Wisdom Journey Day 22

I serve before Kings, as a man of humility and love,

applying my gifts in service to

building His kingdom and serving His creation.

Proverbs 22

1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. 2 Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all. 3 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it. 4 Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life. 5 In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them. 6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. 7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. 8 He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed. 9 A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor. 10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended. 11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend. 12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful. 13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!” or, “I will be murdered in the streets!” 14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; he who is under the LORD’s wrath will fall into it. 15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him. 16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich–both come to poverty.

Sayings of the Wise

17 Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, 18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. 19 So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you. 20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge, 21 teaching you true and reliable words, so that you can give sound answers to him who sent you? 22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, 23 for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them. 24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, 25 or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared. 26 Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; 27 if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you. 28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your forefathers. 29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.

Does God love the poor? It becomes so evident in the Proverbs that one of our first duties as men who love and fear God is to care for those less fortunate than ourselves. Share what we have, don’t look down (haughty), don’t exploit. No matter where you are at in your own life, there is always someone less fortunate for you to serve.

Verse 17 & 21 give us our purpose – to share the wisdom! To give sound answers. Sounds like 1Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear”. Our Purpose, our Mission as Ambassadors of Christ – Share the Good News, & in these verses it is to those that ask. And the reason they will ask is because they see something in your life that is different, attractive and hopeful.

Verse 29 Reminds us of the importance of using our God given skills. For it is in that capacity, when you know that you are doing the work you were created to do that you then serve “Before Kings”. Do you know your gifts, your purpose, your mission? Are you living that purpose? Your unique purpose?

 

I serve before Kings, as a man of humility and love,

applying my gifts in service to

building His kingdom and serving His creation.

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