Proverbs – God’s practical guide to a joyful life
Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well.
My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.
We just need to turn on the news and we can become instantly aware of the devastation of natural disasters, the corruption in business and political leaders, and impending wars and rumours of wars. There is sin, devastation and destruction all around us. How then can we ever be at rest and sleep peacefully? Well, believe it or not, we can!
The ability to be a peace in the midst of destruction doesn’t mean we just pretend death and chaos are not happening. In fact, throughout Revelation, God informs us that in the end times- yes, these times that we are living right now, on this side of the cross- terrible things will happen. However, we are not to be deceived by them nor follow their path of fear and hopelessness. For we know God has power over all these devastating acts. We can have the wisdom that seeks and trusts God’s care and providence over us. We can be strong and confident against all that may come our way. It may not be easy but it is our hope, even if death is upon us, that the Lord is protecting us, and only in his time will he take each of us home and where we will be blessed forever in his presence. As it is written by John in Revelation 14:12-13: “[These times call] for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus. Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds [of faithfulness] will follow them.””
So in this knowledge and confidence, we live each day acknowledging God’s grace in our lives as if it is a beautiful pearl necklace around our necks, and we can wake up, live our days, and go to bed in a peace that surpasses all understanding despite what rages and storms around us. May we place in our hearts the image that Habakkuk has left us:
I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. (Habakkuk 3:16-19 emphasis added)
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, there is so much chaos and destruction, corruption and lawlessness all around us, in all parts of the world. Help me to not get caught up in the fear and hopelessness that all this means for mankind. Help me not to be ignorant of the things that you have prophesied through John for our knowledge. Help me to stand firm in your love and grace, and be confident that in all things you have secured my life with yours here now on earth and also with you for eternity. Help me to live in your wisdom and peace of knowing you will never leave me, nor forsake me. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!