Read Proverbs 23
Moral, ethical, and spiritual precepts; comparisons, warnings, and instructions; observations of Solomon.
Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate (Prov. 24:7).
Wisdom is too high for a fool. Therefore, he modifies the truth because he is influenced by fear of people or by circumstances, or by his own ambitions. He will accept God's wisdom only when it does not interfere with his own self-interest. Some things in the Word of God, we accept without issue. However, those things that impact us on a personal level are harder to accept. It is easy to stop something if it is not satisfying or enjoyable. When it is something we really enjoy, you and I will often contend with the Word to try to hold on to that thing we see no harm in doing.
We are tempted, at times to ignore or avoid the Truth when it conflicts with our personal interests or prejudices. There are times when some disregard their convictions in order to save themselves from an awkward situation! But a person who is truly wise, will proclaim the Truth — regardless of popular opinion in the gate — that is, in public.
The pitfall many fall into is when we begin to substitute human reasoning for God's revealed Word. God has said: Lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him (3:5-6).
To the wise, truth and loyalty to God are inseparable. There is satisfaction and a positive joy to be experienced in proclaiming the precious Truth of God's Word. But when we compromise that Truth, we hinder the work of the Holy Spirit, who alone can guide us into all Truth (John 16:13).
All material wealth and possessions can be sacrificed with little consequence, but no one can ever sacrifice Truth without spiritually damaging loss. We need to understand that all other things are temporary, but the Word of God is everlasting. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away (Matt. 24:35).
The Truth of God's Word is final and should govern all our associations and decisions. It is important to remember that the Word not only molds and shapes our lives but will have the final say over them. Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; who . . . is set down at the right hand of the Throne of God (Heb. 12:2).
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear (I Pet. 3:15).
Thought for Today:
To be committed to the wisdom of the Scriptures is to be on the side of God and of conscience.
As the One who rewards those who repay evil with good (Prov. 25: 21-22). If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink (Rom. 12:20). Jesus commanded: Love your enemies (Matt. 5:44; Luke 6:27,35).
23:20 riotous, gluttonous; 24:26 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer, A fair answer is as pleasant as a kiss on the lips; 25:9 discover not a secret to another, do not betray another man's confidence; 26:24 dissembleth, harbors deceit.
Pray for Staff: Ilene Wallace • Government Official: Rep. Martha Roby (AL) • Country: Namibia (1.6 million) in southwest Africa • Major languages: Afrikaans and German • Religious freedom • 89% Christian; 10% Traditional; 1% Other (Muslim, Jewish, Baha'i) • Prayer Suggestion: Pray and the Lord will free you from your fears (Ps. 34:4).
Optional Reading: Hebrews 3
Memory Verse for the Week: Galatians 6:9