Living in a Covid-19 World #17


A Wise Fool?

Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.

(Proverbs 17:28)

 

Have you ever caught yourself, stopping just short of saying something that you might regret for the rest of your life? There is wisdom in showing restraint in our words, especially as we live during a time of tension and uncertainty.

The Book of Proverbs takes extraordinary pains to discuss the perils of a person who is incapable of controlling their tongue. This 17th chapter is no exception, and the title of “fool” is reserved for them, reflecting the state of their heart.

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Living in a Covid-19 World #16


Change of Plans

To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue. All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD. Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.       (Proverbs 16:1-3)

Have you been forced to change any of your plans this year? We had a great adventure planned, joining our daughter in Norway at the end of the summer and taking a 12-day road trip to explore the Fjords. It was going to be a trip of a lifetime!

We had other plans too – things we wanted to get done and people we hoped to visit. It was all put on hold by Covid-19. We were made painfully aware that we are not in control of things, but equally reminded that God is.

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Living in a Covid-19 World #15


Ruling the Rudder

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly … The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. (Prov. 15:1-2, 4)

The first words of Proverbs Chapter Fifteen reminded me of yesterday’s verse, except that the author begins with a positive statement. It is all about controlling our speech, but this time with a positive bent. The impact of someone who knows how to use their words wisely produces peace, offers up timely knowledge and brings healing.

The Old Testament story of Abigail is a personification of the principle in Proverbs Chapter Fifteen. With one gracious and gratitude-filled statement, she turned David’s wrath into pity; his anger into action that reflected godly character.

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Living in a Covid-19 World #14


 

What are you thirsty for?

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life … (Prov. 14:22)

When was the last time you worked outside, under the hot sun? One of the advantages of the closure of my office due to Covid-19, is that I’m working out of our house. This gives me some flexibility to my schedule, and I’ve been able to get some of the spring yard work done. This week I got my office work done early and took advantage of a sunny afternoon to clean my deck. When the day was done, there was nothing better than pouring an ice-cold glass of refreshing water.

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Living in a Covid-19 World #13


 

In the Company of Godly Friends

Last week I received two phone calls that came completely “out of the blue.” Friends were calling to see how we are coping with all of the changes and challenges of the pandemic world we live in. We talked for a long time, sharing what we were learning and how we were adjusting to everything. It was a joy to spend some time “together.”

Friendships like that enrich us and make us better people. They help us to face tough circumstances and to act with grace and godly character. It is no surprise that we become like the people that we associate with; we become like the people that we hang out with. As we rub shoulders with godly men and women, something rubs off on us.

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Living in a Covid-19 World #12


 

Talk is not Cheap

I watched in shock as a customer tore a strip off the cashier at a local grocery story. He let his anger get the best of him, insisting that it was his right to pay with cash, and that the Debit or Credit Only sign was far too small to expect anyone to read it from the back of the line. He justified his actions, saying, “Aren’t we all a little edgy these days?”

I know that we are all tired of the adjustments and inconveniences of our “new reality” as we live in a Covid-19 world, but is that a good excuse? I think it’s been happening to many people during these days of quarantine.

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Living in a Covid-19 World #11


Generosity: An “Under-the-Radar” Fruit of the Holy Spirit

One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.     (Proverbs 11:23-24)

The news has been filled with stories of empty shelves and panic purchases; people’s reaction to shortages has been anything but exemplar. Many people, when they hear that things are running out, they complicate the situation by running out to get the product, even if they do not need it. It seems that in some cases, Covid-19 has brought out the worst of people.

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Living in a Covid-19 World #10


How Will God Supply My Needs?

The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the cravings of the wicked. Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. (Proverbs 10:2-3)

 

The reality of the Covid-19 World goes beyond self-isolation and physical distancing. It has also led to the closure of our nation’s economy left many people without work and monthly income. It’s a situation where they need to trust God in a new and at times uncomfortable ways.

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Living in a Covid-19 World #9


 

A Fork in the Road

If you are wise your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker you alone will suffer. (Proverbs 9:12)

 

Do you remember the “good old days” and what it was like in our pre-Covid-19 World, when we were able to explore the trails of our parks? We traveled freely and enjoyed God’s marvelous creation.

I used to hike the trails and climb the peaks around Vancouver, back in the days before GPS navigation and smart phones. An upgrade was a steep trail that took you to the peak, and a download was when you added a couple of rocks to your buddy’s backpack on the trip back to the cars.

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Living in a Covid-19 World #8


Treasure Hunters

Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.         (Proverbs 8:10-11)

The news is filled with reports of how people are going to have to adjust to a “new normal” once the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted; doing things differently and valuing protection and a close family circle more than ever. We’ve been forced to restructure and re-evaluate all of the things that we hold dear.

My cousin and I once spent the better part of a week digging a two or three-foot hole around a large stone that we believed was the grave-site of a First Nations chief. The large rock stood overlooking a valley on their farm and, in the minds of two ten-year-old boys, was the perfect marker for a warrior or hero. Our efforts landed us a handful of triangular rocks that might have been arrowheads; or might have been triangular rocks. However, all was not lost; the hours spent seeking treasure were rewarded with rich friendship that was worth more than any archaeological find.

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