Proverbs 28:1-4

In Proverbs 28:1-4 Solomon begins by reminding us that we need God to be able to stand against evil and temptation. We are not capable on our own to deal with the enemy. We need God’s empowerment and strength, which He freely offers to us. When we resist the devil, scripture tells us that he will flee from us. “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” The way we stand firm is through righteousness. In Ephesians 6 we’re told about the armor of God and how to stand against the attacks of the enemy. We need to put on God’s armor and then be bold in our resistance to sin.

Turmoil causes things to be in chaos. When there is unclear borders and responsibilities, people tend to attempt to grab power and control. That leads to chaos and confusion for those who are impacted. Clear leadership is the key to keeping the chaos at bay.  That has to be married to strong and timely communication so everyone understands the situation and their place in whatever the journey entails. “When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue.” Stability comes from strong and consistent leadership that is communicated to every person so they understand how they fit into the future.

Humanity has a tendency to want to be better than those around us. That’s even true for the poor, who want to oppress those even less fortunate. It does not good, and the temporary emotional bump it may provide of being better than someone else is short lived and won’t provide a lasting impact. When we do that, no matter our state in life or status in society, it is beating others down and certainly does not provide a better outcome for anyone. “A poor man who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no food.” We need to focus on building one another up, and working together to create a better world to live in.

Rule breakers are pulled toward evil and praising others who are able to get away with it, at least on the surface. There is often what appears to be a victory for those who fail to obey the law. But that success is temporary and short lived, and the violator will someday stand before a judge, maybe not until it is Jesus Christ Himself, but we all will account for what we’ve done. “Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them.” How we react and respond to rules and law do separate us and put us on different sides of righteousness. We need to stop pretending like it doesn’t matter and realize that God takes our actions very seriously. How we live matters in His world!

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