Read Proverbs 14 (as it is the 14th today) this morning and highlighted a few interesting verses. Below the verses are my own revelations from them.
V4: Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.
A manger is meant for feeding and our Lord Jesus was born in one, meaning He came here to feed us… with His own body. Reminds me of the Holy Communion, where we partake of His flesh and blood to remind us of the divine health we have in Him.
And notice the second part? Abundant harvest comes BY the strength of an ox and in the Bible, one of Jesus depiction is that of an ox. Guess what? Our abundance in life comes from His strength!!
V20: The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.
Hmm… the first time I read it, I thought to myself why would Bible record such a politically incorrect sounding verse?? Until I realized how correctly it reflects the truth of life.
Only when one is blessed can he blesses others. I mean would there ever be a TTSH if Mr Tan Tock Seng was a pauper? The weak can never help the weak.
V30: A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
It reminds us again why we should run our won race and not focus on other people’s success.
V33: Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known.
I realized wise people seldom have the need to prove themselves. They are secured with the wisdom in their heart.
We all have this urge to want to win the arguments and convince everyone else to agree with our point. But usually, it is a futile attempt to try to persuade fools. It is just like trying to teach pigs to sing… you get yourself full of mud and annoyed the pigs.
Solomon might be the wisest man on Earth, but Jesus is THE wisdom.