June 18: Proverbs 27-29
1 Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.
2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
a stranger, and not your own lips.
4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
but those who keep the law strive against them.
5 Evil men do not understand justice,
but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.
13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
14 Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always,
but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
26 Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
27 Whoever gives to the poor will not want,
but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
Proverbs 28:4-5, 13-14 & 26-27
23 One's pride will bring him low,
but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
25 The fear of man lays a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
Proverbs 29:23 & 25
Blessed is the One Who Fears the Lord
When I was a child it was hard for me to tell the difference between Christians and non-Christians. It was a conservative time; it seemed like everyone went to church. Of course, that was very deceptive because I could not see into their hearts.
In our day of openness and rebellion, it becomes easier and easier to tell the difference between believers and non-believers. We still can not see the heart, and as the culture seeps into the churches the Christians often begin to act more like the world than like Christians. We begin to understand the difference between the righteous and the wicked when we study the words of Solomon.
Look at what Solomon had to say in today's reading about the lives of the righteous and the wicked, and observe the advice he gives regarding the difference.
*When we break the law we are praising the wicked.
*Those who seek the Lord understand justice.
*Those who conceal their sin will not prosper, but those who confess and forsake their sin find mercy.
*Whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
*He who trusts in his own mind is a fool.
*He who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
*He who gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many curses.
*Pride will bring a person low, but being lowly of spirit brings honor.
*If you fear men it will be a snare to you, but safety comes in fearing the Lord.
What advice does Solomon give to the Christian?
*Do not boast about tomorrow.
*Let other people praise you instead of you praising yourself.
As I read through the above two lists, I realize why our world is in such a mess! The normal lifestyle today is to live like the wicked; as a matter of fact, people are exemplified when they exhibit the traits of a fool.
As Christians we must pray for grace from the Lord to truly order our lives in the manner that pleases the Lord. By His grace, we must begin to understand the difference between black and white (sin and righteousness), and pray that all "gray" areas will disappear from our lives.
Who is the one who is blessed?
Blessed is the One Who Fears the Lord.
God Bless You,
All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.
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