment.
The results? Both never achieve their goals. They receive only wind for their efforts or lack thereof, and the wind is nothing you can hold. On the one hand there is the hustle, hustle, hustle and nothing is accomplished but frustration. On the other hand life passes away with irresponsibility resulting in loss of whatever one has, resulting in poverty and subordination to others for meager, just barely enough to live on, wages.
The one who would be boss sets his environment into anarchy. The one who would have the carefree, easy life, becomes a slave and ends up in great hardship.
Now the spiritual application. Your soul is the house in which you live. How you deal with your very own house will determine the nature of the environment in which you will live.
We, each one of us, are in a courtroom. We are condemned. The trial is over and the jury has considered all the evidence. They enter, and you arise to hear the sentence. 'Guilty.' The Judge turns to you and pronounces your punishment. 'Death.' You are bound and led away, but before you leave the courtroom, a man steps forward and makes a statement to the court. 'I will take the place of the accused and receive his punishment on myself.'
The courtroom is stunned. The judge hears the argument and considers the qualifications of the man. The judge is convinced and the man is bound and scheduled to be executed in your place. You are set free.
The judge turns to you an states that your new found freedom comes with a price - the life of the one who is taking your place. You are to accept his substitution and your freedom will be extended forever, or if you do not accept his substitution, then you will be scheduled for yet another sentence for your rejection of the courts ruling. Further, the judge advises you that you have been given a new lease on life, with assets in which you may invest in order to profit greatly in life and in eternity, or you can be irresponsible and make no profit.
Those are our options. We have three capital assets which God gave each one of us - doctrine, time and volition. We can either pursue them with responsibility and win in life, or we can pursue the attributes of the world with great vigor and lose everything. We can be indifferent to God, or indifferent to the world and lose as well.
There is nothing wrong with hustling in this world so long as you have your spiritual priorities set right. With God you will learn and develop skills of patience and leadership. Without God you will become a whirlwind around which no one would want to be.
There is nothing wrong with being relaxed in life so long as you have God in your life. As such you will be responsible, and do that which is necessary in order to get your jobs done properly. Without God, then you will lose track of everything that is necessary in life and you'll lose all. The easy life which God promises will never come to you, though yo pursue it in your lazy attitude toward life.
For both attitudes, the intended goals will never be achieved, because the world can never give that which you pursue. But with God in your life, then those goals will pursue you. A very stark difference.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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