Many of us individually and all of us as a society are wealthy in comparison to the rest of the world. We, for the most part, have everything we need and many of the things we want. It is important that we do not begin to rely on these things as our hope our or salvation. Today’s Proverb warns us against this and shows us a better alternative.
- 1 – Listening and knowing what God calls us to do is good, but the doing is where faithfulness really comes in.
- 9 – The people of ancient Israel passed down information by telling stories. God’s faithfulness was remembered through an oral tradition.
- 25-29 – God knows that we will stray at times and he promises that when we discover the error of our ways and turn back and seek him that he will be there ready for us.
- 32-40 – Moses reminds the Israelites that there are no other gods like our God and that he has proven himself and his faithfulness to them in a variety of ways.
- 39-40 – We cannot lead others in things that we don’t know. We have to have faith in order to lead others to faith.
- 41-42 – It is far easier for us to recognize and address other people’s flaws than to admit and deal with our own.
- 45 – We cannot expect to do good work for the Lord when our norm is to fill our hearts with filth.
- 46-49 – Hearing God’s word and putting it into action prepares us for the difficult times.
- 1-10 – A couple of significant things about this passage: 1) The centurion is a Roman official and yet has faith that even amazes Jesus. 2) This is one of the few stories where Jewish religious authorities are painted in a positive light.
- 7-10 – So much of the Bible refers back to itself. This passage refers back to God’s provision for the Israelites in the desert. We too should seek comfort and build our faith on the goodness of God to people throughout history.
- Because we have so much, it is so easy for us to rely on our own wealth and abilities to take care of ourselves. This Proverb warns that this strategy will ultimately fail.