Proverbs 14 4-14-20

We are all connected. There’s no way to make a decision that affects only us, which is why we need accountability. Let’s look at three verses from today’s chapter:

6 The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.

When we look within ourselves for wisdom and understanding, we find that pleasing ourselves is meaningless once we get past the momentary; “to what end?” we ask (Solomon wrote a whole book on this subject: Ecclesiastes). Also, our vain attempts to understand the times get swept away by the next wave of new circumstances. It’s time to look up and ask our heavenly Father what is going on! Just know this: He is NOT accountable to us, but us to Him. He doesn’t have to explain Himself or His actions. In fact, He is looking for those whose hearts are set on trusting Him regardless of what happens. 2 Chronicles 16:9a

In 2 Chronicles 14, we learn that Asa king of Judah loved the LORD and served him all his life. He had grown up in a home that was very godless, yet somehow came out faithful. If we don’t think that our actions affect other people, watch this:

  • Solomon was the son of David and Bathsheba. He had 700 wives and 300 concubines. They drew his heart away from the LORD.
  • His son, Rehoboam, was Solomon’s successor. His mother was Naamah, an Ammonite (1 Kings 14:33). She was an idol worshiper and raised her son to worship idols, as well.
  • His son, Abijah, was just like his dad and committed all the sins his father had done before him; his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his forefather had been.” (1 Kings 15:3) His mother was an idol worshiper and taught him to do the same.
  • Which brings us to his son, Asa, who somehow got good training and loved the LORD all his life (1 Kings 15:14). He even deposed his grandmother from her position as queen mother, because she had made a repulsive image for the worship of Asherah. (v13)
  • Asa raised a son to love the LORD. “The LORD was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the ways of his father [and his forefather] David before him.” (2 Chronicles 17:3). “His heart was devoted to the ways of the LORD; furthermore, he removed the high places and the Asherah poles from Judah.” (v6). He even appointed priests to go through the towns of Judah and teach God’s Word: “They taught throughout Judah, taking with them the Book of the Law of the LORD; they went around to all the towns of Judah and taught the people.” (v9).

That’s as far as I have gotten in my reading of the kings of Judah and Israel. We’ve heard the phrase, “No man is an island,” by Jon Donne, but did you know that Paul said something very similar? Romans 14:7. What we do and believe affects those around us, especially those in our care, like our family.

15 The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.

God designed us to think. We are made in His image. Our first thought must be to realize that we don’t know the answer because we don’t have all the information. We were ALWAYS meant to be connected to Him for background information, foresight, and guidance. SIN cut us off from the MAIN SERVER, so to speak. Our connection now is with the Holy Spirit. The more we lean on Him for advice, the better off we will be.

22 Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.

We reap what we sow Galatians 6:7-10 . I pray that you will intentionally plan to love the LORD and serve Him, and to encourage those around you to do the same. Revival is all about us being motivated by our love for God to quit doing wrong things and to start doing right things AS WE WALK IN STEP WITH THE SPIRIT. Again, we were never intended to make decisions on our own, but with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Let’s seek Him today. Let’s talk with Him and ask His opinion on everything. You will find that His will is good, pleasing and perfect Romans 12:2

Abba, may I take my own advice and seek Your face today for all the answers to my questions, even if the answer is, “That’s not for you to know; just trust Me.” I AM trusting You, Father, and I am looking forward to seeing Your glory displayed through the circumstances of life, especially MY life. May I be discerning of Your voice so that knowledge comes easily to me, LORD. I’m listening and watching. Amen.

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