Understanding Warning Signs V

Friday, September 9, 2022

Sincerity Having Peace Instagram Post. 09/09/2022 8:00am

23 In the end, a severe reprimand is appreciated

    far more than bootlicking flattery.

24 Anyone who robs father and mother

    and says, “So, what’s wrong with that?”

    is worse than a pirate.

25 A grasping person stirs trouble,

    but trust in God brings a sense of well-being.

26 If you think you know it all, you’re a fool for sure;

    real survivors learn wisdom from others.

27 Be generous to the poor—you’ll never go hungry;

    shut your eyes to their needs, and run a gauntlet of curses.

28 When corruption takes over, good people go underground,

    but when the crooks are thrown out, it’s safe to come out.

-Proverbs 28:23-28 The Message

23 Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor

    than he who flatters with his tongue.

24 Whoever robs his father or his mother

    and says, “That is no transgression,”

    is a companion to a man who destroys.

25 A greedy man stirs up strife,

    but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.

26 Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,

    but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.

27 Whoever gives to the poor will not want,

    but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.

28 When the wicked rise, people hide,

    but when they perish, the righteous increase.

-Proverbs 28:23-28 ESV

Verse 23 study: Honesty wins the long-term reward regardless of how painful it is. A needed rebuke positively affects personal relationships, while flattery only undermines them.

Verse 24 study: Family relationships are at the hub of all human ties. To steal from a parent without shame shows the usual depravity that undermines all relationships.

Verse 25 study: Trust in the Lord that dependence and faith fear the Lord.

Verse 26 study: Rugged individualist is heroes. We admire the bold, self-directed men and women who know what they want and fight for it. They are self-reliant, not giving or sharing advice, not asking for advice. This is an example of contrast to God’s way. A person can’t know the future and can’t predict the consequences of their choices with certainty. The self-reliant person is doomed to failure. The wise person depends on God. Trusting in your mind and self is the destructive opposite of trusting the Lord. A person walking in wisdom knows the correct way and that the fear of the Lord is correlated.

Verse 27 study: God wants us to identify with the needy, not ignore them. The second part of the proverb could relate to positivity. Those who open their eyes to the poor will be blessed. If we help others in trouble, they will do whatever to return the favor. Paul promises that God will supply our needs. He usually does this through others. What can you do to help God provide for someone’s needs?

24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
    another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
    and one who waters will himself be watered. -Proverbs 11:24-25 ESV
19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:19 ESV

Verse 28 study: The righteous may have to cycle between inactivity and activity, but his persistence brings success.

Understanding Warning Signs IV

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Sincerity Having Peace Instagram Post. 09/06/2022 8:00am

17 A murderer haunted by guilt

    is doomed—there’s no helping him.

18 Walk straight—live well and be saved;

    a devious life is a doomed life.

Doing Great Harm in Seemingly Harmless Ways

19 Work your garden—you’ll end up with plenty of food;

    play and party—you’ll end up with an empty plate.

20 Committed and persistent work pays off;

    get-rich-quick schemes are ripoffs.

21 Playing favorites is always a bad thing;

    you can do great harm in seemingly harmless ways.

22 A miser in a hurry to get rich

    doesn’t know he’ll end up broke.

-Proverbs 28:17-22 The Message

17 If one is burdened with the blood of another,

    he will be a fugitive until death;

    let no one help him.

18 Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered,

    but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.

19 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,

    but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.

20 A faithful man will abound with blessings,

    but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.

21 To show partiality is not good,

    but a man will do wrong for a piece of bread.

22 A stingy man hastens after wealth

    and does not know that poverty will come upon him.

-Proverbs 28:17-22 ESV

Verses 17-18 studies: A sinner’s conscience will drive them either to guilt or death. The guilt that builds up will probably result in repentance. Death will probably happen of refusal to repent. It is no act of kindness to try to make them feel better. The more guilt they feel, the more they are likely to turn to God for repentance. If we interfere with the natural consequences of his act, we may make it easier for them to continue in sin.

Verse 20 study: Faith and wisdom may lead to riches, but giving priority to riches is a severe error.

Verse 21 study: Just a tiny bribe can have messy results in maintaining order and justice in society.

Verse 22 study: A stingy man, a miser. Poverty will come. This means two things.

  1. Miser lacks the wisdom to keep wealth and gain it.
  2. God’s justice will not allow such one to be rich.