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Friday, March 12, 2010

Devotional Friday - "Working Hard At Being Worthless"

Devotional Friday

"Working Hard At Being Worthless" by Pastor Rick Klueg from The Baptist Church of Northville

Working Hard At Being Worthless - Proverbs 16:27

A worthless man digs up evil,
While his words are like scorching fire.
Perhaps one of the worst insults that might be given to a person is to call him worthless. Think of what it means when you hear it said of someone, “He/she is never going to amount to anything!” We are all created in God’s image, with a tremendous capacity to live a meaningful, productive life. This is why it means so much for people that their lives count for something. What a needless tragedy, then for any human life to amount to nothing. Worse yet to think that a person would work hard to end up a net negative, making the world a worse place instead of a better one!
The Hebrew phrase translated a worthless man is literally a man of worthlessness. The term indicates something that is useless and unproductive, and is even detrimental to the general good. Unfortunately, there are some people who fit this description. The first thing this proverb says is that such a person digs up evil. The word for “digging” is used elsewhere in the Old Testament of people who dig pits to make traps for innocent victims (e.g. Psalm 57:6). What strikes me is that the worthless man goes through such effort to dredge up the negative and the nasty. That same effort could be used to dig up good things, in which case his life would amount to something positive.

This proverb zeroes in on one aspect of the life of a worthless man. He makes the world around him a worse place because his words are like scorching fire. This reminds us of the warning given in James 3:6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. Evil speech devastates the speaker and ruins his own life, while at the same time wreaking havoc on those around him.

This proverb is not just making an observation, it is issuing a warning and giving a challenge. It is a warning to watch out for people like this. There are people in this world who are digging for evil, and may well use whatever they dig up to pull you down. It is also a challenge to not be this way yourself. David makes the commitment in another Psalm, The deeds of faithless men [same word in the Hebrew, worthless men] I hate; they will not cling to me (Psalm 101:3). Do not be a worthless man, but make your life count for something good!

Biblical Doctrine: Anthropology – Each of us has been created in God’s image and placed in this world to “amount to something” good.

My Responsibility: Amount to something good!

Question: Why do people invest so much effort to dig up evil?

Prayer: Lord, may I set before my eyes no unclean thing. Help me to hate the deeds of worthless men, that their deeds will not cling to me (cf. Psalm 101:3).


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