Garbage in Garbage Out

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 15

Gold Nugget
Verse 2: “The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.”

Commentary
“You can’t squeeze blood from a turnip.” “You can’t squeeze apple juice from an orange.” “You can’t squeeze money from a broke man and you can’t get wisdom from a fool.” These old sayings lines up perfectly with today’s “gold nugget”. When you squeeze a turnip you get turnip juice, apple juice from an apple and folly from a fool. Expecting anything to come out of something or someone other than its “contents” is useless. This goes for us expecting anything out of people that are made up of evil or foolish devices as well as it goes for us who allow the same into our lives. Once a friend of mine and I were discussing our liking classic rock. Although some of it is just blatantly ungodly, some of it is relatively harmless. We both agreed that the reason we limited our exposure to it is because of our desire to put good, healthy, encouraging things into our spirit. It is important that we consider our “contents”. Consider the words of Paul in Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Paul knew what Jesus taught concerning the contents of a person. He knew that in order to ensure good things would come out of the believer; good things would have to be put into the believer. This is an altering of our contents.

What is it exactly that Jesus taught concerning this that Paul was building upon? It’s all found in The Sermon on the Mount. Jesus says, in Luke 6:43-45 “For there is no good tree that bears decayed fruit, nor on the other hand does a decayed tree bear good fruit. For each tree is known and identified by its own fruit; for figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor is a cluster of grapes picked from a bramblebush. The upright man out of the good treasure in his heart produces what is upright, and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

We think we just choose what comes out of us. Actually, that isn’t true. We don’t choose what comes out of us, “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”, we choose what goes into us. What are your “contents”? Examine what it is you are putting in and you will know. Remember today’s “gold nugget”, “The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.”

Prayer
Lord, I know sometimes I don’t guard what comes into my mind and my spirit. Help me to be more cautious of what I watch, listen to and contribute in. I want my contents to be something of value that you wouldn’t be hurt to see overflowing from me. Amen


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