A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Kings Grace Fellowship.
Twice in a row I get to teach. What a treat! I wanna jump right into Proverbs 25 tonight. So let’s get to reading.
1. God reveals, man discovers (v. 2)
Proverbs 25:2 (NKJV)
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
I like this passage because it encouraged me to seek after the Lord more because I realize that I’ve only seen what’s He has revealed to me. There IS more! So much more! But I have to seek after Him with my whole heart.
2. All cleaned up (v. 4)
Proverbs 25:4 (NKJV)
4 Take away the dross from silver, And it will go to the silversmith for jewelry.
This has always spoke to me, each time I read it. Although I know God will take me just as I am, and He will use me with all of my warts. But, I want to become the masterpiece that Paul talks about Christ working in me. I think in order for that to happen, we have to get rid of all the impurities so He can make a thing of beauty from the ashes of our lives.
I think it’s good to ask ourselves some questions. Such as, “Am I ready for the silversmith?” . . . When I look into a mirror, does the reflection that looks into your soul still hold some type of shame over your head? “Is there a reason for that?”
These are not guilt questions, I believe they’re healthy questions that we should be asking ourselves often. Am I preventing some of my own growth? Is God having a hard time getting me to let go of the impurities? These are good questions.
I know God can make beauty from disaster, but it will take my involvement and surrender. What more could He do through us if we walked in obedience to all that we know in the Word.
Proverbs 25:8–12 (NKJV)
8 Do not go hastily to court; For what will you do in the end, When your neighbor has put you to shame? 9 Debate your case with your neighbor, And do not disclose the secret to another; 10 Lest he who hears it expose your shame, And your reputation be ruined. 11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver. 12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.
I value highly talking directly to people I have conflict with. In most cases, if we would simply go to the individual that has offended us and have a respectful, rational conversation with them most situations would be resolved easily.
When one goes around talking about it to whomever would listen, the situation is already out of control. Why bring someone else into the conflict when they have no business being involved. We shroud “building our team” behind a thin veil of supposed “council”. If you haven’t prayed and ask God about it BEFORE you talk to the individual OR anyone else then you’ve already gone down the wrong path.
We should excel at talking to people. Sometimes it’s even better for the other person if we would be willing to suffer for a supposed wrong committed. Learning to speak “fitly spoken” words is a great asset. The bottom line is, you don’t have to be right always.
I think we just need to learn to speak kindly, honestly, and respectfully to all. It will prevent many conflicts from escalating to all-out war. In the end, God will sort it all out.
Proverbs 25:21–22 (NKJV)
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; 22 For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the LORD will reward you.
As I read this passage I was reminded that we should always strive to do the right thing. The right thing to do when people are hurting or hungry is to alleviate to the best of your ability, their suffering. You may not be able to meet all of their need(s) but what can, you should.
This is biblical compassion and it’s even more important when it involves someone you’ve been in conflict with. We do things that are good and wholesome because it right to do them. It doesn’t matter if they are friend or foe. This the world does not understand.
Lynda and I have tried to live life that goes above and beyond to do the right thing. Paul said it like this:
Romans 12:18 (NKJV)
18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
It’s so important for the world to see our consistency and love expressed tangibly. Paul continues with a quote of this Proverb:
Romans 12:19–21 (NKJV)
19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
It’s easy to do the wrong thing or nothing at all. A mite bit harder to do the right thing. This is real wisdom.
This has always been interesting as well.
Proverbs 25:24 (NKJV)
24 It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
I don’t want to give any kind of permissions for a man to withdraw from his wife, rather I want to encourage learning to respond in a better way. What makes “YOU” contentious. Contentions means “causing or likely to cause an argument;”
Do you like to argue? Why make it so hard. Wouldn’t it be easier if you didn’t have the stress of arguing? Do you always have to win? Wouldn’t it be nice if you weren’t always trying be in the best position?
No relationship can be healthy if there is always contentions. One must learn how to compromise and relate well to others. Especially in a marriage.
Proverbs 25:28 (NKJV)
28 Whoever has no rule over his own spirit Is like a city broken down, without walls.
This last one is very significant to me because it really came to light during a very stressful time for me personally. My heart was raw with emotions and I felt at any moment I could burst. I was all over the emotional map. As I came upon this passage I could hear my spirit cry out “Yeah!”, but I felt powerless to stem to emotions.
I then realized the point of this proverb. It’s not to point out the obvious! It’s was to encourage me to keep my walls in good repairs. Don’t confuse this with “putting walls” to keep people out of your life, rather this is making sure the main structures of you thinking are God honoring and build upon faith in His Word and in the Person of Jesus Christ!
Your emotions spin off your thinking or perception of things. If you believe the devils lies, you will be unstable. However, if you hold fast to the truth of the Word you will be protected. So get a firm grip of the truth of the Word and believe it!
Again, these are just highlights from my personal reading of Proverbs 25 as things came to the surface this time. Take what fits and makes sense. Surrender it all to Christ. Let God’s wisdom reshape you into the person God knows you can be.