Today is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!
These are more proverbs of Solomon, collected by the advisers of King Hezekiah of Judah. It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them. No one can comprehend the height of heaven, the depth of the earth, or all that goes on in the king’s mind! Remove the impurities from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith. Remove the wicked from the king’s court, and his reign will be made secure by justice. Don’t demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the great. It’s better to wait for an invitation to the head table than to be sent away in public disgrace. Just because you’ve seen something, don’t be in a hurry to go to court. For what will you do in the end if your neighbor deals you a shameful defeat? When arguing with your neighbor, don’t betray another person’s secret. Others may accuse you of gossip, and you will never regain your good reputation. Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket. To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry. Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer. They revive the spirit of their employer. A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain. Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can break bones. Do you like honey? Don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick! Don’t visit your neighbors too often, or you will wear out your welcome. Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow. Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot. Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather or pouring vinegar in a wound. If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads, and the lord will reward you. As surely as a north wind brings rain, so a gossiping tongue causes anger! It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home. Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty. If the godly give in to the wicked, it’s like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring. It’s not good to eat too much honey, and it’s not good to seek honors for yourself. A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.
What did I learn from this chapter today:
First thing to strike me is the reoccurring lesson to not look to gain a seat at the high table, that it’s better to take a lowly seat and to be invited to the higher. We recently covered this on Sunday, in Luke, at Calvary if Southbury as well. Do not seek to be in the presence of the popular, rich, famous, it’s easy to get wrapped up in position. We are God’s children, there is no greater position!
Once again the dangers of going against God’s Word is given here. Choosing to be deceitful has consequences and I personally would like to avoid them. It is my desire to bring joy to others, to shine in the dark, bring comfort in their pain. To love others as we were first loved.
Life is messy, it is difficult and I make mistakes, but I know that God is transforming my very core. He has shown me His love, mercy, and grace. Lifting the long held impurities is painful and downright ugly at times. I am glad that I can look back at the work already done and can rest in knowing that I am in good hands.
My prayer for today:
Thank You Lord for Your beautiful Word given. Thank You for loving me. I pray that we all rest in Your Word and carry it with us each moment we walk this earth. I pray that we think before we speak or act. That we look to You for guidance in all things and that Your will be done. I pray for revival and transformation in myself and this land I live in. Let us turn from our wicked ways and make Your heart glad. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.