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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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24:1-9
The 30 truths are continued.
19. As you venture through life honour God and be grateful for the gifts He gives you. Don’t look at those who hate God and seem to have so much more than you. You don’t need the godlessness that rules their lives. And they will never have as much as you have in Jesus.
20. Remember a good life takes wisdom and understanding. Make these your values. The foundation on which you build your character. Deepen that character with knowledge to guide your life decisions. Never forget, wisdom is worth more than brute strength.
21. Use your wisdom and intelligence that God gave you when deciding your life’s direction. And seek wise Counsel.
22. Be wary of the person who tells you learning and knowledge are bad. That person is a fool. I have known many Christians over the years who resent knowledge because they do not have it themselves. They never read the Bible, preferring instead to read a book purchased from a Christian book shop. The buy the books that tell them what they want to hear and ignore the truth of the Bible. They play at asking God for advice, but instead they listen to the words of others and do not ask God. That is not how God wants you to be. That is not wisdom.
23. And remember those who scheme against others are not serving God. Their reputation will become one of a schemer and troublemaker. Remember, the foolish person incubates sin and the cynic seeks to destroy and desecrate beauty. Goodness and beauty are worthy, wise things and God honours them. So seek to honour them too.
 

 
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23:22-35
The 30 truths are continued.
16. If you have wise parents. Good parents. Parents who did not abuse you but instead raised you, in love, as well as they could. If these are your parents, respect and care for them. Be the best person you can be in God’s eyes. If you are that person, your parents will proud of you and so will God.
17. God wants you full attention. He wants you to do what He shows you. He wants you to avoid the corruption of this earth. The hedonistic pleasures that lead you away from God. The y rob you of the blessed life He has prepared for you.
18. Be wary of drinking to excess. The person who drinks to forget. The person who drinks for social ease. The person who drinks because they think it makes them look cool. That person has sadness in life. The alcohol or other drug encourages misery. It does not solve the problems the person seeks to hide. God warns us to judge alcohol by the hangover it leaves you with the next morning. Aim for no hangover. And be wary of the lifestyle that honours alcohol. That tells you to be a man you must drink heavily. Be wary of honouring alcohol more than God. Nothing should take the place of God.
God knows the pain you seek to forget with alcohol or drugs. He wants to heal you. He wants you to trust Him enough to allow Him to hold you as He heals your pain. If you block the pain, you block God from working in your life. You reject the gift of healing He has for you.
Know He loves you. He does not hate you. He wants your healing. Because He wants to bless you.
 

 
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23:1-21
The 30 truths are continued.
6.Do not be greedy, especially when someone is seeking your favour. Be wary because that person may be seeking to cause you to feel an obligation to do something for them and you may be trapped into doing something you shouldn’t do.
7.Be restrained in your pursuit of money. Seek to earn what God gives you and don’t get caught up in the pursuit of money in order to accumulate wealth. Don’t sell you soul to the devil in your pursuit of money. Remember that money is deceptive and can be lost at any time. It is also a deceiver that can lead you away from God. Remember Jesus’ words that man can serve only one master. Serving money will take you away from serving God. And if you are a member of a church that encourages you to accumulate wealth be wary. You cannot serve two masters. (Matthew 6:24)
8.Be wary of the one seeking to get rich because he will use you to get what he wants from you and then dump you. And he will not hesitate to abuse your trust and take advantage of you and leave you worse off. Spare yourself the pain.
9.Don’t waste your words on fools who are not interested in learning. They will not listen to you and will not change their point of view or learn from you. Instead focus on your own learning.
10.Don’t take advantage of those who, like orphans, are defenceless, God will punish you for your deceit, greed and injustice. God cares about social justice so don’t fool yourself that He condones such behaviour. He does not. Read the Old Testament, right back at the foundation books, and you will see God’s constant reiteration of the need for social justice. So don’t fill yourself with hate doctrine against people of other faiths or people whose sexuality is different from your own. Let God deal with others. Love them, love all people, and ensure social justice.
11.Seek wisdom and knowledge. Never scorn those who possess knowledge because you feel inferior to them. Accept who you are and seek the knowledge God wishes you to possess. And if those with more knowledge are arrogant about their knowledge, walk away and hand them to God. Remember the misuse of knowledge is the preserve of the fool. Do not fall into the trap of reading so called ‘christian’ books that twist God’s word. Instead, study the Bible and seek God for understanding.
12.Lovingly discipline your children. Attend to their needs and don’t neglect them. Show them the love God gives to all of us. Seek to teach them in love and don’t resort to satan’s punishments such as corporal punishment. And do not allow bitterness to develop in your heart.
13.As a parent and mentor delight in the evidence of wisdom taught to and accepted by children. Encourage them and let them know how well they are doing. Let them know seeking wisdom is good and praiseworthy and they will continue to seek God.
14.The world wants you to think a life of wisdom is a half life and one without enjoyment. But the world lies. God is your future. They way of the world leads to death and destruction. What the world calls enjoyments does not bring the pleasure God’s joy, and a life in His presence, does.
15.Observe moderation in the way you live your life and avoid the extremes of binge drinking and over indulgence in any life activities. If you find what you do leads to addictive behaviour seek help from God and a qualified counsellor. (in that order). When I saw seek help from God I do not mean seek help from another person. Pray and ask God for help and guidance to lead you to the correct person to help you. Do not allow the need your addiction seeks to meet ruin you life. God has a better plan for you.
Continued in the next blog.

 

 

 
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