Without Exception

“Because David did what was right in the sight of the LORD, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.” (1 Kings 15:5)

God describes David as a man after His own heart and that is a title that David bore through his youth and into his old age… except in one era.  David’s sin with Bathsheba and Uriah stands as a reminder to us both of God’s forgiveness and that all of us, no matter how faithful, are susceptible to the siren’s call of sin.

David’s murder of Uriah would stand as a blight upon an otherwise impeccable record.  David was never a perfect man, but except for that season, he lived as one that was pleasing in God’s eyes.  David’s life stands as both a comfort and a warning.  The comfort is that it is possible to be right with God and to live in a way that He is pleased with.  The warning is that such a state does not make you immune to the tempter.  Satan set David in his crosshairs all the more because of his relationship with Jehovah.

May we all live so that we are viewed by God as a beacon of light and may we also remember how Satan feels about those that bring God joy.

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The Benefit of Age

“But he [Rehoboam] forsook the counsel of the elders which they had given him, and consulted with the young men who grew up with him and served him.” (1 Kings 12:8)

It is called ‘peer pressure’ for a reason.  When King Rehoboam listened to his peers, it wasn’t just because the external pressure of his friends got to him – it was the internal pressure he had to take their advice because it was already the course of action most appealing to him.

Those at the same stage of life as us are likely to tell us what we want to hear because their solutions are the solutions that we are already hoping for.  Their perspective is our perspective.

Wisdom isn’t found in surrounding yourself with more of the same – look for those who have already been successful and genuinely listen to how they got their.  In short, find someone older.  They’ve already survived the stupid you are trying to avoid and lived to tell about it.  Age has not made you equals in this respect; leverage their experience.

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Urges vs. Actions

“Give her the product of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.” (Proverbs 31:31)

One of the basic tenets of Christianity is that you are defined by your choices not your urges.  Wanting to be productive is not the same as being productive and desiring to do the right thing isn’t the same as actually doing it.

Sin is a choice and faith is a choice.  That is why Jesus rightly said, “Therefore, by their fruits you shall know them.” (Matt 7:20).  Somedays you are going to want to be lazy, but that doesn’t define you – you can still choose to get out of bed and do something.  Some days you are going to be tempted, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow through on those urges.

There is a joy in knowing that the struggle isn’t a bad thing – it is a sign of someone choosing behavior that will praise them in the gates even when it didn’t come easily.

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The Kindness of Wisdom

“She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” (Proverbs 31:26)

All deliverance of wisdom should flow through a heart of kindness.  Biblical wisdom softens our hearts and makes us kinder, gentler people.  When we view the world as it is – a damaged realm where souls are tragically affected by sin’s curse – our outlook changes.

The Bible gives us the wisdom to see this world as temporary, and to set our minds on the things above.  An eternity-based worldview that understands the value of their fellow humans, can’t help but teach as kindly as possible of the hope that can be found in Jesus.  God’s wisdom rejects the lies, stands firm on the truth, and presses forward in courageous love to help the lost.

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When Your Heart Can Trust

“An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.  The heart of her husband trusts in her…” (Proverbs 31:10-11)

The bedrock of a successful marriage is trust.  A couple that trusts each other and trusts God is bound to find victory in their union.  Real, authentic trust that is verified and consistent allows two people to function as one.  When both individuals have full confidence in the goodwill intent and effort of the other, they are able to build dreams together without fear of sabotage.  Trust removes anxiety and fear and replaces it with security and hope.

For the single – find a mate your heart can trust.  For the married – become the person your spouse’s heart can trust.

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Listen to Your Mama

“The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him…” (Proverbs 31:1)

Listen to your mother.  As a general rule, the woman that raises you doesn’t want you to look like a fool or live like one.

Even kings listen to their mamas.

“My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.” (Proverbs 6:20)

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Silent Medicine

“If you have been foolish in exalting yourself or if you have plotted evil, put your hand on your mouth.” (Proverbs 30:32)

The first thing to do when you dig yourself into a hole is to stop digging.

Silence is a powerful antidote for stupid.

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I Don’t Decide What’s Clean

“There is a kind who is pure in his own eyes, yet is not washed from filthiness.” (Proverbs 30:12)

The problem with subjective standards for morality is that when the person who has to live up to the standard can also set the standard, even the filthiest behavior becomes acceptable.  Without impartial refs, the game is rigged for cheating.

The Bible is an objective standard – the Scriptures hold us all accountable to do better even when we don’t feel like we need to improve.

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A Tested Shield

“Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.  Do not add to His words or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.” (Proverbs 30:5-6)

When the perfect armorer makes you some gear, don’t try and improve it.  The Scripture is tested, tried, and trustworthy.  Even David knew not to wear untested armor.

When we start adding to it, it isn’t His Word or His church anymore – it’s just a bunch of spiritual mumbo-jumbo that makes us feel good about ourselves while still allowing us to live as we please… but it can’t save our souls.

Let’s just go back to the Bible and be simple, New Testament Christians.  If we convert like they did, teach what they taught, and live like they did – we’ll be fine.

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Not All Love is Equal

“Solomon held fast to these in live… and his wives turned his heart away.” (1 Kings 11:2-3)

When Solomon loved his idolatrous wives, the Bible agrees that it was love.  It isn’t that it was fake love or that it was just lust – the Bible says he held fast to them in love.

The love was real – it was just wrong.  So, next time someone says it is wrong to oppose homosexual love or adulterous love or polygamous love or pedophilic love… just remember, Solomon’s love was real, too.

Not all love is equal.

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