Idle Time

Proverbs 16:27 Living Bible (TLB) Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece.

We find ourselves with endless hours of nothing new to do during this court ordered shelter in place. Here is an exercise of a Godly variety. Check out this scripture for accuracy of translation. All are Proverbs 16:27.

CEV – Worthless people plan trouble. Even their words burn like a flaming fire.

ERV – Troublemakers create disasters. Their advice destroys like a wildfire.

ISV – A worthless person concocts evil gossip— his lips are like a burning fire.

MSG – Mean people spread mean gossip; their words smart and burn.

NARBE – Scoundrels are a furnace of evil, and their lips are like a scorching fire.

TPT – A wicked scoundrel wants to dig up dirt on others, only to spread slander and shred their reputation.

Which one of these translations have you heard the most? TLB right? There are a variety of expressions here trying to make sense of this proverb to reach a wide variety of personalities, types, and social groups. How many of these passages miss the mark of translation standards? You would have to know a little Hebrew wouldn’t you? Because we are not all fluent in Hebrew, we rely on translators. Which of these are wide of the mark?

There will be some who say, “What does it matter?” If man takes liberty to tell us what God meant to say, are we listening to man or God? Interpretations have to meet a certain standard of accuracy in order to not change God’s message to us. God speaks through the bible, so it does matter. Just because something sounds good does not make it right. Just because something is quoted often does not make it the word of God.

Notice I did not quote other popular bible versions because they say the same thing. There is consistency of content among those bible versions which should be reassuring to any reader that those translations are accurate.

Thank you for spending a moment of your shelter in place with me.

Set Aside

Matthew 20:17 (ESV) And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them,

Jesus took His disciples to a private place to share information with them that served a purpose. It is obvious to us now because all this has been revealed in His Word. At the time that Jesus set them aside it served a personal purpose that was meant for just those disciples for that specific time.

I do not deny that we all love to share what the Lord has said to us. He does so with purpose. In my past I have been zealous to share and my words fell on deaf ears. I had not seen the purpose behind that which was revealed to me. Wisdom not only comes with age, it also comes by making mistakes. Those mistakes were made because I had not found my purpose in kingdom living.

Hebrews 5:14 (ESV) But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Serving God’s purpose is good. Serving self-interests is wrong.

Have you discovered your purpose in Christ? I am not talking about your purpose in life. I am talking kingdom living which is not the same. I once thought my purpose in life was my job and then I had children. Then I thought my purpose in life was being a father. Then I was saved and I thought my purpose in life was to learn everything I could about God.

If you see the trend towards believing what you think, I have made my point. People change and what people see as important changes. Part of that is maturity and part of it is circumstance. We do not all mature at the same rate. We do not all have the same circumstances.

Finding your purpose in Christ provides stability that living in the world cannot provide.