In this sermon, we open up Proverbs 6:1-11. Here we learn some important lessons for those who would be contributing members of God’s society on earth, the church. We are to be men and women of character, and this includes how we deal with our friends financially, how we deal with money in general, and our work ethic. Our sermon includes a brief section on how the character lessons of Proverbs, given to the people of Israel, are also for us, the church. Come, lets be equipped together!
6:1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
have given your pledge for a stranger,
2 if you are snared in the words of your mouth,
caught in the words of your mouth,
3 then do this, my son, and save yourself,
for you have come into the hand of your neighbor:
go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor.
4 Give your eyes no sleep
and your eyelids no slumber;
5 save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.
7 Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler,
8 she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man. (ESV)