Continuing our climb through Proverbs with the summit in reach, we come upon Chapter 30. Though the intention of the writing is not said to have the previous 29 chapters in mind, in many ways, Proverbs 30 encapsulates them.
Making an effort to categorize and summarize the writing, I see we should:
Verses 1-4 Know Your Place Before God
Here, in verses 1 through 4, man confesses his stupidity and lack of wisdom. In comparison to God and his Son, our knowledge is limited.
Verses 5-8a God’s Word is True
We are reminded of the truth of God’s word. To counter it makes us a liar. We should resist all falsehood and lying, therefore, hold to God’s word above all.
Verses 8b-9 Be Content
We see riches or poverty can both stand in the way of our relationship to God. We are to strive to stay out of poverty and to also keep from embracing riches in a way that would make us forget God’s provision.
I was rescued in 2006 when I realized that Jesus died for sins, and that included my own personal sins. It was only then when I came to the understanding that I could actually have a personal relationship with Jesus and become a disciple. Looking back I can remember different people in my life who were believers and shared the Gospel with me and I can remember various sermons I listened to, and in 2006 everything came together and I now know that the Holy Spirit was moving at just the perfect time to save me.
I don’t know what your story is, but I can bet if you follow Jesus you can trace back to the fact that it was simply a miracle that you were saved. I know it was for me.
Since then I’ve been able to share the Gospel with others and I basically get terrified every single time I do this. I get nervous, scared, afraid, etc. It’s not because I’m scared about Jesus, but for some reason I keep convincing myself that my performance of how I share the Gospel is going to effect someone’s salvation when this is simply not true.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” – John 10:28
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
Over and over again God makes it clear He does the saving, not us. It’s a gift from God and not of our own doing (Ephesians 2:8-9). No one will ever be able to snatch them out of His hand (John 10:28). It’s only because of Jesus that someone could have eternal life (John 3:16).
What we think about the most reveals what is most important in our lives. We could spend our days thinking of money, power, authority, parenting, performance, possessions, etc. What do you find yourself thinking of the most?
The Bible has a lot to say about our thoughts and thankfully no one can actually read our minds except for God, who knows all of our intentions. Luckily, what we fill our minds with is typically what we end up thinking of the most, over time. If we read the Bible and spend time with The Lord, we will often think of Him more and more. Likewise, if we spend our time doing other things, we will think of those more often as well.
For followers of Jesus, it’s very important to understand our thoughts and know we will reflect on Jesus the more we spend time with Him. This is crucial in my opinion on a daily basis since I believe we are in a battle on a daily basis. Not only do we naturally want to sin and stray away from The Lord, but we have a real enemy as well…who loves to get in our heads.
Let me encourage you to read the Bible and fill your minds with things above. If you do this on a daily basis, I promise your thoughts will begin to change.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on thoughts:
Whether or not we’d like to admit it, we all worship something or someone in our life. What or who we worship might be based on whatever we think on or act on the most or on the other side of the coin, whatever we would be distraught over if it was taken away from us, that is the object of our worship.
As followers of Jesus, Christians worship God. He is the ultimate Authority in our lives and if you reflect on what Jesus has done for us…He absolutely is worthy to receive glory, honor, power, and worship.
Be reminded today that God is who you should worship and nothing or no one should get in the way of that. We come together and gather as the Church to worship God, and we also worship Him every other day during the week with our relationship with Him.
Here’s a great list from Kevin DeYoung featured over at The Gospel Coalition on 10 ways why we as followers of Jesus worship the way we do when we gather together.
Glory to God
Worship is ultimately for Him. He is the most important audience at every gathering.
Edifying to God’s People
Gathering together in worship must build up the body of Christ. Believers should be equipped, comforted, and exhorted.
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Do you think we have a leadership problem in our country?
The divisiveness of our current political culture appears to indicate so. Scandals plague the current landscape and justice toward those doing wrong may not be served. Where bad leadership, criminal behavior and a lack of accountability coexist, wickedness germinates.
This isn’t new. An ancient book speaks to what we see playing out before us. Authorship of Proverbs took place in a period of time where people were familiar with wicked rulers. As we’ve seen political scandals in our country explode onto the scene at an alarming rate as those who are in position to serve us decide to serve themselves instead, we realize our civilized and modernized society is not immune.
“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.” – Proverbs 29:2
“If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.” – Proverbs 29:12
“When the wicked increase, transgression increases, but the righteous will look upon their downfall.” – Proverbs 29:16
There’s a lot of groaning taking place these days. Multiple scandals at all levels of government leave a bad taste in the mouth of those governed. Transgressions seem to involve multiple people. As the governed, we’re often left with the question, “Whom can we trust?” We long for a righteous leader. We want to rejoice. We want someone we can trust to lead us.
A trustworthy leader will not lie to us for their gain or objectives. They will seek the best for all people and use their words to bring healing, not strife. Those who desire to keep or gain a government office often make declarations that stir up anger and resentment in order to garner votes. Promises are made to constituents without the accountability in place to hold a particular candidate to true to that promise. The poor are often used as a pawn in this climate, with little regard to keeping promises made to better their circumstances.