What I Learned from my Dog – Proverbs 26

It had been my dream, and my husband’s, to some day give our boys a puppy, and when Molly Brown Dog came to our family she was welcomed with gusto. At first I was amazed, even delighted, with the shenanigans she got into.

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Forget that she’d consume what had fallen out of the baby’s diaper, and then try to lick my face. Or chewing up things we’d spent good money on – like the new garden hose. Or the horrible worming project she put us through. She was just a baby, after all.

“As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly” (Proverbs 26:11 NIV).

A few years later we took Molly on a fishing trip, and she obediently stayed in the back of our station wagon. But for some reason, Molly didn’t process information like I thought she would after all our time spent enjoying and training her. She ran off, found a pile of rotting fish on the riverbank, and proceeded to roll in the nastiness.

At first, she came toward me when I called her.

Then she stopped.

She looked longingly at me, then longingly back at the mess, and rejected me in favor of the stink. I was livid! I thought of slimy, smelly fish guts getting spread around the interior of my car, and I decreed to all heaven and nature OUT LOUD, “You. are. not. my. dog.”

And I walked away.

Jerry and I later forgave her, of course, and he cleaned her up. I was still seriously upset. That’s when I decided to thank God I was not a dog.

Proverbs 26 compares many things to a person who is foolish, but the image of my dog “returning to her vomit” stays with me.

“Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them” (verse 12).

PRAYER: Thank you, Lord, that you’ve given me the ability to reject foolishness and learn wisdom. I appreciate the animals you’ve made, wild and domestic. But I’m so happy you’ve made me one of your dear children, and you take the time to teach me. I love you with all that I am. Amen.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

An Irresistible Invitation – Proverbs 9

Wisdom must be something we naturally resist. It’s advertised so often in the book of Proverbs, it makes me wonder.

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“Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city, ‘Let all who are simple come to my house!’ To those who have no sense she says, ‘Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight'” (Proverbs 9:1-6 NIV).

Wisdom is one hard-working lady! She built the house and set the table. Now she solicits guests to come and learn to reason – and live.

“For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer (verses 11-12).

Wisdom is older than dirt, we learned in the previous chapter of Proverbs. Now we learn she’s invested in welcoming us to her table and teaching us to live and learn.

“Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you. Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning (verses 8-9).

I’m hungry for more wisdom, aren’t you?

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

Wisdom is Calling – Proverbs 1

“Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech…”

“…but whoever listens to me (wisdom) will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

Proverbs 1: 20-21 and 33 NIV

These verses make me think of Wisdom being a matronly woman, perhaps dressed like the Statue of Liberty, calling to anyone who’ll listen to come and learn. This image contrasts with my misperception that wisdom is hard to find, or at least hard to acquire. She’s not hiding from me, she’s trying to get my attention. She’s working to give me what I seek, even to the point of yelling. That’s why I want to study a few verses from every chapter in Proverbs this month.

Wisdom will come to my mind if I just hang out with her. I’m going to listen and think hard on what I’m hearing. It’ll be so good!

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by Kathy Sheldon Davis