Today’s Scrip-Bit 23 June 2020 Jeremiah 13:15.

Jeremiah 13:15.     Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the Lord hath spoken. 
 

‘Turn, turn, turn!’ Oh friends, remember that popular sixties song written by Pete Seeger and made famous by the British band ‘The Byrds’? Oh, I forgot that some of you might be too young to remember! (smile) You can look it up on You Tube though. And yes, it was based on Cousin Sol’s marvellous and ever so true words from Ecclesiastes 5: ‘A time for Everything.’ Oh my people, those words are ever so important and appropriate for these troubled days. Hear them nuh, and please take them to heart. 

‘To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born (to bear), and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 

A time to get (gain), and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend (tear apart), and a time to sew (sew together); a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to LOVE, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.’ (Eccl. 5:1-8) 

Oh friends, oh friends, right now our world is so filled with turmoil, adversity, hate, war and tearing apart, of throwing stones, of weeping and mourning, that if we seriously hope to survive, we desperately need to turn it around and instead make it a time of LOVE, healing, sewing together, of peace, of gathering stones, of embracing, and building up, so that we can eventually laugh and dance together! As the song says, ‘What the world needs now, is LOVE, sweet LOVE!’ That’s the ONLY thing of which we have a real shortage! 

But then again, how can we ever find that abundance of true LOVE that we need to make our world livable and sustainable for our descendants eh? Only ONE Way, and from ONE Place! By turning back to Almighty God, the ONE and ONLY LIVING GOD! He of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! Because we’ve turned away from Jehovah God, our Creator and Provider, and become dependent on our own inferior and finite wisdom, our world has fallen apart! It’s obvious that we are not fit, either in mental or emotional acumen to successfully rule ourselves. 

When God gave us free will, He expected us to see that and remain under His august umbrella of safety, freedom, peace and LOVE! But when we got so big and bright and full of ourselves, we decided that we no longer needed Him. But my people, that’s the furthest thing from the truth! How can we not need the One who made us and keeps us alive and kicking through His breath of Life eh? But the long and short of the story is this my bredrin! 

As Jeremiah told his people of Israel when they were turning away from God and experiencing the same sort of calamity and disaster like we’re now doing: ‘Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the Lord hath spoken. Give glory to the Lord your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness.’ (Jer. 13:15-16) 

Yes people, the Lord is giving us a serious warning and we need to heed it without delay, otherwise we might end up like Israel, who did not listen. ‘But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the Lord’s flock is carried away captive. Say unto the king and to the queen (queen mother), Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down (your rule shall collapse), even the crown of your glory.’ (Jer. 13:17-18) 

And that is exactly what’s happening right now friends, the proud, evil rulers and leaders are beginning to lose their power and their glory under the simultaneous onslaught of pandemic sickness and worldwide unrest. These things have never happened together on such a worldwide scale before this, and any fool ought to see it as a serious warning of some kind. A warning that things are not right in our world and we need to change. 

Now listen to this interesting explanation of the scholars: ‘13:15-17. A third illustration concerns a weary traveller in danger of being overtaken by the falling darkness of night. Such was Judah. It must renounce all pride and give God His rightful glory before the final darkness of national catastrophe engulfs it.’ 

Ah friends, our warning above was Jeremiah’s third example of what would happen to Judah if they did not renounce their foolish pride and return to the God of their forefathers. And, unfortunately, the same thing is being said to us today: we are in danger of being swallowed up in the evil and frightful darkness of the enemy if we don’t swallow our pride and stop trying to turf God out of our society, His Creation! 

And if there’s one thing the Lord hates more than any other is the sin of pride, because it says, shouts out loud, that we don’t need Him! That’s a situation to which He has long ago made clear: ‘I AM the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.’ (Is. 42:8) So for those of us who are currently bowing down to all sorts of ungodly images and idols, please let that be a serious and timely warning! 

And having said all of that, let’s go home now declaring (steups!) our Tuesday Mantra, letting all and sundry know who and whose we are. In strong voice with sincere hearts: ‘In God’s eyes, I’m not what I do. I’m not what I have. I’m not what people say about me. I am the beloved of God, that’s who I am. No one can take that from me. I don’t have to worry. I don’t have to hurry. I can trust my friend Jesus and share His LOVE with the world.  Amen!’ 

So then, let it be, let us go out and do Jesus’ will and share His awesome LOVE and friendship with a dark and unfriendly world! Much LOVE!

…obey God…and leave all the consequences to Him… (Uncle Charles – Dr. Charles Stanley)

Today’s Scrip-Bit 14 November 2015 Proverbs 3:35

Proverbs 3:35.   The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion (the legacy) of fools.

Oh Friends, it’s a frosty Saturday morning in my area, and the wind has been blowing like crazy for the past two days, making it feel even colder. It definitely wasn’t fun going outside to do anything at all. One time I opened my front door and the wind almost blew it out of my hand. You’d be in the house and every so often just hear it whooshing by. Let’s hope the wind settles down today so we can enjoy a calm and restful time. (smile) 

Now check out this situation. This week I got three large plastic bins from the City, ostensibly to put garbage, recyclables and food remains come the 1st of January when those things will be picked every two weeks instead of every week. I don’t even know how I am going to find space in my garage to put those large bins, with two cars and other assorted junk already in there. 

Now what amazes me, is that my property taxes are going up every year but now I am getting less service.  Something about that just doesn’t seem right to me. And when you figure in the cost of three big bins for each household, I’m sure they could have left it as it was and still do the weekly service. 

But our politicians in their wisdom prefer to have three sets of refuse sitting around for two weeks in every home in the region. Can you imagine the stench when you open one of those bins to add more stuff? Ah Lord eh! I know they are going to claim that it is indeed cost effective, and who am I to argue with the mental elite of our city eh? (smile) 

Instead I’ll share some wisdom from our Friend Anselm, who always tries to inspire us for a better tomorrow. This quote tells us to ‘Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.’ 

And it’s all irrefutable truth my people. It’s never wise to make important decisions when we’re angry or sad or in a negative frame of mind, because we tend only see the negatives and overlook the positives in each situation. 

A good example of the first advice comes from Gramps Schuller (Dr. Robert H. Schuller) who tells a story about his father cutting down what seemed like a dead tree as the winter approached, only to see shoots blooming from it the following spring. Recently too, I had my landscaper tell me to cut down a tree in my front yard because it was either dead or dying from some kind of beetle infestation, but I told him to wait until next year and see what happens then. 

Some days life just gets to be too much yes, my brethren, (smile) and that’s why some of us just can’t measure up to the words of our Bit. ‘The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion (the legacy) of fools.’ 

No, it’s not always easy to be wise, especially in a world filled with so much unwise stuff and people. But as followers of Jesus we need to make the supreme effort not to be amongst that lot, for they will try to drag us down to their level. 

Just not believing in Jesus is foolish, as Bruh David proclaims in Psalm 14 – The foolishness of men. ‘The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.’ (Ps.14:1) 

And that is no lie in today’s world Friends, for our societies are all evil and corrupt. A rather small portion of the population is interested in doing good because it’s all about me, myself and I. In other words about selfishness and greed. In a world of such plenty, there should not be so much suffering, and instead of getting better, the situation seems to be getting worse. 

And we’ll continue looking at scripture passages that deal with the foolishness of men. Let’s turn to Proverbs 14, where Cousin Sol continues contrasting the wise and foolish. ‘In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.’ (Prov.14:3) Yes friends, we all know what the sin of pride does to us, but yet still many of us embrace it to the extreme. 

Meanwhile in Chapter 15, he proclaims: ‘The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.’ (Prov.15:2) Now that seems very logical. (smile) 

And in Proverbs 29, Cousin Sol declares: ‘A fool uttereth all his mind (vents all his feelings): but a wise man keepeth it till afterward (holds it back).’ (Prov.29:11) 

Now that is a cause we should all espouse, especially when we get angry, for that’s when we say the most hurtful and foolish things, words we may regret later on, but won’t be able to take back and consequently destroy good relationships. 

And finally, moving on to Ecclesiastes 10, where the Preacher deals with wisdom and folly, we find him confidently proclaiming: ‘The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness (wicked). 

A fool also is full of words (multiplies words): a man cannot tell (no one knows) what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him? The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go the city.’ (Eccl.10:12-15) 

And the scholars offer this explanation of those verses. ’10:12-15. The fool is characterized by much useless talk (vv. 12-14) and by incompetent behaviour (v.15).’ That says it all Friends.  

And what does it say about our society eh, where there’s so much useless talk and incompetence nowadays? I’ll leave that for you to figure out for yourself. (smile) Let’s just try our best not be counted amongst that lot, for we will be doing a great disservice to Jesus’ cause. Much LOVE!

…it is much better to keep quiet and be thought a fool…than to open one’s mouth and truly confirm it…