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In Pursuit of Wisdom

Proverbs Podcasts 2020 #17

Warren E. Berkley


This is Podcast #17 in this series of brief podcasts based on the book of Proverbs. I post these every Monday. This is being posted on Monday, July 6.

Many years ago, I’m out on a hunting trip with a friend. We get out of the vehicle before dark in the morning, gather up a gear for the hunt. We would walk through some wet boggy land to the blind.

As we gather up our gear, I look over and my buddy has his boots and socks off – spraying insect repellant inside his socks. I had never seen that so I asked. “Why are you spraying insect repellant inside your socks?” And he spoke one word that got my attention: LEECHES.

My response was immediate: “Can I borrow some of that?” I loaded the inside of my socks. We walked out through the wet area to the blind. All good.

I don’t like leeches. I know that all of these dreaded creatures in their various forms and mutations have a purpose in their earthly placement. I just don’t want that placement to be on my body.

Leeches are dreaded little parasites with a mouth that looks like a vacuum cleaner with fangs. Look up those images on Google.

If they attach to your skin, they can draw blood and they seem to never be satisfied with enough.

What does this have to do with the book of Proverbs?

I’m reading Prov. 30:15 from the New Living Translation. “The leech has two suckers that cry out, ‘More, more!’ There are three things that are never satisfied – no, four that never say, ‘Enough’!”

The Bible encourages generosity. God commands His people to be giving, benevolent people. Ready to share and help and donate. Yes.

But this observational proverb warns us. There are some receivers who are not worthy of our generosity. Once we detect that, we need to act with wisdom, to be good stewards of what we have.

In the human world there are people sometimes identified as parasites or leeches. They will take from you to a point beyond the initial damage. They will never get enough of you. They will take your money, your energy, your affection, your assistance – and while giving is a virtue, the Lord expects us to apply wisdom, be watchful and not surrender to leeches.

So, I’ve given you a hunting tip – about what to spray in your socks. And this proverb has given us a life tip. Let’s be wise.

Thank you for listening.

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