The wisdom from Proverbs just astounds me. Within one book of Scripture, we are given wise words that pertain to every single area of our lives. So naturally, this book of wisdom would address how we are to conduct ourselves with others as it relates to us dealing with our important affairs. Of course it would.
Proverbs 25 was actually compiled some 250 years after the time of Solomon by another king, Hezekiah. I share that historical detail with you to highlight this important truth:
God preserves His own Word. Time, distance, and any other potential hindrance that might seek to prevent His Word from remaining are not even obstacles to our Almighty God. His Word is true, and His Word remains. Because He says so.
Today, I want to invite you to think about your top three “important affairs” right now in your life. I imagine your lists will include things like family, work, and faith, at least to some degree. Am I right? And as these things move and shift, causing ebbs and flows, ups and downs that we have to navigate, it can become increasingly difficult to act like Jesus when trying to “deal” with the waves of life. Can I get an Amen?!
So, when we find ourselves struggling to be like Jesus in circumstances that are either less than desirable or just outside of our control, how do we conduct ourselves? Look no further than the wise words found within Proverbs 25. Join me there today as I, too, seek to conduct myself like Jesus in this messy life.
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” Proverbs 25:2
* Translation: Not everything needs to be shared with others. Bring all things first to the Lord.
“Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence,
and do not claim a place among his great men;” Proverbs 25:6
* Translation: Humility is always the best road to take. Staying low allows room for you to be lifted up.
“Like clouds and wind without rain
is one who boasts of gifts never given.” Proverbs 25:14
* Translation: Don’t over-promise and then under-deliver. That’s what sin does.
“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.” Proverbs 25:21
* Translation: Love your enemies. Be like Jesus.
“Like a city whose walls are broken through
is a person who lacks self-control.” Proverbs 25:28
* Translation: Let self-control be a defining characteristic of your life.