Archive for January 22nd, 2019

Proverbs 15:29-33

In Proverbs 15:29-33 Solomon describes the difference between wickedness and the righteous. Men and women who are wicked do their best to separate themselves from God, and in this sense, God is far from them. There is another sense, especially in light of the work of Jesus, in which God draws near to the wicked to offer redemption and wisdom.  After all Jesus is their only hope for redemption. “The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous”. But God draws near to those who draw near to Him. The prayer of the righteous man or woman is effective before God.

The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones”. The eyes are something like a lamp to the whole body. When the eyes are full of light it brings happiness and contentment to the heart and the whole body. Good news cheers our spirit and brings health to the body. It refreshes us.The ultimate fulfillment of this refreshment is the gospel – the good news, the good report of what God did in Jesus Christ to demonstrate His love for us and to rescue us.  There is no news that is better, or will last longer, than God’s plan of saving the world through Jesus.  It is our only hope.

God is interested in keeping us on the straight and narrow path. Not every ear will listen to correction, but there is blessing to those that do. Also, life has its own rebukes for those who have the ear to hear. In general, life rewards wisdom and rebukes folly. One of the more important aspects of wisdom is the simple ability to hear and learn. If we can’t learn, we can never abide among the wise. “The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise”. But when we choose not to listen, there is a price to pay. “Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence”. To hear and heed rebuke is to get and grow in wisdom (understanding). Receiving rebuke is rarely pleasant, but it is worth it for the wisdom it brings.

At the end of the day, God is interested in growing us into righteousness.  A common and foundational theme in Proverbs is repeated here. Wisdom begins in the fear of the LORD, and true wisdom flows from it. “The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor”. An essential aspect of the fear of the LORD is humility. To properly fear God is to see and recognize Him as He really is. When we see and recognize who we really are, humility comes. The deeper our humility becomes, the higher God’s honor will be.  We have to fear God and let Him build humility into us if we truly want to experience all that He has for us.

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