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In Order. My Insignificant Life

June 22. Proverbs 30 - 31.

 

His name is Agur. An obscure author of a single chapter in the Bible, Proverbs 30.

His name means, 'collector'.

Here is what we know about him…

 

30:2 I am tired out, O God, and ready to die. I am too stupid even to call myself a human being! I cannot understand man, let alone God. 

 

His name is Lemuel. Another obscure author of a single chapter in the Bible, Proverbs 31.

His name means, 'devoted to God'.

Here is what we know about him…

 

31:1 These are the wise sayings of King Lemuel of Massa, taught to him at his mother’s knee:

 

Both of these chapters, as with all of the Proverbs, are full of great truths and nuggets of wisdom. What is unique though is the fact that these were not written by the wisest man to ever live, King Solomon. As a matter of fact, the first one proclaims his ignorance rather than wisdom, knowledge or understanding. That is part of the beauty and life of these Scriptures; the authors are relatively unknown. If we know little about them, how much less we know about this mother who is teaching her son who writes Proverbs 31. She is even more obscure than her son the author. Yet what an impact her teachings to him are having still today.

Here is a great take away from the fact that not much is known of these two authors: Unknown, insignificant as a life might seem if you are a collector of God's truth and devoted to God then your life will have an impact on those who "read" your life's work. Living, breathing, struggling, or simply existing will expose you to wisdom and knowledge that can be valuable for the next person. Your observations of life and your experiences in life can be a great source of wisdom and have a great impact on another life. 

Perhaps they seem like insignificant lives, but they had a name. God knew their names and recorded those names in the writings. God knows your name and just as those names have meaning, your life has meaning and purpose, you are not insignificant and obscure to God and His plan. Collect knowledge of Him. Devote yourself to knowing God. And when you do then your life, like these vague characters from history, will also have an impact on others, and that impact will far outlive your days.

You are not insignificant. Someone needs what you have learned, been taught or observed in life - share it. Make a difference. God knows your name.

 

Allen Owens

Allen Owens is a follower of Christ, husband, father, teacher, preacher, missionary, and adventurer, with a passion to see young people come to Christ as Savior and then wholly commit their lives to...more