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Concealing a Matter

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings to seek it. Proverbs 26:2

This verse reminded me of the film One Night with the King, which depicts the story of Esther. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it.

There is a contrast here between the King of Kings, God and earthly human kings so we might better understand God.

It is the responsibility and honor for a human king to inquire, research, investigate, and interrogate to be able to come to an equitable and honest ruling in a matter. In fact that king’s honor is at stake in each ruling.

The contrast here is that a human king is trying to dig out all of the facts possible, but God Almighty hides and covers all of the details of our life of sin when we lay those sins before Him. It is the ‘glory’ or fullness or beautiful heaviness of God to choose to cover over those confessed sins.

David uses the same word Hebrew word ‘caphar’ when he wrote in Psalm 51:9 “Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities.” It is clearly God’s desire to forgive a person their sins. Isaiah said the same in Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. ” So when we come to God confessing, repenting, believing then God pardons as in Isaiah 55:7, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly [pardon]. ” When we come to God we never cry, ‘Justice God, justice!” but “Mercy is what we need O God.”

Like the story of a mother’s plea to Emperor Napoleon for her son’s second desertion. ‘Emperor I implore you for mercy.’ ‘But he doesn’t deserve mercy’ The wise mother answered, ‘If he deserved it sire, it wouldn’t be mercy ‘ Napoleon is said to have replied, “You are correct madam, so I grant your son mercy that he does not deserve.” And the son was set free.

Mercy is not getting what we deserve but grace is getting something even better than that. We don’t deserve the rich blessings that God desires to bestow upon us. However He does so that we might give Him a spontaneous response of praise from our heart.

Wisdom: A Great Treasure

Today’s reading: Proverbs 2

Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:3-5

Like a search for buried treasure-that’s how author Annie Dillard described a key to effective writing. She stressed that great ideas come for writers who diligently look for them by digging, seeking, asking, and probing.

She observed that many aspiring writers have the opposite idea. Hoping to put in as little effort as possible, they accept superficial results and want everything to come easily. In contrast, Dillard stressed that many important insights aren’t apparent on the surface: They only appear to those who dig, who keep digging, and who dig deeply. This is true even for the best writers.

The Bible describes a similar process for Believers. God has prepared overwhelming blessings for each of us-wisdom, insight, and understanding. But Solomon advised that receiving these things requires us to seek understanding as silver and approach it as we would search for hidden treasure. We must not be content with the superficial, shallow, and fleeting perspectives that are popular in the world. We need to set our sights on God’s wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and truths.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explained that the Father has much He wants to give you. However, you must “ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).

Remember that God has prepared countless treasures for you. However, you have a responsibility to pursue them by asking, seeking, and knocking. This means devoting yourself to prayer and reading His Word with renewed intensity. Dig deeper, and get ready to discover buried treasure!

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Fear the Lord

The next thirty-one days, I’ll be pouring over the words of Solomon in Proverbs. No, I won’t be ripping apart the entire chapter since, as is with all of God’s Word, it would take more than one entry to really dig in. J However, I do encourage you to read through the entire chapter on your time. I also challenge you to memorize a proverb each day and meditate on it throughout the day.

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Proverbs 1:7

I used to wonder what it meant to fear the Lord. When I thought of fear, I thought of scary movies and monsters under the bed. Usually, some evil force would terrorize the hero in those movies and I used to think that those monsters would reach out and grab me if I wasn’t quick enough. It didn’t make sense to fear God if He was good.

Now I see that the fear comes from knowing God is all powerful, all knowing and yes, He’s all good. He knows my strengths and weaknesses. It is by His mercy I am on earth in the first place.

It’s too easy for me to forget that in a world where modern conveniences make me comfortable and science attempts to explain everything away. I may think I have an answer for everything and a way to take care of myself in any situation.

I need to remember God controls my life. By His will, he placed me at this time and place in the world. Just that fact is enough to make me fear Him and be thankful for what He’s done for me.

Where are you in regards to wisdom? Do you have a teachable heart? When other Christians (whether they are more mature or whether they are just peers) confront you about an issue in your life, is your first response a prideful, stubborn one, or do you genuinely want to be sharpened by others so you can gain wisdom on how to live a godly life? Do you seek out more mature believers to gain their wisdom, or do you just depend on yourself? Do you constantly read the Bible to gain God’s wisdom, or are you lethargic in your pursuit of the Lord? Are you serious about gaining every little bit of wisdom you can gain from God and other strong believers? Solomon was, and God blessed him for it.

Later in Proverbs 1, God gives a warning to those who do not fear the Lord or seek His wisdom: “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me. Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” (Proverbs 1:28-33)

I don’t know about you, but I want to choose to live in safety, without fear of harm! Let’s spend time this month really gaining all the wisdom we can from the book of Proverbs!

Proverbs 1

A Manual for Living
These are the wise sayings of Solomon,
David’s son, Israel’s king—
Written down so we’ll know how to live well and right,
to understand what life means and where it’s going;
A manual for living,
for learning what’s right and just and fair;
To teach the inexperienced the ropes
and give our young people a grasp on reality.
There’s something here also for seasoned men and women,
still a thing or two for the experienced to learn—
Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate,
the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women.

Start with God
Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God;
only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.
Pay close attention, friend, to what your father tells you;
never forget what you learned at your mother’s knee.
Wear their counsel like flowers in your hair,
like rings on your fingers.
Dear friend, if bad companions tempt you,
don’t go along with them.
If they say—”Let’s go out and raise some hell.
Let’s beat up some old man, mug some old woman.
Let’s pick them clean
and get them ready for their funerals.
We’ll load up on top-quality loot.
We’ll haul it home by the truckload.
Join us for the time of your life!
With us, it’s share and share alike!”—
Oh, friend, don’t give them a second look;
don’t listen to them for a minute.
They’re racing to a very bad end,
hurrying to ruin everything they lay hands on.
Nobody robs a bank
with everyone watching,
Yet that’s what these people are doing—
they’re doing themselves in.
When you grab all you can get, that’s what happens:
the more you get, the less you are.

Lady Wisdom
Lady Wisdom goes out in the street and shouts.
At the town center she makes her speech.
In the middle of the traffic she takes her stand.
At the busiest corner she calls out:
Simpletons! How long will you wallow in ignorance?
Cynics! How long will you feed your cynicism?
Idiots! How long will you refuse to learn?
About face! I can revise your life.
Look, I’m ready to pour out my spirit on you;
I’m ready to tell you all I know.
As it is, I’ve called, but you’ve turned a deaf ear;
I’ve reached out to you, but you’ve ignored me.
Since you laugh at my counsel
and make a joke of my advice,
How can I take you seriously?
I’ll turn the tables and joke about your troubles!
What if the roof falls in,
and your whole life goes to pieces?
What if catastrophe strikes and there’s nothing
to show for your life but rubble and ashes?
You’ll need me then. You’ll call for me, but don’t expect
an answer.
No matter how hard you look, you won’t find me.
Because you hated Knowledge
and had nothing to do with the Fear-of-God,
Because you wouldn’t take my advice
and brushed aside all my offers to train you,
Well, you’ve made your bed—now lie in it;
you wanted your own way—now, how do you like it?
Don’t you see what happens, you simpletons, you idiots?
Carelessness kills; complacency is murder.
First pay attention to me, and then relax.
Now you can take it easy—you’re in good hands.