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Just Wanna Live Right

January 18, 2020

The Purpose of Proverbs is to impart wisdom for godly living.

Solomon’s fathering advice to young people and all who seek wisdom will greatly benefit from these wise words.   Discover the source of wisdom, the value of wisdom and the benefits of wisdom.   Proverbs gives practical suggestions for effective living.   They should call a person to action.  The verses tell how you can live in close relationship to Him and offers positive advice that helps you to make good and righteous decisions. –  notes of the Life Application Study Bible

PROVERBS 10  The title of this chapter is Wise sayings of Solomon

This chapter is said to specifically have been written by Solomon.

Verse 1 says, ‘A wise son makes a glad Father.’  Meaning Dad is proud and happy when his son/daughter makes good choices and decisions.

‘But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.’  I can think of a situation where the Mother is worried about her son, who is hanging in the streets and choosing a lifestyle that is foolish or a daughter who is chasing a man that doesn’t love and respect her and has her doing things that are not right.

God’s principles for right living bring lasting happiness.  Proverbs gives us general situations in the examples.  They don’t apply to every aspect of life.  But basically letting us know that the life of a person who seeks God is better in the long run than the life of a wicked person.

Some people bring unhappiness on themselves by choosing wrong living, but righteous people are those who love the Lord and are seeking to follow him.

Everyday has 24 hours filled with opportunities to grow, serve and be productive.  What are you doing with your 24 hours?  Let us see time as God’s gift and seize your opportunities to live for Him.

In the notes, it gives a chart of examples of ‘wise learners’ and ‘foolish failures.’

  • Wise Learners – Gladly accept instruction… Foolish Failures – Ignore instruction
  • Wise Learners – Love discipline… Foolish Failures – Hate correction
  • Wise Learners – Listen to advice… Foolish Failures – Think they need no advice
  • Wise Learners – Accept parents disciplines… Foolish Failures – Mock parents
  • Wise Learners – Are on the pathway to life… Foolish Failures – will go astray
  • Wise Learners – Will be honored… Foolish Failures – End in poverty and disgrace
  • Wise Learners – Profit from constructive criticism… Foolish Failures – Harm themselves by refusing criticism

Verse 20 stood out to me, ‘The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, the heart of the wicked is worth little.’  I’ve always thought, as a Christian that it probably isn’t the wisest choice to seek advice or counsel about godly matters (which is pretty much everything in my life) from someone who God.  The advice probably wouldn’t be as helpful.  I want to get counsel from someone who will speak truth, even if it hurts.  And someone who knows how to talk to me in a way that is teaching and encouraging.  Don’t hurt my feelings to teach me.   Who do you get advice from?  And when you seek advice, what do you honestly want to hear?  The truth may not always feel good, but when given in love; it will do what has sent it to do.  Counsel from a righteous person is like choice silver…it is valuable, you can give it to others, doesn’t lose it’s worth.

Verse 22 ‘The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.’  The notes say, Wealth is a blessing only if we use it in the way God intended.’  Can you honestly say you are using the wealth/blessings/resources that God has given you in the way He intended?  How are you helping others?  Are you paying your tithes with what He has given you?  Are you spending wisely?

Fear the Lord and prolong your days…be aware of the wicked and the destruction that follows them.  Choose righteousness.

Only God can judge you? ummm, that’s a lie…

Let me 1st say that I’m talking to Christians when I say this. If you don’t identify yourself as a Christian then I am not talking to you. And let me also clarify that I believe God is our FINAL judge. He is the one who will make the final decision on where you and I will spend eternity.

That statement, “only God can judge me” has been on my mind for a minute now. I see it everywhere…on Facebook, tattooed on someone, in meme’s. So I know I needed to write about it because God kept making me see it. Then one day while I was listening to the bible in my car, the story of Jethro visiting Moses came on. Exodus the 18th chapter. Can I tell you, I had to play it back 3 times! I left like God was saying, “Yes this is for your understanding.” I love how God will confirm what He is teaching and showing you. But before I go into that, I did a little research trying to find out where this phrase came from. There is no scripture in the bible that says, “only God can judge me.” That is NOT biblical.

In my research, many made mention that those who are believing and living their lives to this statement are those who do not want to be held accountable to their actions. This is a way out of being corrected, a way out of having discipline and being obedient to God’s will for your life. Humans are very good at changing the things that God established and making them fit their wants. Laws and standards have been put in place in the this world because, if we are left to ourselves…we would destroy everything and each other. It’s the sinful nature that we were born into. Now I’m not saying that you can’t be mature and make right decisions. What I’m saying is that many of us won’t govern ourselves, so the ones who choose to live right would have to contend with those who don’t.

And then I often wonder, why wouldn’t you want to be warned or re-directed here on earth? Why would want to continue in your wrong behavior and wait for God to discipline or judge you? I tell people all the time, don’t make God have to turn your life upside down to get to you because you continue to want to do life your way. He’s a loving God, yes but His wrath is no joke. When scripture tells me that He is longsuffering and wishing that none should perish, that tells me He takes time with us, He sends help, He sends people to get us back on the right path. But some are pushing their help away because they don’t to be told that their right is wrong.

Anyway…let’s get back to the Exodus story of Jethro and Moses. Jethro was Moses father-in-law and he saw Moses handling people’s disputes and teaching people the laws of God. But Moses was the only one doing it. It was becoming overwhelming because ALL the people were coming to him. Jethro tells him that he wasn’t doing it right. You will wear yourself out and these people as well. This is too much for you to do alone. Now let me give you some good advice, and God will be with you. It is right for you to represent the people before God and bring their disputes to him. You should teach them God’s commands and explain to them how they should live and what they should do. But in addition, you should choose some capable men and appoint them as leaders of the people: leaders of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. They must be God-fearing men who can be trusted and who cannot be bribed. Let them serve as judges for the people on a permanent basis.

Ahhhhh….others where brought forth to judge. Capable men and women. God set forth people in the earth to help to judge. This is why I believe and scriptures tells me that God is the FINAL judge, but He has placed people in the earth to help give guidance and direction…because we need it!

There are many other scriptures that talk about how to judge people. So the Lord, set certain people aside to help judge and then wrote how to judge. How to be fair, how to carry yourself as a judge, He gave them standards and rules on judging. When you read them, look at the context of the them, where in was happening in scripture and in what time it was happening. Because rules and laws were different during different times of the world. Just like some rules and laws many not be for this time in the 20th century, so are the rules and times of the bible.

Read the bible for understanding. Not to point what is wrong in it. If you go with that mindset, you will miss so much understanding because you’ve already made up your mind.

God will judge you when you die. And then it will be too late to change your ways do things differently. Don’t put yourself in that predicament. Choose Christ today so you know where you will spend eternity.

Some of us don’t want to be judged because we are all over the place and need to make the decision to choose Christ and stick with it. You have gone back and forth with Him for a long time, but you haven’t been consistent. That is not how the Lord wants you to live. He wants your foundation to be strong and stable. God wants you to be like a tree planted by the water where the roots are deep and you can not be moved, because your source of life is right there next to you. God is your source of life.

One thing I am learning in my Christian walk is that God is re-teaching me. There were some things that I believed that were not really Him. My thinking was wrong. I also learned that the word hits us all differently. It is the same Word of God but it will speak to us differently according to our spiritual maturity and where we are in our walk. Be open to learn from the Holy Spirit, be open to grow and mature in Christ. And if you disagree, don’t throw it away. Bring it back to God and ask if it is for you. He will let you know and He will deal with you in that area. Be ok with God correcting you and showing you a new and different way of understanding Him. His way will ALWAYS be the better way! Trust!

If you were one of those people who people who believed that no one could judge you…make a comment and lets pray that you will see and receive the people and the help that God is sending you to make your crooked paths straight.

Do a word search and look up every scripture that talks about “judge or judging.”

I pray this was good reading for you.