Have you seen the guy that is about to go out and stopped him because there is something wrong with the car? Or the guy that gets stopped because a buckle is loose. I have seen several times when other crews have helped another guy that if they did not help would have been or could have been a damaged car or driver.
I have several family members and friends that work in hospitals and emergency services. They want to help others and that is what they do.
So what happens if the driver will not stop and get the help that is needed? They get hurt right?
What about those that are in the medical field? What if the patient will not listen and if they would listen there could be a good outcome? If they don’t listen death is right ahead.
We would feel bad that they did not listen and were safe right?
Well, think about this. There are millions of people that have heard the gospel and turned a deaf ear and numb heart to the LORD as He calls them in. What a sad deal to think that the rejection of Jesus will lead a person in to hell for eternity. The first example could be serious and so could the second but the last example is more than serious, it is vital, it is critical. I hope no one reading this is in that category but there is a chance there is. If so, please turn to Jesus in repentance and humbleness. Place your faith and trust in Him.
Proverbs 20:12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both.
God has given us hearing and sight and wants us to use them responsibly. What are you listening to? What are you watching and seeing? What are you filling your heart and mind with?
Proverbs 20:13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
We have talked about this prior in Proverbs. There is a balance needed between too much and too little sleep. It would be worth your time to really seriously consider where you land on this.
Proverbs 20:14“Bad, bad,” says the buyer, but when he goes away, then he boasts.
Here again is an echo on how to conduct your business. Are you honest and truthful in how you do business? If you sell by weight are you honest on the scales? If you bill by the hour, are you honest about the time spent on the project?
Proverbs 20:15 There is gold and abundance of costly stones, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
Think about this country and the saying going around about knowledge increasing so fast now compared to years ago, what are they talking about when they say knowledge? What we want is to know Jesus. To know God. How purposeful were you today to know Him?!
Proverbs 20:16 Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger, and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners.
Again we are warned on who and what to pledge. What we tie our money to. Where we place faith. Are you careful or kind of freewheeling with these things?
Proverbs 20:17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.
Did you listen carefully to that verse? God gives us a clear word picture here that is hard to miss. “So don’t!”, I am saying to myself. How do you obtain the income you have and the things you have. Honestly or deceitfully? Critical question and answer.
Proverb 20:18 Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war.
I cannot emphasize this strongly enough or enough times, and again, speaking to myself more than anyone else – have good people around you. People you trust, that will look out for you, that will ask the tough questions, that will encourage you when needed,… The person that will be truthful in love. Not the person that agrees with you all the time because that too will be dangerous.
Proverbs 20:19, 21 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler. An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning will not be blessed in the end.
We have talked about it before but another echo, be careful around the talker, the guy that just never stops to listen. Remember, they don’t know they are foolish and the lies and babble is worthless. They are convinced they and their words have value. SO, speak the truth and escape if you know what I mean.
Proverbs 20:20 If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.
Echo and echoes back to the Ten Commandments. This teaching is not very popular right now. Honor your parents. God promises. Don’t miss it. Be a radical young person and obey and honor your parents.
Proverbs 20:22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
Did you hear that warning, promise and statement?
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
I know we have talked about it before but like Proverbs I want to echo. Character is important. When you think of character what comes to mind? What do you look for in others? I want to see trust, humility, truth, honesty, gentleness yet a firm stand on the LORD and His Word. I want to see uprightness, integrity, strength, moral fiber that does not waver from agreeing with the LORD. Do any of those words sound familiar? They should. Most have been touched on in Proverbs if not harped on and echoed.
Now the tough question, you knew it was coming, Does God and others see those characteristics in you?
Proverbs 20:2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life.
Think of the privilege we have of living in the USA. We really cannot understand this verse like many people in many other countries do. They understand that so many are murdered by the government. We need to thank God for the country He has placed us in and pray for those in persecuted countries.
Proverbs 20:3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.
Do you have to get the last word (out of your mouth or mind)? Do you have to bark or bite back? DO you have to go tell ten people about the other guy or gal? Stop, it is sin and we don’t want to be known by it. It will not build friendships or trust.
Proverbs 20:4 The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
We have to put the effort, the work in. If we want to change our life or family we have to get this. We can talk about change and even want it but until we put the fork down and put the running shoes on we are going to struggle with gluttony. Until we stop going to the mall, or web sites we are going to continue to over spend. Until we get the bottle out of the house we are going to keep drinking. You get the picture. It takes hard, focused, intentional work to see through to victory by the Lord and Spirit.
Proverbs 20:5 The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
What is in your heart? We have talked about purpose and heart. Our words and actions are going to reflect what is in our heart. What do those around you see?
Proverbs 20:6 Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?
Will God find you faithful? Serious question? Answer honestly. Stop and think on this.
Proverbs 20:7 The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him!
Eight times in Proverbs we are going to hit on integrity. Here we find a powerful statement. You can be a blessing to your children if you will be found as one known for their integrity. Don’t miss giving your children and family this gift.
Proverbs 20:8-9 A king who sits on the throne of judgment winnows all evil with his eyes. Who can say, “I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin”?
How are you answering that question right now? Are you found pure? Truthful? What do you do if you answer, “No, I am not pure. No, I am not truthful. But I want to be.”? The first step is to confess the sin to God and accept His punishment. Then repent of the sin. That is to turn away from it and replace it with truth and purity. Find a good accountability partner and make sure you don’t put yourself in situations where the sin can fester. Remember the battle will be on so be prepared and don’t give up ground.
Proverbs 20:10 Unequal weights and unequal measures are both alike an abomination to the Lord.
Back to that word – abomination. This time it is tied to honesty in weights and measure, business. God takes fudging the numbers seriously. Do you?
Proverbs 20:11 Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
Forget black lives matter. They do but that would be a half truth. To God every life matters. God also would say, “Character matters!” He is bringing us back to the purity and uprightness that was often spoken of in the beginning of Proverbs. Do you remember the questions? Do you remember how important this is to our LORD? Critically important. Vital to your relationships.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
Today is the 15th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in America’s history. I know God views nations differently than we do. He has one nation – Israel – that He has called out. We do want to remember those families and friends that lost loved ones. We want to remember and pray for the soldiers, firefighters, emergency workers and police that serve daily and year after year. They have a difficult job and responsibility.
I want to switch subjects at this time and think about the USA. There is a tremendous need in this country. God can’t be pleased when He looks at this country. When He sees the rebellion we have, when He sees the disregard for His Word, when He sees the two candidates we have for president, when He sees what is being taught in schools, when He sees how we are misrepresenting Biblical marriage, when He sees how we are not in line with His doctrine on gender, when He sees how we view life as disposable, and the list goes on, He cannot be pleased.
This is a call to repent, to turn away from self and sin and turn to God. Please hear me. Individually we have to turn from this filth because at some point God is going to place a heavy hand and judgement on us if we continue on this path. It will lead to destruction. Listen to these verses.
Acts 3:19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,
Revelation 3:3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.
Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.
Psalm 34:14 Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Echo in 1 Peter 3:11
So as we think about 911, think about your relationship with God the Father, the Son, the Spirit. Have you bowed and surrendered to Him and are you seeking to obey Him and His Word?
Again to those that serve as soldiers, firefighters, emergency workers and police, Thank you!
Proverbs 19:24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth.
Have you been busted in tech? The question is what are you going to do? How are you going to react? This is going to speak volumes to the tech guys, other competitors and fans. How about when there is a bad call. I know that happens but the reaction, our reaction is what counts and might be why God puts us in that situation. How about when the other guy just wrecks you? Stop and really think about that.
Stopping and thinking is key in those three situations because if you are like me, the first thing out of my mouth is not going to be pleasing to the LORD sorry to say.
Proverbs 19:25-26 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge. He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother is a son who brings shame and reproach.
Speaking to all children, notice no age is given so that means all of us. Do right by your parents. I know that not all have Christ-following parents but still we need to love them and find a way to obey them while obeying the Lord. We need to honor them while not sinning. We need to feed them truth yet in gentleness and respect and not pushing them down and away but up and near. They should know we truly love and care for them because of what Jesus has done for us and in us.
Proverbs 19:27 Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
My heart is heavy when I pause at this verse and think of the families I have seen destroyed because of selfishness and refusing to listen to instruction from the Lord or those who stray from the truth. It is so important that in our homes we are teaching the Word of God and it is echoed in the church. Side bar, think about when you send your child off to school or work. A) Are they prepared? B) Are you talking about what is taught on a deep level not just, “how was your day?” “Good”, next… We have to stop and talk about what is going on. If they are in public school they are under an agenda that includes evolution taught as fact; the LBGT lifestyle is normal and right; purity does not matter and rebellion is ordinary and accepted along with lying, greed, chasing power, being a bully. There is much more to think about together.
Proverbs 19:28 A worthless witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.
Listen carefully to the words of this verse. In a country crying for justice there certainly is a lack of those seeking the LORD and His truth. Read this slowly – We are making a mockery of truth and justice. There is way too much desire for sin and unfortunately I am speaking of in the church and out of it. Take a stand for the truth and God’s Word. We must not go silent even if soon it will probably land us in jail or at the least fines, just look to the east and the north and we see this being lived out.
Proverbs 19:29 Condemnation is ready for scoffers, and beating for the backs of fools.
First remember that man put the chapters, verse, breaks in the Bible. This verse really flows into the next. There is punishment ahead for those unwilling to bow before Jesus. This is true. Don’t be in that category of people. If you have never bowed your heart and life to Jesus as LORD do it right now. Don’t add Jesus to your life, surrender to Him.
Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
See why I wanted to include this with the verse of chapter 19? We have all seen the person just wondering around in life and you wish they would embrace the truth of their addiction and lack of direction. Jesus is the only answer. Take it from someone that personally knows.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
This week the racing community lost several friends including Kevin Laatsch and Matthew Schuh. Our condolences goes out to family and friends. May God strengthen and comfort.
It is a good reminder that we need to love those around us and let them know that as we don’t know how long we have been given by the LORD and it also reminds us to be right with God. We need to have a saving relationship with Him on His terms. Don’t miss that, it is vital, critical, eternal.
The car starts up. You hear it but think nothing of it except a car started and you are excited to hear they are ready to go. Another person is a little bit more in tune and they know who it is just by the sound of the motor. Another person hears the motor start and can tell you what kind it is, who built it, and hears the miss or that a valve has an issue or it is a few laps from expiring. See the attention to detail and the focus of each person.
The same goes for people and how their relationship is with the LORD. One knows there is a God. One knows details about God. One knows God in a close personal relationship. That my friend is a good example of salvation. It take the one with a close personal relationship combined with surrender and repentance to the LORD to be saved. I hope you have been saved, are being save, am saved. If not, today would be a great day to trust in the LORD and place your life and faith and trust in Him.
Proverbs 19:15 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.
There are not too many racers that would fit this category. It takes long hours to get a car repaired each week. But there are many things we can work on for long hours. I hear kids say how they did not get any sleep because they were working so hard. Right! Ok, maybe not. See we can work hard for a lot of things and have them come out to not be that valuable. Unless we are doing things of eternal value it is for nothing.
Proverbs 19:16 Whoever keeps the commandment keeps his life; he who despises his ways will die.
Did you keep the commands today? Ok, maybe the question should be do you know what the commands are? We should know and we should think about the commands of the LORD. They should be important not because we want to earn but because we love the LORD and want to be pleasing to Him.
Proverbs 19:17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
Are you intentional at giving to the poor? Why? Why not? If our heart is right in giving God promises to bless us.
Proverbs 19:18 Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.
I get tired of disciplining the kiddos. It just is not fun. Yet I know it is right and I know it is right for the LORD to discipline me. Do you thank God for His patience with you? I know I do! Remember, where discipline stops love stops and we don’t want that.
Proverbs 19:19 A man of great wrath will pay the penalty, for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again.
Back to giving and a principle. We have to be in prayer and following the LORD closely or we will give from the flesh. God can use that but we can also err in our giving. That is not, repeat, that is NOT an excuse to not give.
Proverbs 19:20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.
It has been a few since we heard this echo. How did you do this week in listening and obeying those in authority over you? How did you do at listening to the LORD God? Did you stop this week at all? We can be so busy in life that we never slow down enough to stop and listen to God. Be intentional this week and take 5 minutes to be quiet and stop everything and listen to God. Be brave and take 10 minutes, 15 minutes,… It will do your soul well.
Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
Same question as before when we hit this theme, what were your plans based on this week? Did you plan to be in God’s Word, to obey Him to worship Him? To be a true friend? Now compare them to the last time we ran into this challenge. Is there growth? I hope so.
Proverbs 19:22 What is desired in a man is steadfast love, and a poor man is better than a liar.
The A.V. puts it this way, “The lust of a man is his shame.” That is as clear as it gets in Scripture and echo the purity theme we have seen in Proverbs. Stop and think about this. This translation too has power that in the depths of our heart we really are looking for true love yet there is a battle in the depths of the heart that we love self first and foremost. DO you recognize the battle in your own heart and life?
Catch the end of this verse too. BE TRUTHFUL! It is better than the riches of this world.
Proverbs 19:24 The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.
Number 14 of 21 times this will appear in Proverbs. I have asked that we pay attention to each one and we stop and think, stop and worship, stop and let this sink deep into our heart and soul. Listen to the power of #14, it leads to life, brings rest and satisfies and it protects. This is powerful then, now and in the future.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,