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“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips. Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both. Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy? Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses. One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.” Proverbs 27:1-7

I feel very blessed because of our topic for Bible Study today. It is funny and wonderful all at the same time how God sends His messages through signs and symbols.

One of the areas which I study in my masters in communication is semantics, which is the science of signs. Every day, we come across signs and symbols and it is a continuous pursuit to assign meaning to them, through the guidance of our own beliefs. In the words of Ivor Armstrong Richards, I shall quote “Meanings don’t reside in words; meanings reside in people.”

I am sharing this because I was inspired by Mr. John Ong’s blog post last April 30, 2015, entitled “Does God Give Signs?” He was on his way home from Makati, and he was narrating how he feels bad about the things happening to him, that he started praying and asking grace from the Lord. He was seeking for affirmation from the Lord and wondering if He could give him a sign, even just a butterfly.

As he was nearing home that same day, cars blocked the intersection, causing him to detour in the streets of Pina Avenue. Just as he was driving, a man pushing cart blocked his way. At the back of the man’s shirt had the words butterfly.

Very inspiring story, right? Sir John may have been on his lowest point that day, but after coming across that sign, his strong faith in the Lord empowered him to believe that God speaks to him through a sign, reminding him of how great he has been doing in his life and career.

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Our topic for today discussed a lot of things like humility, contentment and feeding yourself rightly with the Word. Proverbs is an all-embracing book in the Bible that its passages can be interpreted in so many ways. Proverbs is one of my favorite books in the Bible because of how it challenges me to assign meanings to God’s Word.

In general, the passage from Proverbs 27:1-7 spoke to me in such a way that I may never be good enough in what I do, and I may feel bad about my failures, but at the end of the day, it’s not about me. I am part of a system where deadlines should be met and departments are interconnected with each other. As a writer, I will definitely be constructively criticized for some of my works, but I should never let it destroy me as a person. I should never focus on myself because the essence of my work is to be part of a productive chain to deliver effective results.

As long as I will do my best in my work while accepting all the good things that come my way, I will never be hungry for worldly things.

Because of today’s different kinds of distractions, we are continuously shaped by the world to become narcissistic. We are made to believe that we should continue improving on ourselves, forgetting that it is God whom we need to focus on.

I would end this with a verse from John 6:35: “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”