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The Proverbial Journey 11

March 11, 2010

Proverbs Chapter 11

“It’s not fair!”  Being a parent of 3 children this is a phrase that I am familiar with.  There is this thing in us that truly cries out for justice.  The problem is that cry for justice is corrupted by our sin and flesh.  We want things to go our way.  We want a good deal for us on things and don’t stop to think that the deal might be good for us by not so much for the other party.  I’m not so sure that we even understand the meaning of fairness and equality in western culture anymore.

Vs. 1-4

The LORD abhors dishonest scales,
but accurate weights are his delight.

2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.

3 The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.

The Lord hates it when people devise things that take advantage of people for selfish gain.  The problem as listed in verse two is pride.  We think we are and deserve more than we should.  Scripture tells us that “no one should think of themselves as more than they ought”.   As we saw in chapter 10, the crooked path eventually catches up to you.  When we think that we deserve more than others and that belief leads us to take advantage of others, we eventually come to disgrace.  This means that we will fall and it will be known.  Our sin finds us out.  But, integrity will guide you.  living like Jesus wants us to guides us into right decisions, God’s provision, and into dealings that meet our needs and bless others in return.

When we deal unfairly with people, it is typically so we can gain in some fashion, but just as verse 4 tells us, what you gain won’t buy you much on the Day of Judgement.  The only things you will take out of this life is your relationship with Jesus and the relationships in Christ you have made.  Don’t live like you are owed things at lower costs and less effort.  Live fairly, deal fairly, and be willing to give what things are really worth.

Vs. 24-26

24 One man gives freely, yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

25 A generous man will prosper;
he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

26 People curse the man who hoards grain,
but blessing crowns him who is willing to sell.

Generosity is so important.  God doesn’t need our stuff.  We need to give it.  It teaches us what is really important.  Whatever it is that we tenaciously hold to is what has a hold on us.  God isn’t unfairly expecting us to have nothing and give it all away.  He’s asking us to love Him enough to trust Him with all we own and seek.  To be willing to share it with those in need and do fair business.  Following these principles will always find us with the proper perspective of what is truly valuable and with our needs met.

One final thought here today:

Vs. 28 “Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.”

All across our land in this time in history are many people looking to their Government to provide for them.  Many people looking to their check books and saying, “if I could just have more I could have what I need.”  Many people feeling insecure because of financial things.  People, we’ve got to live with integrity, work hard, and lose our pride.  We’ve got to look to God for our provision.  Live out Biblical principles and watch God provide and receive the glory!

How about you guys today?  Ever felt like you were being treated unfairly?  Have you ever been unfair?

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One Comment
  1. Helen permalink

    I have definately heard “it’s not fair” a lot! And in a lot of cases it really is not fair. But, until we yield our lives to Jesus, we can’t see that in the midst of our unfairness, Jesus is working all things to our good! What a hope he gives me! And these verses help me to see that I have to live my life striving to be as honest and fair as I can. My rewards are not found in things of this world, so I don’t have to manipulate to get them. I want to be a green leaf, full of the goodness of Christ, absorbing all of the riches that He so freely bestows!

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