Wednesday, 3rd February 2021
This proverb is written by Agur the son Jakeh, which means ‘blameless’. And the name of Agur means ‘gather’. Proverb 30 records the words of wisdom gathered by Agur for the king, so let us read this chapter as “an heir to the throne”.
Section One: V1-9 Limitation of Human
V1, Ithiel means ‘God with me’ and Ucal means ‘devour’. In Proverb 30, Aguar talks to two kinds of people, those humble and know God, and those who can never be satisfied. Are we willing to come close to Jesus every morning with a joyful heart? At the end of the day would we take time to sit down, pray and seek God? Without a hunger and thirsty heart, we won’t be able to come to morning devotion, it’s really by the grace of God we can wake up early everyday to receive His love.
In V2-3, Ithel shows his humility, knowing without God he cannot do anything. But when we humble ourselves and fully rely on God, V5 tells us that the Word of God is like a shield, which stops the fiery arrows from the evil ones to come to us. We just finished reading the Book of Judges, and the Israelites were doing whatever pleased them, they did not rely on God but relying on their own strength, at the end they lived in confusion and a big mess. Without the Word of God, we would only listen to ourselves and justify ourselves.
Humans are limited, we really need to read the Word of God with the alertness, so we can use this shield to protect us from the fiery arrows. Without alertness, the evil one will accuse us, lie to us, and stop us hearing from God. Jesus came to let us return, humble ourselves and repent our sins. From Malachi to Jesus there were 400 years God did not speak to men, because men were being wilful and proud. They thought God was with them, but it was the fantasy, which men created for themselves.
Be humble and don’t always think we are right. When God gives us teaching through our authority, be humble to accept it, don’t rely on ourselves but hold onto God tightly. Everything we have is from God, so we need to treasure this. We can live until today is the blessing from God, we can come to morning prayer is also the blessing from God.
Section Two: V10-17 Ignorance of Human
Don’t judge others. Why do we judge other people’s servants? Because we do not focus on what God has given us to do. When we see others not doing good enough, instead of helping them, we judge them. This is living in confusion and in ignorance. These kinds of people think everything they do is right, their point of view is right, even when their authority tries to correct them, they won’t listen. Furthermore, not only they don’t listen to their authority, but they also judge others. Do not think we know a lot; we are all ignorant people; we speak or do things that hurt others and hurt ourselves without even noticing it.
V17 talks about those people, who don’t listen to their parents, thinking they are old-fashioned. These people are ignorant and opinionated. They think they know a lot, but they know nothing. V18-20 gives some examples that a lot of things on this world we cannot see but they really exist. The way the eagle in the air and the way a serpent on a rock; they are all the ways we do not see but really exist. Do not believe in everything we see, only by the Word of God we can stand firm.
Turn back from all the evil things, we tend to think that God will help us to resolve everything, we have lost our alertness, we become ignorant and willful in everything we do. V24-28 tells us that there are problems we need to face; we are limited and narrow-minded to see the Great God. He created the world and all the living things within it. Before the Lord and before the land, we need to humble ourselves and turn back!
Section Three: V32-33 Do Not Be Proud
Admit that we are proud, stop sinning in our words! If we do not turn back from our evil ways, then the punishment will come. If we continue to justify our ways, try to outsmart God, then God’s judgement will surely come. Let our authority speak into our hearts, let everyday we live on earth as in Heaven!
Dear Lord, thank You for giving us a heart of repentance. We are sinners, who are limited, wilful and proud. We did not treasure what we already have, instead we took the things not belonged to us and tried to justify our evil ways. Thank You Lord for Your Word; You put Your light in us so we can humble ourselves and look upon You. Your Word is the shield for our lives to stop the fiery arrows from the evil ones. May Your Word be the foundation of our lives, we will turn back from our sins and walk alongside You in the Path of Truth. Amen.