Proverbs-Live As the Wise!

Pray for Wisdom!

Solomon was the wisest of all kings on the earth. Yes, we can still read his quotes in scripture, and yet, in the end,he fell. How could this possibly happen? He had everything a man could want.

First we see from the scriptural account, that he was bestowed with wisdom, power and riches, because he was humble enough to ask, not for any material blessings. He asked for wisdom, to lead God’s people.

And because he had humbled himself before the Lord, he was given everything else. But our God, is the essence of all wisdom, and He knew that this bounty is what causes distraction from Him. In the end, the pagan wives, caused even the great and powerful, Solomon,to stumble.

Well, we can see this happen to people everywhere. God will give wisdom to those who ask. He tells us that “the fear of the Lord, is the beginning of wisdom. He is the source, so it would make sense, that without a proper fear of who He is, we cannot even begin to walk in true wisdom.

Oh yes, you may have many patting you on the back and telling you how great you are. How intelligent and wonderful are your accomplishments. But yet, this may not have anything at all to do with wisdom. “Wisdom,is not tied to intelligence or vast knowledge, but is directly related to the ‘fear of the Lord,” thus the wise are those who know God and obey His commands.” (NIV)

If anyone has read my posts, you know that one of my favorite Proverbs is; “The wicked man flees, though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1) How true I have found this to be in life. Some wicked give away their hand, out of fear of being found out.Even though, they cannot hide from the Lord. He is not mocked. He is no respecter of persons. Yet, when we walk in righteousness, we are to confront the enemy. Engage and not retreat. We are bold. Why should we fear? What can man do to us? The Lord places this boldness in us, to bring men to repentance.

We are the ones that He chooses to use, to help those who are in darkness. They are deceived and are also leading others astray. “”He who  leads the upright along an evil path, will fall into his own trap. But the blameless will receive a good inheritance.” Proverbs 28:10

At times it seems the whole world is corrupt and men of integrity are few. But those who continue to walk in His ways, will be honored. “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.” Proverbs 28:5

“By justice a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes, tears it down.” Proverbs 29:4 Yes, it seems as if the playbook, which we had been given for life, has been neglected.

These proverbs were meant to be studied. We are to pray and ask our God to help us in our time of need. When people resort to lying, stealing, cheating, it is only a statement to God, that they do not place their trust in Him. And in the end, they have compromised their integrity and honor among men.

James tells us the key to attaining wisdom; “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)

No, Solomon didn’t need labor unions or hundreds of managers to run his kingdom. It is really a very simple principle. He asked God for wisdom. And when you see that he had 12 managers, it’s truly amazing. Yet, there are more nuggets of wisdom imbedded in his plans. Study the building of his temple and the kingdom that he managed.

It is very interesting to note that Solomon had 12 district governors and each district had the responsibility of providing supplies for king Solomon for one month of the year. This sounds like the perfect plan. No one district’s resources would ever diminish and the kings royal household always had supplies. (1 Kings 4:7)

As you read further down you will see, “the people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy” Wow, what a difference it would make if our ‘kingdoms’ were run with the same wisdom.

But first we must remember, Solomon was not ego driven. He wasn’t driven by his own lust for power or riches. He was driven by his love for God and the people He placed within his care. This is why we must pray for Godly leadership.

You can also see that Solomon refused to take any of the Israelites as slave labor; “they were his fighting men, his government officials, his officers, his captains, and the commanders of his chariots and charioteers. They were also chief officials in charge of Solomon’s projects-550 officials supervising the men who did the work.” 1 Kings 9:20

This book is a pattern of true leadership. Leaders with the wisdom to lead. The compassion and grace to be empathetic. And the true desire to listen to God’s plans, rather than the plans of men. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but it leads to death.”

Now this is the only prayer which really matters, especially in these perilous times. “Lord, please give us wisdom!”


The Man in the Mirror

Throw off everything that hinders you!

Throw off everything that hinders you!

I just heard of a famous man that had been a respected man with great accomplishments in his career, yet when he died, his whole life was marked by the last moments on this earth.

I loved watching his movies and his soft spoken voice. He seemed to personify the character that most people want in a hero. Yet the media picked up the ugly details of his demise and exposed it for all the public.

As much as his own family and friends wanted to cover this up and I’m sure their pain is tremendous, it is too late. Once it is exposed, there’s no stopping it.

The Lord tells us, “fall on the Rock and be broken, lest the Rock fall on us and break us to pieces.” He wants us to repent and be broken or it will happen anyway. The latter causes pain for everyone involved.

The darkness can stay covered for  only so long. “Be sure to know your sin will find you out.” Our sin hurts everyone. It is selfish.

Now, I’m quite sure that this is not the legacy that this man would have chosen for himself and would have longed for the freedom that Christ could have offered, had he only known that Truth is the way out. He could have finished the race a winner.

I was speaking with a man about this and said, “it is not who you are in the public eye. You can take people to church with you and lead very public ministries. You can pastor the largest church in the country. But the man that you are when no one is looking, is the one that the Lord is going to deal with. If you are not the same man that you are in the mirror, then be sure that He is the one that will expose the truth for the whole world to see. He may delay this for your own benefit, so that you find repentance, however, if you do not, God will not be mocked. God does not care about your “good works.” He cares about the condition of your soul.

Look what James says, “Get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word that has been planted in you which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word and deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, bot doing it, he will be blessed in what he does. (James1:22-25)

Do you think it’s difficult to be the same man when you are in front of people and in private? Then it is because you haven’t been looking into the perfect law,enough. It is searching the scriptures, which is able to make you wise. Remember, the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” The reason that we have a country on the brink of ruin, is that there has been no fear of God.

Finish the race with integrity and wisdom that can only come from God. If you are to run the race you must, “cast off everything that hinders you” and this can only be done through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

I am saddened every time I hear of a person that has lived a life full of accomplishments and ended it in such a sad way. It is as if they collapsed right before the finish line.

The words that I want as my legacy are these, “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day- and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. Remember also he tells us that wait, “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind conceived, what I have for those that love me.” Of course we cannot comprehend this. We have a human, finite mind, and His is infinite. For His promises, I hold on, because He is the only one that keeps His promises. He will deliver us when the final race is over.