Do you want to be the winner of tonight’s race? Why? Why do we want to win so badly? What is it that would drive a person to focus so much of our life on getting to the finish line first? Why would someone spend hours in a shop working on a car? Because of the golden trophy? Because it is fun. Because it gets us excited. It is the thrill of victory. It is the thrill of competing, being on the edge. It is the sound and smells of racing. There is much to this sport to enjoy both for the young and the older ones. But our focus on racing can over shadow the LORD too easily and we have to have a correct balance in life. Proverbs helps us with that balance as it challenges us with statements that lead to accountability. Let’s continue.
Proverbs 16:7 When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
How intentional are you in pleasing the LORD? I know the questions I ask are not easy ones, at least they are not easy for me, but they are important to ask and answer. Do you purpose to please, to obey God?
Proverbs 16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.
What is more important to you? Your money or your morality? Your riches or your righteousness? What does your credit card statement say? What does you bank statement say?
Proverbs 16:9, 10 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. An oracle is on the lips of a king; his mouth does not sin in judgment.
Here we are again, the heart vs. what the LORD has. Can you see the clear picture, the case, God is building that we need to watch our heart closely and instead focus on the LORD so we are guided by the Spirit of God.
Proverbs 16:11 A just balance and scales are the Lord’s; all the weights in the bag are his work.
We are back to honesty. Are you honest in what you say and what you do? Are you honest in your home, at work, in school, in church, in play, on the track, in the tech shed, in your deals?
Proverbs 16:12-15 It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness. Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right. A king’s wrath is a messenger of death, and a wise man will appease it. In the light of a king’s face there is life, and his favor is like the clouds that bring the spring rain.
How many world and national leaders, even state and local leaders could you give this verse to and them not really see them care or react? Going back to the passion week, think about the leaders’ reaction there. Anger, spite, revenge with a few having a hint of fear. But you are a leader too, in your marriage, in your family. Are you leading well?
Proverbs 16:16 How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
When I think gold and silver I may think something different than you do. I think Olympics and in specific I think wrestling. I have the pleasure of knowing several men that have gone to the Olympics and won medals. I have seen the medals. Ben Peterson passes them around at the youth camps saying that they are the USA wins. His stories are great. But he will point to Jesus as much more valuable than the medals. As we have often spoken of in Proverbs only the LORD gives us wisdom and understanding. What would you rather have, the gold and silver or the wisdom and understanding? Be honest as you answer.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,