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Well looks like this riddle stumped you all, and me as well, though you had some good guesses. The more it dries, the wetter it gets, Is a towel. This one stumped me too.

In mathematics, what is this symbol "<" often used to denote? Equal to; Lesser than: Greater than; or Approximately equal to?


Psalm 5:10 "O God, declare them guilty. Let them be caught in their own traps. Drive them away because of their many sins, for they have rebelled against you."

This verse emphasizes the guilt of his enemies, who by their actions (rebellion) towards God's words, demonstrate their rebellion against God. The consequences of their refusal to follow after God, most times results in them bearing the guilt of these intentionial acts, "like a boomerang in the fog", on themselves.

He is, as it were, requesting that these rebels be held guilty, allowed to fall, and cast down. This verse contrasts the consequence of those who refuse to trust in God, to the blessings of those in verse 11 who obey and honor God's ways.

The only way that innocent onlookers are protected from walking in these evil activities, is for those who refuse to obey God are defeated, forced to face the consequence of their evil ways. The seeming concern to be directed towards whether they when faced with the consequences of their rebellion, turn back to God and His ways or continue on in disobedience.

The choices that we daily choose to follow, will set the course of the ultimate results for our lives. Rebellion to the counsel of God in the Bible result in loss and disappointment. While our determination to be guided by the words of wisdom found therin, will bring solace and blessing.

I remember as a boy exploring caves on grandfathers farm, sometimes we would be prone to follow the way that that path seemed to bring least resistance (easiest, most open) but dad had told us if we came to this choice, strike a match and see which way the flame was least affected by the air flow. Sometimes what seemed to be the most open path was a dead end, and required us to turn around and follow the most difficult path, but then would end up in an opening to fresh air, and sunlight.

SO GO WITH GOD my dear one for His ways though sometimes seem to be the most restrictive are many times the ways of the greatest ultimate freedom and blessing. Here is a quote from my dad, "A smart man makes a mistake, and then learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. While a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him in how to avoid the mistake altogether." Then he would say; this is what places such value on reading & meditating on God's words (the wise ones ways).

brenda x
Lindsay Winterton


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