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Proverbs 27

Another set of wisdom statements seemingly running all over the place. Lots here on glaring faults, such as presumption, boastfulness, being a jerkhead, having envy; lots on relationships and cultivating friendships; lots on being attentive to signs around you and getting along; lots on diligence and hard work and the difficulty of getting through to folks who can’t or won’t learn anything.

But for me, I was smitten by verse 19 – “As in water face reflects face, so the heart of a man reflects the man.”

Strikes me that we’ve a lot to learn by the people around us who bug or thrill us to no end. When we look into a still pond or a mirror, we don’t actually see ourselves in the water or the glass. We see a reflection of ourselves in the other object. Seems to me that when we’re dealing with other people, the things that really irritate or excite us are often things that reflect some truth about our own hearts. We don’t actually see ourselves in them, but we see a reflection of our hearts bouncing back in terms of our attitudes and approach to those other people.

There was a TV show on recently about con men, and one of the points in the show was that a good con man could always spot another con man. It’s like they had radar capable of zeroing in. We’ve all got that radar in areas, no? The speck we see in that other person is all too often a reflection of the log we’re lugging around.

So, who bugs ya? What are you seeing in them that you spot right away? Could it be that we might be seeing a reflection of us in that person? Maybe our next step is to tell God that we finally see that thing in us He’s seen all along and thank Him for showing it to us in a fresh way. He loves ya, but He’s not going to let ya stay the same, because His glory is ever the more seen when you reflect Him more than you reflect you.

Good thing Proverbs only has 31 chapters. This stuff is tough.

Dwaine Darrah
McLean Campus Pastor

One Response to “Proverbs 27”

  1. This makes me never want to look in a mirror. It’s too painful. Romans 2 speaks of our tendency to do the same thing we find offensive in others. We sure need to get our own house in order.

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