Wednesday, 21st December 2022
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-11 Be Humble
How can we live out a lively life? We all know the teaching and we all know what we are supposed to do, but how can we finish well? Everyone wants to finish well, even Jesus Christ, when He was on the cross He said “it is done”. Jesus gave us a really good example of how to finish well. At the beginning of the year, we might be full of excitement, we want to do a lot of things and we have a lot of dreams. But gradually, we will grow tired and weary, in our work, our family, our church, our relationship with people and our relationship with God, we become slack and we are afraid that we cannot finish well. So how can we keep up with this passion for life? How can we continue to have the love, joy and peace from God in our lives? We must become the true sons and the true daughters of our Father in Heaven.
V1-2 ‘When you sit down to eat with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you; and put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to appetite.’ God wants us to know that we must respect and honour those who eat with us, especially when they are our authority. Jesus did a lot of teachings through meals with His disciples and those following Him. Do we know that when we have meals with our authority, we are the ones who benefit the most?
V6-7 ‘Do not eat the bread of a miser, nor desire his delicacies; for as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.’ We must rely on God wholeheartedly, when we have meals with people who do not know God or who act against God, we must keep our hearts above all else. God will protect us and keep us safe, but we must know why we have meals with them, can we bring the light of God into their lives? Or are we going to be influenced by their values and beliefs that do not belong to the Kingdom of God?
V10-11 ‘Do not remove the ancient landmark, nor enter the fields of the fatherless; for their Redeemer is mighty; he will plead their cause against you.’ We don’t need to envy what other people have, because God gives a portion to each one of us, what we have in our hands is best for us. When we do not feel satisfied with what we have and want what others have, then we are not humble and we do not believe what God has given to us is the best for us.
Section Two V12-25 Be Submissive
V13-14 ‘Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. You shall beat him with a rod, and deliver his soul from hell.’ We are all children of our authority, when we are an authority, we become the leaders, and we need to discipline those who follow us. It’s not to physically beat up those following us, but to use the authority from God to teach. Can we believe that when we teach, people will not leave us but to be better. We must ensure our intention to teach is from God, from the loving heart of a father. When we teach, people following us will feel loved and accepted. On the other hand, if we do not teach and if we do not discipline, then if they fall away from God, we will contribute to their death in the Kingdom of God.
V15-16 ‘My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will rejoice—indeed, I myself; yes, my innermost being will rejoice when your lips speak right things.’ Have wisdom, take up the identity as the true sons and daughters, do not let other people’s worldly values influence us and put us down. Every morning, God is speaking to us, we are the dry bones of this world and God is speaking life into our innermost being. Let our lives be revived and let God’s Word strengthen us.
V19-21 ‘Hear, my son, and be wise; and guide your heart in the way. Do not mix with winebibbers, or with gluttonous eaters of meat; for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.’ When we indulge in the worldly desires, we will become the drunkard, the glutton, and the drowsiness; and our cloth is the royal garments God put on for us that will become ragged. Whereas when we are willing to follow God, to follow our appointed authority, when we are willing to give, God will give us more, and wisdom, instruction, and understanding will be with us wherever we go.
Section Three V26-35 Deny Ourselves
V26 ‘My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.’ Give our true heart to our Abba Father, and truly enjoy the path of God. When we walk on the path God has given to us, what is our attitude? Do we really humble ourselves, submit ourselves, and deny ourselves? When we deny ourselves and stop focusing our desires, then we can better see the blessings God has given us in the path of God. We must reject the lies spoken to our lives, do not let these lies become cancer in us. God’s path for us is good, everything He says is yes and amen. The world will try to stop us from following the path of God, it may not be an easy way, but it will definitely be a way of peace, love, and blessings.
箴言 23 – 真儿女的生命
一年快要过去了，我们的生命究竟如何？圣经教导我们要保守我们的心，然而很多时候我们会感觉“有心无力”。神借着今天的经文教导我们心如何有生命力。无论是不是基督徒，我们都要finish well. 我们是否一开始的时候充满热情，但一段时间后，火热褪去，就想放弃？神的话语帮助我们看见如何能finish well, 知道这位良善的天父对我们所怀的意念是赐平安的意念。我们是他的真儿女，如何活出真儿女的生命？
V17-18 有时我们看到别人能过舒适的生活就会抱怨自己为何要过谦卑顺服的“苦日子”，然而神告诉我们不要去嫉妒那些恶人，“只要终日敬畏耶和华”, “因为至终必有善报”。