30 May A Proverbs A Day // Proverbs 30
The 30th // Proverbs 30
Well, we are almost to the end of our Proverbs A Day challenge. Here we are on day 30 out of 31. Today is Memorial Day and, as I ride in the car with my husband and baby boy to a family pool party, I can’t help but to be grateful for the sacrifices that were made so that we can live free of persecution, chains and unjust laws.
Today’s reading is not from Solomon. Instead, he chose to share with us the words from Agur, a man who no one seems to know much about. He isn’t mentioned in the Bible until now and isn’t mentioned after, either. I decided to research him and found the following passage, an assumption of who he was based on his teachings in this chapter:
Agur realized God’s wisdom was greater than his own. He understood the temptation of riches. He knew many aspects of life and of God’s creation would remain a mystery beyond his understanding. And Agur knew the importance of controlling anger, avoiding foolishness, and living for God. He encourages his readers to refrain from a life that dishonors God and results in judgment. Rather, Agur promotes living life with a proper fear of God and concern for other people.
You can read more from the above passage here.
One of the biggest takeaways I gained from this chapter is that Agur made a special observation of the habits and actions of most people. This observation is one that I’d have to agree with and one that, once again convicts me to my core to maybe step back and realize that I’m not the center of the universe. His observation is that most people think far more highly of themselves than they actually are [30:11-14].
He talks about how our human nature and how, when God blesses us, we tend to become entitled, expecting more and, eventually, believing that we don’t NEED God [30:9], yet, on the other hand, when don’t have “enough,” we tend to steal and then dishonor our God. We forget the basic necessity that God created both the served and the servant and that we BOTH are in desperate need of God [30:10]. He talks about our greedy nature [30:14-16] and how we, along with a few natural disasters [30:15-16], never say “enough.”
There are four small creatures,
wisest of the wise they are—
ants—frail as they are,
get plenty of food in for the winter;
marmots—vulnerable as they are,
manage to arrange for rock-solid homes;
yet they strip the field like an army regiment;
lizards—easy enough to catch,
but they sneak past vigilant palace guards.”–Proverbs 30:24-28
He mentions the ant, the locust, the lizard and the marmot and talks about their wisdom, despite how small and lowly they are. Through quick-thinking, strength and hard work, these creatures, ones you hardly ever think of, do great things you’d never know about [30:24-28]. He then mentions the lion, the rooster, the billy goat and a king and how proud they are [30:29-31]. These four animals could not be more different than the four mentioned above… He follows it up with a warning, saying that if you’re dumb enough to call attention to yourself by offending people, don’t be suprised if you get a broken nose in a fist fight [30:32-33].
It’s evident that Agur believes that the biggest downfall in man is our pride.
Today, I pray that I remember the ant, the marmot, the lizard and the locust and work quietly towards my goals and achieving success. Today, I pray that when I reach that success, I give the glory to God, where it belongs and that I remember that He created me and He makes everything possible. Today, I pray that the wisdom gained in this month-long, Proverbs A Day challenge carries me through this life and that it may become my arsenal of knowledge with which I navigate this world.