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The Proverbial Journey 13

March 13, 2010

Proverbs Chapter 13

Perspective.  How do you see things?  If you are like me and the rest of humanity, we struggle with seeing things from any other perspective but our own.  However, learning to see things from God’s perspective first and other people’s second is an essential part of growth and life.  Chapter 13 contains some admonitions that have become familiar so far in our journey through the book such as, Listening, Controlling our mouths, and Working hard.  Today I want us to take a look at the importance of the proper perspective.

Vs. 4,5

4 The sluggard craves and gets nothing,
but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

5 The righteous hate what is false,
but the wicked bring shame and disgrace.

When we become followers of Christ, the Bible tells us that we are New Creations, that we have a new nature.  That new nature is at war with our flesh and it’s desires.  We must choose to live according to the new nature that God has given us and live it out through the power of the Holy Spirit.  When we desire according to our flesh or old nature then we see things wrongly.  We become unsatisfied because we are serving ourselves or we cause shame on ourselves and others because we acted wrongly when we didn’t see what God saw in a circumstance.

Vs. 7 One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.”

Choosing to see things from God’s perspective allows us to see and understand true value.  The world’s perspective is that the smart, strong, and wealthy are esteemed and looked to for the answers.  God’s perspective is, “He chooses the weak things of the world to confound the wise”.  It’s not that we cant’ have position or wealth, it’s that we keep our positions and wealth subject to the Lordship of Christ and the service of others.

There is a ton more in this Chapter that can be discussed, but I really wanted to focus on learning to see through the eyes of our new nature.  This has vast impact on our lives in Christ and the lives of those around us.  It will change how and when we speak, the things we value and what we seek to achieve, and how and what we work for.

How are ya’ll today?  What are some other things in this chapter that impacted you?

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