~ Proverbs 25 ~ the Goldmine of ~ Spiritual Wisdom
ALLOW the LORD FIRST PLACE in your LIFE!
~ Proverbs 25 The Goldmine Of ~ Spiritual Wisdom ~
The Proverbs are a superb, affluent, instructive didactic collection of godly wisdom. King Solomon transparently shares his heart with us. He pours out his God given wisdom gleaned from his introspective reminiscing of his life. He had a great deal of prophetic insight. If one listens assiduously you will hear his sincerity while relaying his intimate inner thoughts.
King Solomon praised the Lord for His marvelous incredible works. After one of his memorable prayers he then spoke to an assembly of Israel. Hear his words, please listen carefully;
“Praise be the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel just as He promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises He gave through His servant Moses. May the Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers; May He never leave or forsake us. May He turn our hearts to Him, to walk in all His ways and to keep the commands, decrees and regulations He gave our fathers. And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, that He may uphold the cause of His servant and the cause of His people Israel according to each day’s need. So that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other. But your hearts must be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by His decrees and obey His commands at all times…”
I Kings 8.
There is a lot to ponder and digest in the above passage of scripture. No doubt King Solomon had a deep spiritual connection with the Lord. He starts out reassuring the children of Israel that the Lord keeps His promises. This is still true today. Every single promise He made to Moses came into fruition!
We too can pray in anticipation with the same expectation when our hearts are right with the Lord. The beauty of it all is; NOW we have the precious gift of His Holy Spirit abiding within us. Each day we must ask for the infilling presence of His Holy Spirit to lead, guide, direct and protect us.
This grand historical litigious lecture King Solomon gave to Israel took place right before he dedicated the magnificent Temple. The Lord chose Israel to bless the whole world. The Temple was a beautiful sight. The finest most exquisite materials were used in its construction. It contained precious metals of gold, silver, and bronze. Cedar was plentifully used throughout the Temple, which was also overlaid with gold in some places and used for many of its furnishings. Everything was provided for the Temple to be built with the finest quality. Solomon knew although he had built a Temple to honor God, no man made structure regardless as to how grand or magnificent could EVER even begin to contain GOD!
HEAVEN IS GOD'S THRONE and the earth is GOD'S FOOTSTOOL!
It was over four hundred and eighty years after Israel escaped Egypt led by Moses before the Temple was actually built. All during this time through his spiritual leaders the Lord continued to emphasize the importance of having a personal intimate relationship with Him. Worshipping GOD continued inside and beyond the walls... God then and now wants to be the center of our lives wherever we are. Although King Solomon knew the Lord did not dwell in the Temple He asked the Lord; “May your eyes be open toward the Temple night and day...” I Kings 8. The Temple was a dedicated holy sanctuary for the people to come together and worship the Lord!
Solomon was the wisest, wealthiest man that ever lived or will live according to the Word of God. The Lord’s presence was always with him yet he at some point chose to turn away. He is a great example of what happens when one seeks to venture off on their own. It is important to always take time to listen to the Lord! Here in these Proverbs we can discover a Goldmine of SPIRITUAL WISDOM as we attentively mind through these precious invaluable contents.
The Lord is totally aware of our shortcomings. Therefore for this reason, He allowed His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to adorn Himself in a body of sinless flesh. To actually leave Heaven and come down to earth and live among us. It is while in the flesh Jesus overcame sin for us! He lived a sinless life and was “born o f the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified died and was buried! Yet, gloriously on the third day He arose from the grave with all power!” He is the Resurrection and the Life!
After His resurrection Jesus actually remained on the earth another forty days before He ascended to heaven. Therefore there should never be any doubt that He wonderfully overcame sin, death and the grave! Right before He ascended He shared this with His disciples what we have come to know as the GREAT COMMISSION; “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of ALL nations. Baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28.
This is what life is all about. We are to obey, live out proclaim and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To make disciples and followers of Him! Encourage others to embrace His principles in the Word for life and living! Did He not say He is with us to the end of the age?
Baptism is a symbol of our submission to His will and His way. By it we publicly express to others that we truly BELIEVE and have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior! We then embark upon a life altering ongoing spiritual metamorphosis! You do not remain the same once you have truly been touched by Jesus. We continually grow towards becoming perfected through Him. His Holy Spirit, His Comforter resides within us and our body becomes a Temple! But one must ask continually for His infilling presence as needed...
Jesus Christ wants to be the Lord of your life!
God loves us so much, that He has provided us with a Comforter, His Holy Spirit to be with us always. This is why we need to meditate upon His Word! It is our necessary essential spiritual food! Yes Lord “Give us today our daily bread…” Start by spending time in the Proverbs!
~ Proverbs 25 ~
Proverbial Lesson Highlights
Wisdom for Leaders
King Hezekiah was one of the few kings that truly honored the Lord. He followed God closer than any other king. “Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like Him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the Lord and did not cease to follow Him; he kept the commands the Lord had given to Moses and the Lord was with Him…” II Kings 18.
What is so very interesting King Hezekiah's father Ahaz was just the opposite. He worshipped idol gods? He was a wicked man, and he actually nailed the doors to the Temple shut! King Hezekiah instead diligently worked to restore the Temple and tore down the altars of the idol gods. When KIng Hezekiah became deathly ill the Lord’s prophet came to him and said; Put your house in order because you are going to die and will not recover.” II Kings 20. King Hezekiah fervently prayed to the Lord. The Lord granted his prayer request. He healed him and actually gave him another fifteen years to live. Look at God!
The Proverbs are powerful! Never underestimate the power of the Lord! “All things are possible.” With Him! Matthew 18. “These are more Proverbs of Solomon, copied by the men of Hezekiah King of Judah: It is a glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”
True humility is honorable in the eyes of the Lord. The Lord knows us from the inside out. Jesus also uses this particular Proverbs as a parable. Notice how many will fight to sit up front. Allow the Lord first place in your life and it will not matter where you sit. Here in the Proverb we learn; "Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the presence of great men:
For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.
The Apostle Luke also teaches us about humility;
“...When you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you ‘Friend move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts he will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14.
Humility teaches us to compare ourselves with Jesus instead of others. This way we all fall short. He is aware of all we do or do not do….This way we can also realize that there is always room for improvement. Again; “Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among great men; it is better to say to you “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman.”
Words of wisdom when spoken appropriately and at the right appointed time are invaluable. Precious godly wisdom is dispersed ALL throughout the Word of God. “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”
A Wise Rebuke
When rebuked by a wise person although it may be harsh the intent is not to hurt but to help us. Wise godly counsel should not be taken lightly. We should be willing to give it as well as receive it. The words of a wise person are beneficial to one who listens attentively and should be valued liken to fine gold! Here again we learn the importance of knowing God’s Word and implementing the principles in our everyday life! “Like an earring of gold, or an ornament of fine gold, is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear.”
A firm belief in God, integrity and honesty are important character traits. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find people who are loyal and trustworthy. But whenever you do encounter them you should appreciate them. They are not so easily swayed and do not welcome or embrace gossip. They embrace standing upon the WORD of GOD over what is popular! They are dependable and please do not take them for granted. You can count on them to do what they say and be where they are supposed to be! Trustworthy people are usually quite efficient, hardworking, responsible and punctual. They are beautiful inside and out and are a lovely sigh of relief! “Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters.
There are those that no matter how much you try to sincerely help they will misconstrue and misunderstand your intentions. They may also become embittered and revengeful when you do not give them what they want. This can sometimes come from those you least expect. (Remember Judas he was a close follower of Jesus! But for all the wrong reasons!) Pray for discernment and exercise patience!
Do not get entwined or allow them to weave their web of bitterness and malice around you. The Word tells us “Do not be fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong...” Psalm 37. There are times when you must just give them to the Lord. Some things will just not be understood on this side of Heaven! Don’t argue with a foolish person… Remember, nothing you do ever goes unrecognized by the Lord. Do whatever you do as though you do it unto the Lord!
Although it can be difficult God’s form of retaliation really does work. Prayer for those who use you… “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with GOOD!” Romans 12. When others come against you: God will fight your battles! In His time He will work it out for your good! “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat: if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing so you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.”
Webster defines honor as a high regard or great respect given received or enjoyed. Good reputation or fame. A keen sense of right and wrong; adherence to action or principles considered right; integrity: to conduct yourself with honor.
Remember your honor and reputation is always safe in the Lord not matter how things appear. For we serve an Omniscient God! Therefore readily humble yourself and REPENT whenever necessary.
Honor is not something we should lavish upon ourselves. One must be careful not to fret when they do not receive the recognition they think is due them. It is better at times to settle for just knowing yourself that you did your best. It is important not to become focused on always being recognized for what you do. Absolutely nothing goes unrecognized by GOD! “It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to seek one’s own honor.”
There is so much more to ponder in these wonderful Proverbs. I hope that you read this Proverb in its entirety. There is much said that will open up your understanding and promote additional spiritual growth when you take the time to absorb and assimilate what is being said. Each time you read a Proverb you will ascertain a deeper meaning! The WORD of GOD is "ALIVE & POWERFUL!" There are so many wonderful nuggets of SPIRITUAL WISDOM to discover. I recommend making your very own personal mental notes and see how they speak to your heart. Reading a Proverb each day will increase your spiritual growth and discernment! GOD BLESS YOU!
This Proverbs concludes by telling us: “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.”
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