Over the past couple of days, a number of fatal tragedies had occurred in the Philadelphia and suburban communities.
These tragedies are the loss of precious life.
A father, son, brother and grandson no longer will be here on earth because of a senseless crime. A Philadelphia police officer was murdered and now is held as a hero because he put his life on the line to protect others.
Then there is the tragedy of the young 13-year-old boy who resided in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia who ran away due to a matter that dealt with his school work. Three days later, this child was found dead.
Finally, there are the two brothers who are the accused murderers of the Philadelphia police officer who over the years had been in and out of trouble. They too become tragedies.
There are many more human tragedies taking place in this world and we are never so much aware of this fact, until it touches us personally or by way of an acquaintance. That’s why we need to be vigilant and always interceding on behalf of others.
When you read and hear so much about the sudden death of anyone, if you have an ounce of sensitivity, your spirit will grieve because we should know that life is all ready short. But when a tragedy comes, whether at the hand of a stranger or self-inflicted, it should bring tears to your eyes knowing that God never intended for mankind to live this way.
Last night, before retiring to bed, I sat and read Proverbs 1.
I have read this beautiful poetic scripture before but considered necessary to post it today.
If you have someone young in your family you should consider sharing this very scripture with them. However, before doing so, why not read it for yourself.
The instructions of Godly wisdom from God’s mouth to Solomon’s ears during the penning of this scripture should indeed be a guide for our children and grandchildren (even the aged).
Please keep up the families who loss their loved ones in your prayers and may we also pray for those who find themselves willing vessels for evil and violence.
Live to tell it! The Great Commission-Mark 16:14-18
In Him Alone
The Counterfeit Christian
2015 The Year of Our Lord
The Beginning of Knowledge
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
To perceive the words of understanding,
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity;
4 To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion—
5 A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
6 To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Shun Evil Counsel
8 My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you,
Do not consent.
11 If they say, “Come with us,
Let us lie in wait to shed blood;
Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol,[a]
And whole, like those who go down to the Pit;
13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions,
We shall fill our houses with spoil;
14 Cast in your lot among us,
Let us all have one purse”—
15 My son, do not walk in the way with them,
Keep your foot from their path;
16 For their feet run to evil,
And they make haste to shed blood.
17 Surely, in vain the net is spread
In the sight of any bird;
18 But they lie in wait for their own blood,
They lurk secretly for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain;
It takes away the life of its owners.
The Call of Wisdom
20 Wisdom calls aloud outside;
She raises her voice in the open squares.
21 She cries out in the chief concourses,[b]
At the openings of the gates in the city
She speaks her words:
22 “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
For scorners delight in their scorning,
And fools hate knowledge.
23 Turn at my rebuke;
Surely I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
24 Because I have called and you refused,
I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded,
25 Because you disdained all my counsel,
And would have none of my rebuke,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when your terror comes,
27 When your terror comes like a storm,
And your destruction comes like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.
28 “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of the LORD,
30 They would have none of my counsel
And despised my every rebuke.
31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way,
And be filled to the full with their own fancies.
32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil.”