Archive for May 7th, 2019

Proverbs 28:9-13

In Proverbs 28:9-13 Solomon reminds us that obedience is something God still expects. We can’t just ignore His ways. God wants us to always have an open and attentive ear towards His Word (the law). To have no hunger for God’s word or to give it no attention is a sign of spiritual sickness in the child of God. “If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.” Obedience to His Word is table stakes when it comes to walking with Him. God is not bound to hear or honor anyone who neglects His Word. Before we speak to God in prayer we must humbly and attentively listen to His Word, or our prayers may merely fall on deaf ears.

Solomon reminds us that there are enemies that want to see us fall into evil.  Some are people around us, and always there is the enemy who makes it his full time job to derail us and drive us into the ditch. There are those who take pleasure in causing the godly to go astray. It makes them feel better and perhaps superior to those who are upright. “Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.” God has a way of protecting His upright, even if they seem to or actually do go astray for a time. God knows how to put the wicked in their place and He knows how to make sure that the blameless will inherit good. God does not leave the final word to the wicked man with his evil plans.

It is not unusual for a rich man to be proud, and to think he is wise. Other proverbs explain that wisdom can lead to wealth, but not every rich man has gained his wealth through wisdom. “A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.” The poor man with wisdom is above the rich man filled with foolish pride. That wise poor man may examine the rich man (searches him out), not the other way around. When those who live with wisdom and righteousness rejoice because of the condition of their community, it is good for everyone. There is great glory.

People celebrate when righteousness wins out. “When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.” Even wicked men don’t want to be ruled by other wicked men. A culture may live off the inheritance of a previous righteous generation, but when the wicked arise those benefits and the freedoms righteousness bring will slowly diminish. Transparency is foundational to true prosperity. Charles Spurgeon described some of the many ways men attempt to cover their sin—all of them in vain.

  • Excuses and justifications
  • Secrecy
  • Lies
  • Schemes to evade responsibility
  • Time
  • Tears
  • Ceremonies or sacraments

Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” The path to receiving God’s mercy is to confess and repent (forsake) our sin. This is the way to prosper spiritual and in life in general and receive God’s mercy.

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