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25:3-15
We find what little we know of God is hard to understand, and rightly so. If we consider each other, we cannot even understand our human neighbour’s mind. But God does.
In following God, aim to free yourself of your own faults but accept the fact you will never be perfect. Surrender to God as He refines you, removing the impurities within you. If you are a leader then surrender constantly to God, not to recognition. Be humble, do not consider yourself above others.
Be careful when interacting with others. Do not rush to assumption making. Listen. Consider carefully all evidence you have gained by talking to many people. Consider carefully what you have heard in light of your knowledge of those people. Seek God’s wisdom in understanding. If you rush to assumption making, you may be humiliated when the truth is revealed as completely different to your assumption.
Remember to never betray another person’s confidence, even when you are arguing and desperate to prove a point. Not only will you have betrayed another, but you will be known as one who cannot be trusted.
The person who keeps their counsel is pleasant to be around and enjoyed. Such a person who exercises patience in negotiations will be rewarded by having her words listened to. But avoid the big talker, all fluff and no substance. That person will never persuade others and will fail in negotiations.
Better to be the wise person, than the vacuous fool.
 

 
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Hi everyone

I am moving house at the moment and will not have the internet next weekend so I will be missing next week and recommence the blog the following week.

May God bless you over the next few weeks.

Nan

 

 
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25:1-2
These are more sayings of Solomon, revived by Hezekiah, his descendant. Hezekiah led a revival of faith over the Southern Kingdom in the days after the fall of the Northern Kingdom. Hezekiah considered these proverbs were essential guidelines for correct God following behaviour. Our culture may have changed, but the guidelines for following God are timeless.
The first things these proverbs establish is the knowledge that God receives Glory because we do not understand His universe or the way He rules it. No amount of scientific advances can achieve the understanding of God’s universe or the way He rules it. God will always be greater than any knowledge we can acquire.
In Deuteronomy 29:29 we read that secret things, things not known to us, belong to God. There are things He reveals to us and our children that are ours forever. These are revealed so that we may follow Him and all the words of His law. This includes the scientific advances that have been made over the centuries. They are not, as some try to make them, our Tower of Babel that will give us the knowledge of God. They are actually things God has allowed us to know so that we may follow Him closer.
In Job 26:14 Job speaks of things we know about God as the outer fringe of His works. Things that are like a faint whisper because they are just a fragment of what He does and who He is. In addition, we understand so little of what God reveals to us. It is difficult to understand the full extent of God’s might. We have brilliant brains, but they will never match the brilliance of God.
If you have time, read Isaiah 40:12-24 and Romans 11:33-36. They speak with great beauty of God’s greatness. That He is above all.
The correct response to that revelation of God’s might is awe, reverence, worship, knowledge of our own insufficiency, and gratitude at His covering over of our inadequacies (In short, His undeserved favour). It can be easy to forget that, to get caught up in arguments over the interpretation of scripture. But how we interpret the Books of the Bible is irrelevant compared to God and that personal relationship each one of us has with God. A personal relationship that draws us closer to God, and involves us leaving behind the ways of the world to follow Jesus.
As His servants here on earth, it is important to acknowledge that God gives us discernment that we may serve him with wisdom, distinguishing between right and wrong. (1Kings 3:9). He gives us Himself, that we may know Him. He gives us the choice to submit to and follow Him. That is true wisdom.
 

 
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24:23-34
The 30 sayings are finished, but more sayings follow and here are some of them.
If you see an injustice don’t go along with it. It may cost you to stand up against injustice but do it anyway because it is what God wants you to do. And serving God is more important.
Do not collaborate to hide the actions of those who do wrong. You may be penalised for your stand, but history and God will vindicate you.
It feels good to give and receive an honest answer, so seek to do that.
Do the work that sustains your life before you seek the comfort of life. Save money before spending it. A lovely home is no use if you cannot afford food. This is common sense and important to remember in this age of consumerism when credit card providers encourage us to spend what we cannot repay.
Don’t gossip about people or falsely accuse them of wrong doing. Don’t seek revenge. These are not behaviours God approves of and they lead you away from Him, not to Him. And being with God is the best and wisest place to be.
Work diligently to provide your needs. Do what you can. Don’t sit back and be lazy because those behaviours will lead to you not having money. Remember there may be times when illness, duty, or inability to find work stops you working. You are not being lazy when that happens. Ask God for the help you need. And don’t judge others who are unable to work or cannot find work. That is different to laziness and God expects such people to be supported.
 

 
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24:10-22
The 30 truths are continued.
If you read The Message, the title of this last section of 30 truths is “Rescue the Perishing”. It is always important to note a major theme of the Bible, starting from the Book of Genesis, is the theme of social justice. So Proverbs would be incomplete if social justice was not an important theme in it. So much of this section talks about those who are in trouble, both deserving and underserving, and how we should respond. But first, about us:
24. Persevere. If you want to stop because of trouble in your life consider whether you are using your own strength or God’s. Be strong in faith. Be strong in surrendering self to God. And you will be strong in times of trouble. Strong does not mean you will not cry, or worry about what will happen. Strong means you will persevere and trust God for the strength to do that.
25. Rescue those in trouble. It is not acceptable to say “I didn’t know” because God will know when you are lying. Do not stand by when your actions can save another person.
26. Seek God. Seek His wisdom. Seek Jesus. To do so is the sweetest treat. And it will sustain your life and keep you secure in God.
27. Do not seek to bring down the righteous by finding fault with them when the evil are doing terrible things. Such behaviour is petty. Such behaviour will bring you down. Just as the evil person’s behaviour wil bring them down. Remember when you seek to find fault with those who seek to serve God, you are doing satan’s work. Of course there are evil people who profess to follow God but they are different to those who humbly seek God.
28. When those who hate you, who have hurt you, who mock you, fall, don’t laugh at them and delight in their downfall. That behaviour is not acceptable in God’s eyes. And it takes you away from God, not towards Him.
29. Sometimes people look down on you because of what they have achieved. Don’t feel bad. Don’t envy them. Those who lack humility will receive their punishment from God and those who practice humility will receive their reward.
30. The last one is a hard one. Respect your leaders, no matter what! Accept their knowledge and experience, even when they are not pleasant in leading you. If you encounter a truly evil leader ask God for wisdom to know what to do. This wisdom saying does not give permission to leaders to behave badly. But it does give leaders room to do the best they can and learn.
 

 


 
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