Bible In One Year-Day 194 (Sunday, July 13, 2014)
Commentary: Proverbs1-3. To live a godly life in an ungodly world and to build strong character and morale in a depreciating, decadent and negatively influencing world, the book of proverbs must be read with the heart. It spans through all aspects of life and meets the need of all human age, gender and race. The flag in this book is WISDOM and the major instrument was King Solomon. Wisdom isn’t a talent but a gift of the Spirit of God. Solomon lacked it before he encountered God. The evidence of his encounter with God was WISDOM. Wisdom is a spiritual thing and comes from eternity. It represents God’s judgment and glory. Anyone who genuinely meets the Lord must carry something along as he or she leaves His presence that would stand as an evidence of that genuine encounter. The spiritual gifts in the New Testament were also found in the Old Testament except for the gift of tongues. That marks the evidence of God’s nature in us. Demons speak in tongues as experienced on deliverance ground. The difference is that it is to confuse and deceive while that which is from the Holy Spirit caries power and fire. The one by demon entertains but that from God shakes the kingdom of darkness to the root and turns the believer to unquenchable flames of fire;
Acts 2:3-4 “And there appeared to them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
The Holy Spirit gives gifts as He wills. His presence in Solomon was in the form of wisdom. You need that gift which will make you relevant in life. To have such gift, you must love the Lord with the whole of your heart. To love the Lord is to keep His commandment and do His will without compromise; this is sometimes referred to as the fear of the Lord.
Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Solomon loved the Lord and did not want to offend Him; he carried the fear of God in his heart into the dream. Those who love Him are easily transformed from within.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
One of the most profound demonstrations of wisdom is refusal to yield to sinners’ influences, i.e. resisting peer pressure;
Proverbs 1:10-15 “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. … My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:”
Wisdom starts with a seed and grows gradually. You could find it grow only in those who love knowledge and choose the fear of God. There is a sound wisdom and another unsound wisdom. Sound wisdom is found in the mouth of the upright, but the unsound looks sound; it is not, rather, it flatters. And it is only those whose hearts are perverted that fall prey of it. Wisdom delivers from such mouths.
Proverbs 2:16-19 “To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; … None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.”
Wisdom discerns and judges rightly. To have wisdom is to keep biblical laws and principles; this gives life and peace.
Proverbs 3:1-2 “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.”
Wisdom is to TRUST in God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, Prov3:5-8. Don’t be wise in your own eyes. Wisdom is to worship the Lord with your possessions. It is to embrace the Lord’s correction. We need to seek wisdom diligently.
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Proverbs4-6. Keep the fire burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries