Proverbs 26 12-26-18

What blessings would you like to receive? What is most important to you? What would please you the most?

4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself. Pr 26:4

The folly of a fool is that he sets his sights too low. This life passes by so quickly that we barely get to enjoy it. Often, by the time we get to a place where we CAN enjoy it, we are too old, too injured, too broken, too jaded to care, or the opportunity we wanted has passed us by. There are always a few who seem to have the golden touch and enjoy “life” fully. But, do they really? What is left at the end of their lives? How is their relationship to God? Let’s read about these people:

Psalm 73:1 [a psalm of Asaph] Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. Jesus said that the pure I heart will see God (Matt. 5:8).

2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. 3 For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. He took his eyes off the Lord and began to look around him. He lost his focus.

4 They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. 5 They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills. 6 Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. 7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity; the evil conceits of their minds know no limits. Satan will always spotlight the “beautiful and perfect” so that we don’t see what he is really about. He comes to kill, steal, and destroy (Matt. 10:10).

What happens when we take our eyes off Jesus?

13 Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence. 14 All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning. We miss the best part of knowing God! We miss His presence, His participation, His power, His partnership, His purpose, and especially His peace.

15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed your children. People are watching. They are looking for faithful followers of Christ, for encouragement and examples of how to live by faith.

16 When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me 17 till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny. Let’s look at these arrogant people from an eternal perspective:

18 Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to [final] ruin. 19 How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors! 20 As a dream when one awakes, so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies [mere wisps of smoke]. Their lives are a mere blinking of God’s eye, for all of their foolish boasting.

21 When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, 22 I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. God understands how difficult it is to look beyond the world in which we live, but that’s exactly what He asks us to do.

BEST VERSE: 23 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. 24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.

  1. Or, He is always with us (Matt. 28:20),
  2. He holds us by the hand-our dominant hand, which means that he wants control of our lives,
  3. He guides us by the ever-present Holy Spirit in our lives,
  4. He promises us that we will be with Him in glory! It doesn’t get any better than that!!!

EXALTATION: 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

CONCLUSION: 27 Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. 28 But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.

Let’s ask the Lord for the correct set of glasses so that we can see from His perspective and thank Him for such a wonderful and secure future! Now, lets live our lives accordingly.

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