August 27 2013: Proverbs 27
General wisdom throughout the whole chapter, reflecting various applications in life.
Proverbs 27:8 reminds us that we have a place that we belong, and would do well to stay close to it. This is not completely against moving, but think about the societal degradation that comes from a no-roots culture. Don’t know one? Turn on your TV, American, and you’ll see one. It’s us. A person far from home is vulnerable and must become self-sufficient.
This verse also evoked an image in my mind of the Ugly Duckling Fable. You have a swan that is out of the nest and learns the wrong thing: she learned duck things. She thought she was a duck—and she was a swan! Those who are too far out learn the wrong things.
Proverbs 27:18 reminds us to be faithful in our work. There’s more depth there, regarding watching over the business entrusted to you by a boss or superior. That’s worth remembering, work well and honor will come.