Thursday, 22nd December 2022
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-12 By Wisdom Comes Strength
V1-2 ‘Do not be envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them; for their heart devises violence, and their lips talk of troublemaking.’ Do not be like those who do not believe God, they indulge in this world, trying to lure others into the world so we will also reject God. We must set our lives apart as holy, when we notice something in our lives that keep us away from God, then we must bring it forward and let God deal with it immediately.
V3-4 ‘Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.’ Everything God wants to give to us is full of grace, and we don’t have to get it with any schemes of the world. God prepared everything before Solomon was building His temple. When we humble ourselves and honour God, then He will give us all the wisdom and knowledge we need. He will also bring resources and people to us, and work everything for the good of those who love Him.
V5-6 ‘A wise man is strong, yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; for by wise counsel, you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counsellors there is safety.’ When we face challenges, it’s so easy for us to seek answers from people around us, or search online for other people’s experiences, knowledge, advises… but only the wisdom and knowledge from God can best deal with our problems in life. Do we choose the counsellors of the world, or do we choose the wisdom from God? When we have wisdom, then we will have strength. Often, we say we want to be ready before we come to God, but we have to come to God first, to receive His wisdom, then we can receive strength, health, favours, prosperity… from Him.
V7 ‘Wisdom is too lofty for a fool; he does not open his mouth in the gate.’ When we choose to receive the true wisdom from God, then nothing will be too difficult for us. V10 ‘If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.’ But on the other hand, if we choose to give up and faint before our problem, then we can never receive the strength from God. Do not go back to our old self, do not return back to our own cave, otherwise we will continue to walk in a circle or reach a dead end, and never come out from our problems.
V11-12 ‘Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?’ And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?’ We choose to follow God and we choose God’s Way, not because we are ready, we are healthy, we are wealthy, we are happy… but because we believe by wisdom from God, it comes strength.
Section Two V13-22 By Wisdom Comes Hope
Psalm 19:9-10 says, ‘The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.’ The fear and the judgements of the Lord is the Word of God. When we fear in the Lord, and receive His Word, then we will no longer be in fear and we can have hope.
V15-16 ‘Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; do not plunder his resting place; for a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity.’ Become followers of God does not mean we will not fall, but it means that when we fall, we can again and again rise up. The Light of God is here, we cannot allow ourselves to have more excuses not to get up, because we have the strength from God and the hope from God.
V17-18 ‘Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him.’ Jacob wrestle with God, he does not wrestle to fight against God, but to ask for blessings. When David complained to God about his enemies, he also worshipped God. What are we doing when we are wrestling with God? When our hearts are full of anger, we also must praise God, do not hear the lies of Satan. When we praise then the strength will come to our lives.
V21-22 ‘My son, fear the Lord and the king; do not associate with those given to change; for their calamity will rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin those two can bring?’ When there is calamity happen in our lives, we also need to examine into our lives. What is our attitude towards God and towards our authority? When we hide from God, then our face will lose the light of God and people can also see the calamity in our lives.
Section Three V23-34 By Wisdom Comes Discernment
We become the true sons and daughters of God, then we can receive the wisdom from God, then God will give us all the strength, hope and discernment we need in life.
箴言 24 – 生命在于智慧
一、v.1-12 有智慧 有能力
二、v.13-22 有智慧 有计谋
三、v.23-34 有智慧 有分辨