Proverbs 4 – Live in the Darkness
Monday, 27th February 2023
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-9 Don’t Abandon & Don’t Forget
When we see problems, the first thing we would do is to run away. It’s so easy to run away from our problems, but it’s difficult to face it. Jesus wants to make a new covenant with us, His power and authority can cover all our sins and help us overcome all difficulties. We can especially overcome our old self, because when we believe in Jesus, the old has gone and the new is here. Our old self is dead so don’t let what was in the past affect us to look into the future.
If we want to survive in the darkness, you must not abandon or forget. We often choose to escape when problems come, but we forget that the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross has made our “old self” die, and we are now new creations. Do not listen to Satan’s lies, but humbly seek God’s truth. V1-3 “Teaching” sounds uncomfortable, but King Solomon taught his children to pay attention. He had seen his brothers do things that humiliated his father, but he himself chose to honour his father. He also chose to allow his own mother to be comforted after the loss of her first son.
V4-6 Solomon saw the weakness of his father and his brothers and sisters from birth, but he chose to memorize and abide by the words of wisdom spoken by his father. It is so easy to blame others, judge our authority, and even judge God, so that we can plunge ourselves into total darkness without God. However, God has chosen us so that we can arise and shine, bear the fragrance of Jesus Christ, and survive the darkness.
Section Two V10-19 To Take Hold & To Keep
If we don’t rely on God, it’s easy to release the beast-like emotions inside, so that when we encounter things that we can’t go through with our own strength, we will collapse. V10 It turns out that “listening” is very important. King Hezekiah’s father was an absent father, and there was no father’s cover in their house, so all Hezekiah heard was gossip about his father, but when he searched humbly, it was in King Solomon’s proverbs, which he found the words spoken by the real Father.
V13 We should not avoid the teachings we have heard, and we should not feel tired of the teachings of authority because we think we have already heard them. The Book of Proverbs reminds us to hold fast to the teaching, and do not let it go, which is the teaching of the tree of life – when we are willing to do this, we will receive life. V14 The seemingly easy paths we see before us are actually “the paths of the wicked”, chosen by this world, but we must choose to walk God’s path.
V15-17 This is the life of people in the world, they live in sin without God. Are we, like the world, dreaming of life and death, looking for happiness in this world, and expanding our desires infinitely? Our faith is not the faith of suffering, but our choice is to follow Jesus. How do we overcome these enjoyment mindsets? Only hold fast to the Word of God.
V18 The path of the righteous is the path that allows the light of God to shine without hindrance. Sin separates us from God, so what we have to choose is to live a holy life and let God’s light shine into our lives. V19 Without the presence of the Holy Spirit, we do not know why we stumble, allowing ourselves to be filled with worry and panic.
Section Three V20-27 To Guard the Heart & To Focus
V22 When we receive wise words, we will receive life and heal our illnesses. We are not willing to be humble and obedient, and we are not on the path of pleasing God, so we are prone to many physical problems. V23 When we do anything, we must ensure that our hearts are right, and we must not allow our hearts to be negative. When we are listening to the teaching, pay attention and if any sound disturbs our mind, we command it to be silent in the Name of Jesus.
V24-27 We must not only guard our hearts, but also focus. When we pray in the morning, do we do our own thing while listening to the teaching? What Hezekiah longed for was the Word of God. What does our heart long for? In this dark world, if we want to arise and shine, we must not forsake the word of God, but hold on and focus.
箴言 4 – 黑暗得存活
一、v.1-9 不离弃 不忘掉
二、v.10-19 要持定 要谨守
V13 我们不要逃避所听到的教训，不要觉得已经听过了就厌烦权柄的教导。箴言提醒我们要“持定训诲，不可放松；必当谨守”，这就是生命树的教导 – 当我们愿意这样的时候，就得到真正的生命。
V18 义人的路 就是能 让神的光能毫无阻拦的照耀在里面的路。罪使我们与神隔绝，所以我们要选择的是过着圣洁的生活，让神的光照进我们生命中。
三、v.20-27 要保守你的心 要专注