Welcome back. It’s been a while since anything new was posted on here. I was on holidays for four weeks and last week just spent time getting caught up and reintegrated into the work. Amazing how the world continued to turn and lives didn’t disintegrate in the absence of new daily postings. It’s good to take a break from things from time to time, if for no other reason, than to remind oneself that the only indispensable One in anything is He who called us to Himself and chooses to use us to do things that He can do flawlessly. It’s a great privilege to be used by such a Father. We serve Him with all our might and talent, not because He needs us in order to get His purposes done, but because there simply is no greater privilege in the world, or out of it for that matter, than to serve our Saviour. We love Him and our hope is that this little contribution will be used by Him for the good of those who happen to stumble upon it. If you have stumbled upon it because you are looking for a church to attend or have some need you would like to talk about, then just check out the information on the home page about us and give us a call. We cannot possible promise to have all the answers to any questions that may be asked, but we do know the one who does and it is amazing how He helps us.
So, we are back in the saddle again. Here is a little something that I hope does you some spiritual good today.
20 for the evil man has no future;
the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
21 My son, fear the Lord and the king,
and do not join with those who do otherwise,
The lamp of the wicked will be put out. Now there’s a promise that is worth latching onto. It comes in the context of the writer warning his readers not to fret over evil doers. The solution to fretting here is far sightedness. We need to keep an eternal perspective. They will not burn long. The things that they do and possess are the very things that will bring them to eternal destruction, because they love these things more than God, they allow these things to get in the way of seeing God properly. They blunt the heart and soul. They cause people to think that these trinkets that are so alluring are what life is truly about. But human beings cannot live without something to push toward. They cannot survive without something to strive for, reach for, live for. This is the way we are made and the envy of the wealthy, the fretting over the power of the wicked is due to an idolatrous longing to have what they have. The solution to this is to fear God., This is what the writer tells us in verse 21. You want something to fear? Fear God. There is something really worth fearing. What can the wicked do to you? Kill you? They can do nothing beyond that. And this is the proverb writer’s point. You can tremble and fret at the wicked and avoid the pain that comes from having them on your back. Then enter eternity and suffer with them. Or you can fear God and tremble before Him and dwell in unimaginable glory forever. It’s a no brainer. And most people miss it.