Proverbs 30

Proverbs 30 contains a number of lists that Solomon writes.  But he begins by being transparent about his state of mind.  “I am weary, O God; I am weary, O God, and worn out”.  Ever feel like that?  I certainly do sometimes.  Often it happens when I have not managed my life appropriately, putting too much in too little time.  That is an issue when we don’t put any whitespace on the calendar – time to just have free and without being scheduled.  I’m not good at doing that.  He goes on to describe even deeper feelings of frustration: “I am too stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man. I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the Holy One”.

We all face times of despair.  Things seem to overwhelm us.  We are unsure what to do because we feel like we are too stupid or just can’t figure it out.  But Solomon gives us the answer here.  “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him”.  God is always the answer.  Whether we are weary or feel stupid or don’t understand or need wisdom and knowledge – the answer is still the same – we need to run to God.  He is always there.  He is always true.  He is always a shield.  He is the answer.  He is the only answer in fact!

Solomon creates lists of key truths in this chapter.  He often begins by saying “three things are” but always ends up with a list of four.  Here are those lists:

–       “Three things are never satisfied; four never say, “Enough”

–       Three things are too wonderful for me; four I do not understand

–       Under three things the earth trembles; under four it cannot bear up

–       Four things on earth are small, but they are exceedingly wise

–       Three things are stately in their tread; four are stately in their stride

Check out these lists.  There is much truth in them.  He speaks of the smallest ants to the mightiest lion.  He warns of people of all sorts.  It is powerful truth and warnings we should heed.

He ends with reminding us of the destructive nature of pride or evil in our lives.  “If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth”.  We need to learn to keep our mouth shut.  That begins with thinking highly of us.  We have all done some good stuff, but we also have all done some things we aren’t or shouldn’t be very proud of.  And all the good stuff we claim to have done is really all from God anyway.  We have nothing to exalt ourselves about.  We need to exalt God, the Creator and giver of all things.  He alone is worthy of praise.  We need to learn to let God be our press agent.  If He wants to lift us up, He can do that without our help.  But we need to lift Him up and make sure the world knows that all we are and do is because of Him!

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