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29:14-27
What is a world like where God is no longer honoured?
We live in such a world. Leaders ignore God or subscribe to a mere religious observance demonstrated by their ungodly actions. As verse 14 relates, if a king judges the poor with fairness his throne will always be secure. But political leaders today are more concerned with party policies, honouring their financial backers and staying in power. In most western countries, the gap between the poor and rich is widening dangerously. Political leaders today cannot guarantee a long time in office because there is no justice for the poor. And God has a deep concern for the poor.
In such a world we see children not taught healthy boundaries. Acts of aggression, as seen by an increase in road rage and an increase in assaults, are the result of lack of self control. We do not need to beat our children or be harsh and punitive. We also do not need to pander to their every whim. We need to give them healthy boundaries based on their developmental stage and to teach them to always consider the effect their actions have on others and to think before acting.
We see a time when there is much injustice in the world and little hope for justice. The wicked appear to thrive, which means sin thrives also. But a day will come when those who are righteous will see the wicked cast down.
Those of us who follow Jesus need to be ready to demonstrate in our lives the true God, not the harsh punitive god many politicians demonstrate. Not the harsh god many legalists demonstrate. But the true love of Jesus. May the people know that God does require a certain standard of behaviour from us. But He loves us and seeks our good and He will not judge us yet. When people do not know the true God, then ‘anything goes’.
Self control is an important skill for all those who love Jesus to learn. We need to stop and think before acting. No speaking in haste. No rushing to express anger in an unhelpful way. No putting pride before humility.
In this age where people have swapped love of self for God we need to be wary of putting the need to please others ahead of our love for God.
We need to pray to God. We need to hand over to Him all our concerns and let Him deal with them. God is a God of justice. When we pray constantly and seek to follow Jesus then God will be honoured.
 

 
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29:4- 13
Leadership, flattery, sin, justice, mockers, scoffers who rage, hatred of integrity, undisciplined anger, listening to lies. What a list. These are the domain of the fool.
First we see the difference between a wise leader and a foolish leader. The wise leader gives his country stability, but the foolish leader, who is greedy, tears his country down. Sadly, more leaders seem to prefer money and power than wisdom. Then there are the leaders who prefer to listen to lies and flattery. Such willingness to hear lies will lead to the corruption of the entire government.
Then there is the flatterer who seeks to control others. The wise person realises the danger and avoids them. The fool is taken in by it then realises too late the trap set for him.
The sinner will eventually be caught by his own sin. It may seem to take a long time, but it will happen. The righteous person can take heart that God sees and rewards the righteous.
Justice has always been something that has been denied by the evil. In their greed they put their own needs first and happily exploit those under them while the righteous care about justice. It is disheartening in this world to see how much injustice exists. Leaders who manipulate the media to stay in power. Companies who pay their directors handsomely while their employees cannot afford to live on the pittance they are given. Supposedly wealthy countries who deny basic medical care to their poor citizens. Refugees, the ones God told us to love and look after, left languishing in camps or locked in facilities while the wealthy nations refuse to take them. The worker unfairly dismissed by a bullying boss who gets away with it. I could go on, but I will stop there. Nothing makes me sadder than the injustice of this world. My only consolation is God’s promise that those who deny justice will be punished.
In this world of self-seeking leaders, manipulative flatterers, sinners and the unjust we also see the mockers. They will mock all that is good. They will stir up those whose eyes are not fixed on Jesus and cause dissension. The mocker is often complacent and very self-satisfied. His sense of his own superiority and cleverness is immense. But in God’s eyes he is a fool. The wise person will bring peace and calm to those the mocker stirs up.
Similarly, the fool will stir up trouble, will destroy himself with rage and intrigues, and deny others peace. Such fools exist everywhere in this world. It is sad to see their futility.
Mockers and scoffers hate those with integrity and seek to destroy such people with their behaviour. Stand firm in God and trust Him. Seek Him for strength, because God understands their behaviour and He will guard your way.
In all things seek to control your anger. Direct it into controlled responses not unhelpful reactions. It is okay to express your anger, but in a controlled way. Remember, God will not look kindly on the one who uses her anger to hurt others, verbally or physically. The wise person will seek God first. The fool will either give vent to uncontrolled anger or will seek to suppress others he has wronged.
Remember, those fools who abuse their power and care nothing for anyone else, especially the poor, have received from God the same sight given by Him to the poor. We are all equal in God’s eyes.
 

 
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29:3
This is my first blog of 2018. I have been away from the blog for a few weeks. I really needed time away and God blessed my family and me with a beautiful holiday in an isolated beach community in North Queensland. Now that I am back and refreshed I am looking forward to what God will lead me through in 2018.
This verse is particularly apt as a start up for the new year. The one who loves wisdom will bring great joy to his/her parents but the one who prefers prostitutes and a life squandering money will not.
Over the past few months there has been a lot of news time around the world given to stories of male actors who have sexually harassed women. Some of those accused protested their innocence and were backed up by colleagues. Others just had more people come forward to accuse them as well.
Last night I was discussing this with a friend and we wondered if these men were more concerned with the wisdom of steady relationships and less concerned with quick fix hedonistic pleasure, whether they would find themselves in this situation.
Just as the world is quick to suspect a man with a child is a paedophile, even when he isn’t, the world is just as quick to suspect a man with a woman as a sexual abuser. The guilty deserve to be caught and the ones who sought consensual sex? They deserve to be exonerated. Of course, there are unlikely to be trials of these men, other than in the media, and we will never hear if these claims are true or not. The mud has been thrown and it will stick.
So maybe the wisdom for these men lies in seeking steady relationships and being more concerned with building relationships with others than rushing to have sex. Perhaps that is the wiser way to go. Avoiding damaging scandals causes a lot less harm to a person’s career, reputation, relationships and family.
And the foolish? Well they are the ones who seek to have casual relationships with others and risk later being accused of sexual harassment. When it is a case of his word against hers who will people believe?
There are many ways in life that the world tells us are okay to be, but those ways are not always wise and can lead to unforeseen repercussions. Be careful to consider the consequences of your actions. The wise person pauses and asks God before proceeding. The foolish person charges ahead with no thought for the consequences.
 

 

 

 
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