On cold mornings one is tempted to snuggle up in the warmth of the blankets and lie in bed for just a bit longer as I, Mike, did today.
Lying in bed my mind went to what the writer of proverbs had to say. "How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man." (Proverbs 6:9-11)
We may well get a laugh reading this. But what was the context of these verses?
The writer is warning against standing security for someone. He tells us that if have done so, we must not rest in getting the person to meet his/her obligation so that you can be released from the agreement.
"Go—to the point of exhaustion— and give your neighbor no rest! Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids."
Context is important - not only in understanding scripture, but also in life.
The lesson of context for us in daily life is not to jump to conclusions. Find our the facts and then respond appropriately.
One of the sayings of the wise in Proverbs tells us: "By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures."
Mike and Daphne