Posts Tagged ‘Book of Proverbs’

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– Declaring the end from the beginning – and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand – and I shall do all My pleasure.” – Isaiah 46:10

– That which has been – is now; and that which is to be – has already been … and God requires that which is past. – Ecclesiastes 3:15

God declared the end of this earth from the very beginning (lead verse).  There is never anything new under His sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). The Lord has seen it all before; and has already seen what is coming down the road.  Known to God are all His works from the beginning – they were finished by Him before He started – before He formed the foundation of this planet (Acts 15:18, Hebrews 4:3).

Whatever has happened in this world, or to us in the past – good, bad, or in-between – was required by Him (second lead verse).  What is coming in the future requires faith (Hebrews 11:1).  If we ever definitively decide we know before He does – that is prejudging and presumption (Proverbs 27:1, James 4:14).  All things must pass per His judgement, including us (Hebrews 9:27) – His way; not ours.

Everything past, present, or future – has to have purpose – or how else would He be qualified to judge us daily (Zephaniah 3:5) – or this world when the time comes (Romans 3:5-6)?  Would we want a Creator to make peace – then create war, without any cause to do so (Isaiah 45:7)?  As if our just God did such “just because” – without any justification. Don’t some people still seem to believe this?

Everything that happens to us or this planet each day – or doesn’t happen, is going perfectly and precisely according to His plan from the beginning of the world.  Just because life isn’t going perfectly and precisely according to our own personal plans, in our own little worlds; even within the church – doesn’t make us right – and God wrong (1 Chronicles 13:4, Proverbs 21:2).

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– But they knew not that evil was near them. – Judges 20:34

– The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. – Proverbs 15:3

Nobody expected 9/11 to happen.  Who among those who went off to work that morning – were thinking they would never come home to their families again while on the ride to the office? However, every time evil happens anywhere, doesn’t God usually gets called into question like He did that day 12 years ago now? Do we call Him into question when we receive something good?

Although it’s always easy to get mad, upset, and confused when anything happens we don’t understand – we must understand evil and wickedness are part of who we are from birth.  The imagination of our hearts is evil from youth (Genesis 8:21, Jeremiah 17:9).  It’s not how we arbitrarily become over time afterwards – because of any place or environment we may or may not grow up in.

Scripture has concluded all of us under sin from day one (Galatians 3:22).  There is no good thing which dwells in our flesh (Romans 7:18). Sinning is not something we start doing at some random point along the way.  Good things the apostle Paul wanted to do – he didn’t.  The evil he did not want to do – he did (Romans 7:19).

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn once wrote, “If it were all so simple. If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were only necessary to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them.  But the line dividing good and evil runs through the heart of every human being.  And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”

Every day God gives us – He sets before us blessing and curse, life and good – or death and evil (Deuteronomy 11:26, Deuteronomy 30:15). We choose which one we serve (Joshua 24:15, 1 Corinthians 10:21).  We are to never boast about tomorrow – for we never know what a single day will ever bring forth (Proverbs 27:1). We never know when evil is near (lead verse).

Christ told the disciples to take no thought of our tomorrows – for they would take thought for things of themselves. Jesus added – “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof (Matthew 6:34).  However, evil can be a very hard concept to comprehend if we see it only evolving and existing elsewhere.

If all our ways are clean and right in our own eyes – or if we walk around with a “what have I done wrong” attitude (Proverbs 16:2, Proverbs 21:2, Jeremiah 8:6) – guess who most likely gets grieved far too often when it happens (Ephesians 4:30)?  Evil will pursue sinners (Proverbs 13:21). Shall we receive good at the hand of the Lord – and shall we not receive evil as well Job 2:10)?

Especially if we are Christians who are no longer ignorant about the eternal consequences of continuing in willful sin (Acts 17:30, Hebrews 10:26).  Even when we slip up – as we will because of our failed flesh – God cannot cleanse us from all unrighteousness and evil if we don’t confess our sins as believers.  The longer we fail owning up to sin as Christians, the further we fall away (1 John 1:8-10, Hebrews 6:4-6).

God is long-suffering towards all men – He takes no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies (2 Peter 3:9, Ezekiel 18:32).  Just because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily – the heart of the sons of men is set in them to do more.  Even though their days may be prolonged – it is well with us who fear Him (Ecclesiastes 8:11-13).  God will not at all acquit the wicked (Nahum 1:3).

Why would a loving God cause evil?  Remember, God forms the and creates darkness – He makes peace and creates evil (Isaiah 45:7).  The prophet Jeremiah gives us a very clear and concise reason why God brings evil:  “Hear, O earth – behold, I (God) will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts – because they have not hearkened to My words.  Nor to My law – but rejected it (Jeremiah 6:19).

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit – and a corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit (Matthew 7:18).  We are still corrupt as Christians if we fail to heed God’s correction from above – through His only Son dwelling in our hearts by faith by the power of the Holy Ghost (John 15:1-5, Ephesians 3:16-17), Corruption cannot inherit the incorruption of heaven (1 Corinthians 15:50).

We are to depart from evil and do good – whether something good is returned to us or not on earth – our rewards await in heaven (Psalm 34:14, Matthew 7:12).  God will repay evil and wickedness in due time – His.  Both will always exist until Chris returns bringing salvation.  Until then – we are not to avenge evil with evil – but with good (Luke 7:27-28, Romans 12:18-21).

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– I (God) hearkened and heard … but they did not speak right. No man repented of his wickedness, saying, “What have I done?” Every one turned to his own course as the horse rushes into battle. – Jeremiah 8:6

“What did I do!!?”  Did you ever say this to your parents as a kid, perhaps feigning both total innocence and shock on your face?  Yet you knew you were busted – guilty beyond all reasonable doubt.  Did your protests ease any subsequent punishment?  Were you mad if other guilty parties – such as a brother or sister – were not being dealt with the same way you were?  Did cries of “not fair!” follow – followed by you storming down the hall and slamming your bedroom door?

Any claim of innocence for continued sin as Christians – or feigning shock that God would punish us – is very unwise.  If we’re going through any difficulty, we are still rebellious children if all we are doing is saying things to God like, “What did I do … why are you doing this to me … not fair … I thought you loved me!”  Exactly.  God does love us.  So much He wants us to stop repeating the same sins we did as unbelievers – when we were still ignorant about their eternal consequences (Acts 17:30).

Whomever God loves – He rebukes and chastens.  We are to therefore be zealous about repenting (Revelation 3:19).  As believers, we now have the only power we’ll ever have to put our sins into remission – through the power of the Holy Ghost in our hearts – with the same blood Christ shed upon the Cross being sprinkled on them as a salve (John 15:1-5, Hebrews 10:22). We are disobedient fools if we reject this power (Romans 13:2-4, Hebrews 6:4-6, 2 Peter 2:20-21).

Our Father is trying to cleanse us from all unrighteousness if we are Christians (1 John 1:9).  Isn’t that even hard for Him to do if we insist on professing and maintaining innocence in any matter?  If we ever believe our ways have become so clean and right in our eyes (Proverbs 16:2, Proverbs 21:2) – and we’ve reached a point where we think we shouldn’t have to face, or even deserve – any admonishment or correction anymore (Ecclesiastes 4:13) – His truth is not in us (1 John 1:8-10).

Who among us will ever be able to say “I have made my heart clean – I am pure from sin (Proverbs 20:9)?”  God is faithful and just to forgive our sins as believers – but that doesn’t mean He is going to forsake any punishment if we keep repeating them over and over.  We don’t continue in sin so that God’s grace may abound (Romans 6:1).  If we think we are going to go without chastisement and correction as Christians – we are bastards – and not sons (Hebrews 12:7-8).

Now, no punishment from God will seem joyous while we are undergoing it – but it’s intended to make us holy – set apart (Hebrews 12:9-11).  Our Father’s commandments are not meant to be grievous – but to help keep us from getting hurt over and over by sin (1 John 5:3).  If we keep going around with a “What have I done?” attitude before Him – especially to the point where we can’t even blush about sin anymore (Jeremiah 8:12) – do we not grieve the Holy Spirit within us (Ephesians 4:30)?

God will grieve us – but never willingly (Lamentations 3:32-33).  We are to be happy when God corrects us (Job 5:17) – but it will be grievous if we keep forsaking His way (Proverbs 15:10).  We bring everything upon ourselves as believers in the way of any trial or tribulation.  Our own wickedness corrects us. Our own backsliding reproves us (Jeremiah 2:19). If it doesn’t – and we continue with any innocent mindset – there’s no telling what He might do (2 Chronicles 36:16, Proverbs 29:1).

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– And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. – Luke 16:15

The abominable things we all have the capability and capacity to do and speak are not good in the eyes of God – He hates them (Deuteronomy 12:31, lead verse). They create disgust, loathing, and repugnance in Him – not of us, but of what we do and say. Christians are not immune from doing abominable things – and we should know better now (Acts 17:30). Some of them are: a proud look, lying tongues, hands that shed innocent blood, hearts that devise wicked imaginations, feet that are swift to run to mischief, a false witness that speaks lies, and those who sow discord among the brethren (Proverbs 6:16-19).

In the book of Jeremiah, God had brought evil upon Jerusalem. Because of the city’s wickedness – the Lord had been provoked to anger. They had burned incense and served other gods they did not know. God had sent His prophets to them, rising early and saying to the city, “Oh, do not this abominable thing I hate.” But they did not listen, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness – to stop burning incense to other gods (Jeremiah 44:2-5). We provoke our Father to jealousy when we serve strange gods – because that means our focus and attention is on them – and not Him (Deuteronomy 32:16).

Frowardness is also an abomination to the Lord. In mind or soul, it means perverse, wayward, and difficult to deal with (Proverbs 3:32, Proverbs 11:20). Even though we may join hand-in-hand – being proud in heart is also an abomination – and it will not be left unpunished (Proverbs 16:5). Our prayers can become abominations to God if we keep doing any of these things (Proverbs 28:9). It is far better to turn back to our Father now – and ask for His guidance and wisdom today in correcting any of our abominations. For the abominable are among the many (liars and unbelievers, for example) who shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone – which is the second death (Revelation 21:8).

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