Bible Reading: Proverbs 28.21-25
To show partiality is not good—yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.
22 The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.
23 Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.
24 Whoever robs their father or mother and says, “It’s not wrong,” is partner to one who destroys.
25 The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.
Last Sunday was Resurrection Day. I hope it was a meaningful day of worship and reflection for you. The resurrection is more than our finite minds can comprehend. What Christ did for us was truly Amazing Grace. May we sing about it, and be thankful for it each moment of each day. And our entire nation would be well served to do exactly that also, but it does not seem to be the case with many of our fellow citizens, neighbors, family members etc.
It seems that many are simply in pursuit of fleeting pleasure. Our church’s leaders know this, and thankfully we are being trained and lead to go out with the Gospel message in a deliberate way. We all know that only God can save people, and give them purpose, and yet it is humbling that we have a part in God’s redemptive plan.
In today’s Proverbs, we get more contrasts from Solomon, contrasts between good and evil, right and wrong. When we look at the negative side of each verse we see behaviors that are all too common. Can we please look at these in light of our government – daily we see partiality, stinginess, flattery, robbery and greed running rampant. And we are all aware of God’s commands regarding the government. We have already seen in Proverbs 21:1, these words, “In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.” And from 1Timothy 2:1-2, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
Election season is in full bloom already, and we will probably get very sick of it very soon. But as Christ-followers we have our marching orders. We must be about God’s work, and we must be in prayer for our leaders and our government. Most importantly we must vote. And we must vote for the Godliest candidate for each office at every level. Easier said than done, huh.
For us to see partiality, stinginess, flattery, robbery and greed decrease – the hearts of people have to change and surrender to Christ. As we continue to witness to the world, we need to remember that our part is faithfulness. No one could put it any better than Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:6-9, which he says, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service.”
Memory Verse: He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion. Proverbs 28.13