Archive for January 15th, 2019

Proverbs 15:9-12

In Proverbs 15:9-12 Solomon reminds us that if we’re walking with Jesus, we’re pursuing righteousness and not wickedness. God rejects the religious ceremonies of the wicked so even more God considers the sinful life of the wicked as an abomination. “The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but he loves him who pursues righteousness”. How we live matters. We much chase after righteousness if we’re truly going to live as a Christ Follower. The one who lives and follows righteousness does so in surrender and love to God, and they keep themselves in the love of God. That’s wise living – when we pursue righteousness.

When we make bad choices though, there is a price to pay. When a man or woman departs from God’s path (the way), in mercy God will send them harsh discipline. This discipline is a warning and opportunity to change one’s ways. Life is full of choices every day.  Those choices matter as they determine whether or not we are following God’s way. “There is severe discipline for him who forsakes the way; whoever hates reproof will die”. Discipline will come as we’re all sinners. It’s what you do in response that matters. If we reject God’s loving and merciful correction we seal our fate and sets our course. We are then on the way to death and will remain there.

Solomon reveals God’s plan to deal with unrighteousness.  These two destinies are symbolically pictured as persons who are before the LORD to serve His purpose. The sobering truth is that God has a plan and a purpose for both Hell (Sheol) and Destruction (Abaddon). “Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord; how much more the hearts of the children of man”! God can see what we cannot. Hell and Destruction are presently invisible to us, but they are before the LORD. If we could see Hell and Destruction, we would think and live much differently. If God has a plan and a purpose for those two destinies, it is much more true that He has a plan and purpose for humanity – for you and me!

Solomon returns to speak again about the scoffer. Because the fool and the scoffer hate correction, they will hate (not love) the one who brings it. They refuse to listen to reproof. “A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise”. In rejecting correction, the scoffer rejects wisdom and will remain trapped in his folly. Scoffers and fools are trapped by their incorrect belief that they have the answers and don’t need to listen and learn from anyone else. So they reject both wisdom and correction, which keeps them outside God’s plan for their life, and they live missing the blessing that God has for His children.

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