Proverbs 20:20-22 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed. Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
Have you ever thought, “My parents are nuts!” You may think I’m talking to teens here, but truth be known, several of us so-called adults have heard our parents say something and thought, “They just don’t understand.” So, we go about doing things our own way only to find out, they knew more than we gave them credit for.
Our verses today go even farther than the occasional choice of doing things our way. It steps over into disobedience and even hatred toward parents.
In the Old Testament, children were stoned for cursing their father. Some people may feel today, since stoning no longer takes place, they can live anyway they want to with no punishment. Do you remember what the bible said about Adam and Eve? They thought they could get away with disobeying God and doing as they pleased too. God said you would surely die. Guess what, they did! They died both physically and spiritually. When God lays down a law, we ought to listen.
One piece of advice my parents shared with me was, “Work hard, keep your nose clean, and you can go places in life.” I did not really understand what a clean nose had to do with anything, but I remembered the work hard part. People try to get rich in so many ways such as casinos, lottery, gambling, and so on. Nevertheless, when someone wins… many others must lose. Today’s verses talk about “Inheritance gotten hastily.” Which simply means received by unfair practice, or not naturally. God does not bless the demise of another. Gambling leads to idleness, pride, and laziness. Therefore, if you gamble, how many people might you ruin by disobeying God? For me to gamble I would disobey my earthly, and heavenly father.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
God gave you a team of experts on how to live life. If you have godly parents, seek their wisdom if you still can. Even unsaved parents have some wisdom on the knocks of life. Honor your parents, if for no other reason than, GOD SAID SO!
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Jeremiah 39-44 / Proverbs 20:20-22
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Psa. 80-85 / Rom. 13
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