May 22, 2012
Something For Everyone!
Sometimes a concert is advertised as offering "Something For Everyone" because of a variety of music that might be performed. Therefore, in spite of varying tastes in kinds of music, each person may at least find some of it they will like. Due to varying tastes in food a restaurant may also make such an offer so families can dine together regardless of what each person desires to eat. "Something For Everyone" may work to draw people based on their own personal desires. What is most beneficial, however, is that which provides "Something For Everyone" based on their personal NEEDS!
Every time I read through the Scriptures I find something beneficial. Sometimes I am reminded of principles I had read before, but needed to focus on again. Such reminders can serve to encourage and uplift when life's challenges may be intense. Then there are times something completely new is brought to mind I had missed before or that at least made more sense this time around.
As Solomon introduced the collection of Proverbs, he noted that in the study of and learning from them there could be found "Something For Everyone." Those weren't his words, but the expression does seem to be conveyed where we read. . .
"(4) to give PRUDENCE TO THE SIMPLE, KNOWLEDGE AND DISCRETION TO THE YOUTH -- (5) LET THE WISE HEAR AND INCREASE IN LEARNING, and the one who understands obtain guidance," ( Proverbs 1:4-5 ESV)
The "SIMPLE" are those who can be easily swayed, not being fully convinced of what may be true and what may not. Gaining of wisdom would aid the "simple" in exercising "prudence" in life; exercising good sense in their choices by considering the consequences of them.
"YOUTH" need to gain more "knowledge" and learn to exercise "discretion." Sometimes young people launch into things without thinking it all completely through. They sometimes lack "discretion"; good judgment or sensitivity to the impact of their actions on others. Too many times something considered to be a little prank has gotten out of hand and the consequences ended up being serious in spite of no harm actually having been meant. Therefore, learning "discretion" is extremely important.
Finally, even the "WISE" still have more they can learn. The "increase" of knowledge and wisdom for living is to continue as life in this world serves as a lifelong schoolroom. Listening, learning more, and understanding more clearly provides the guidance needed for setting the example for subsequent generations. Spending time in God's Word is to be a daily part of that learning.
I have long loved the expression that "God's Word is shallow enough that the novice will not drown and deep enough that the scholar will never reach the bottom." Yes, "Something For Everyone." God's Word is full of what WE ALL NEED regardless of age or IQ. May we continue to turn to Him for the blessing His Wisdom will daily provide.
Have a great day LOOKING TO THE ONE WHO KNOWS WHAT WE ALL NEED!
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