The answers to our troubles are found in the Bible
“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.” – Proverbs 3:13-15
Yes, that’s the book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God.
Jesus can never fail, no, no, no! Jesus can satisfy, yes, yes, yes! I am back to my early childhood with the times spent at Bible Class, Tuesday evenings at the Mission Baptist Church on Hay Street.
It was the time when my late father, Reuben E. Cooper, Sr. gave a group of young men from the surrounding area and the nearby East Street Gospel Chapel, the opportunity to, as I look back on my life, “practice” for the gospel ministry. When I say “practice”, those old enough can identify.
There were young men like Errol Jackson; Leonard Mallory and his brother, Alfred; Hartley Thompson; James Shearer; and Roy Grant. Today these names are enshrined in the history of the Chapel of East Street. But you know, and I salute them, they were focused on teaching us the Bible, memory verses, and choruses, and not using the opportunity to cart off the youth to their church. But, even if they had that in mind, they all knew the man in charge.
Today, it is a different story as many religious shepherds are diminishing the number of sheep in the fold, while parent shepherds are away to Bethlehem to witness what had been told them by the “angel”.
In recent times in our nation, we have been experiencing the changing scenes of life — in sorrow, uncertainty, disappointment, frustration, anxiety and fear of what tomorrow would hold! But for all these natural foes that beset us, there is sufficient balm in Gilead for the healing of the nation. Just, for God’s sake, don’t panic.
The Book of Proverbs, traditionally considered to have been written by Solomon, the son of David, is composed of wise sayings expressed in short maxims and in reality are for the guidance of the people. Kathy Collard Miller’s Book “The Useful Proverbs,” should be in the hands of every leader, student and citizen. Proverbs for anger and conflict, communication, discipline, correction and instruction, employment, financial matters, friends and enemies — and the list goes on and on.
The answer to all of our varied and troubling situations are found in the Word of God. How many times those who lead in whatever capacity, have not the slightest answer to the problems at hand. Today our text says it all — wisdom and its capable partner, understanding — have the answers.
An unknown person wrote the second Ten Commandments.
Thou shall not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.
Thou shall not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never come to pass.
Thou shall not cross bridges before you come to them, for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.
Thou shall face each problem as it comes. You can only handle one at a time anyway.
Thou shall not take problems to bed with you, for they make very poor bedfellows.
Thou shall not borrow other people’s problems. They can better care for them than you can.
Thou shall not try to relive yesterday for good or ill, it is forever gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life and be happy now.
Thou shall be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own. It is hard to learn something new when you are talking, and some people do know more than you do.
Thou shall not become “bogged down” by frustration, for 90 percent of it is rooted in self-pity and will interfere with positive action.
Let us resolve in times like these to put God to the test through the adhering to his Word.