Proverbs 25 has Solomon giving us some great wisdom around relationships and living in righteousness. He begins by reminding us that God alone has the big picture and we as mere mortals search for things. “It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out”. We are not to know all the answers. We are to trust God and know that He alone has the keys to the future. God reveals what He wishes, but He is the sole author and keeper of what is to come.
Throughout Proverbs we’ve seen the power of the spoken word. Solomon paints a beautiful picture of words spoken well. “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear….A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow”. He also paints a picture of what happens if we don’t take care of our words well. God expects us to guard our tongue and use our words for His glory and righteousness.
There is much in this book about caring for those less fortunate. In this case, it goes beyond that to enemies – those you despise or are out to cause you harm. “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you”. We aren’t to repay evil with evil. We are to repay evil with good – to share food or water with those who desire to harm us. As we do that, it causes God’s blessing and heaps shame on them. Much better than trying to get even.
Solomon ends reminding us that we have to be above evil. “Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked. It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory”. God expects us to remain righteous no matter what the cost. We are not to be pulled or pushed away from living a life pleasing to the Lord. It isn’t about our own glory, or getting what we want. Life is about obedience to God’s ways and faithfulness in walking with Him. That’s what He demands. We need to stay the course!