Proverbs 28 – Practical Wisdom for All Generations

Proverbs 28As gems scattered in a mine, ready to be found and used, so are precious gems of wisdom dispersed in the books of Proverbs ready to be used by the ear that can hear. These gems cut across generations and are all relevant to even this post-modern era. How seest thou?

“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Ever seen someone paranoid, or anxious that people are after them? God has not given the spirit of fear, but of boldness in faith. There is a reason that God allows people to run scared–they have earned it. There is an old Hispanic saying that goes, “El que tiene hecha, que tiene sospecha.” It is but an echo of this Bible truth, from a slightly different angle, that those who are guilty of a thing, will suspect others of the same.

“For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof.” Have you ever wondered why churches seem to need a different type of pastor, or leader, for every little thing nowadays? You have a Senior pastor, an associate pastor, a youth pastor, a family pastor, a children’s pastor (for the tiny ones), a men’s pastor, a women’s pastor, a prayer pastor, a community outreach pastor, an education pastor (these are real positions used in churches), and all the many diverse focus group and department leaders. Then there are boards for this, that, and the other thing that have the potential to make any needed reforms or actions extremely difficult because you have to go through levels of leadership to be able to do anything, even possibly just give a Bible study. Then we see the increasing bureaucracy in our government with all its red tape and forms for this, that, and the other thing that may, or may not get approved. All of this is out of harmony with the simplicity of gospel order. Yet, it is the transgression of the land, the people, that binds heavy burdens hard to be borne.

Then there is the emphasis of keeping the Law of God. This is practical wisdom for blessing and godliness that is impossible to separate from the counsel of God’s word, for it breathes out from all over the Bible–both the Old and New Testaments. Especially from the words of Solomon is obedience to the Law of God emphasized: “Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son.” Those who are wise will obey the Law of God, the Ten Commandments. “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” This is a little like a rebellious teenager stiffening their neck against their parents, but then asking for favors. Christendom has little problem with honoring obedience to not worshipping stones, not disrespecting parents, not committing adultery, not stealing, not murdering, and not lying. Yet, when it comes to the fourth commandment, many then start declaring that the Law of God–the transcript of God’s holy character–was nailed to the cross, or that many jots and tittles were changed for just the fourth commandment with really no solid Biblical evidence. The fourth commandment of the Law, the Sabbath rest, is a tremendous blessing to anyone who enters it by faith. It is a great delight to have a day wholly set aside to indulge ourselves in the Lord, and to rest from all worldly cares. To those who use it thus would never consider it a burden too heavy to be borne.

There are many truths in the Bible that one has to dig to find, but not so with keeping the Law of God, for it is as abundant as the stones that lay upon the top of the ground. “For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel…For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.” All throughout Scripture obedience to God is emphasized by Jesus, by the apostles, by the prophets of old, and by the wise Solomon. Yet, how about by you?

May you be wise,

Jeffrey Maxwell


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