In racing there are many examples of how just a small little pinhole can ruin a day. Think of it. A small leak of a tire or a hose can be the cause of a major wreck. What might happen is the small hole starts in a tire and the tire slowly loses air. Then one of two things happen, either the small pinhole rips and you have a blow out or the tire loses enough air that the car stops handling and you go backwards only to find out the pressure is not good enough to race on. Both are bad and the results for the day are not very good. It can be the same with our lives and sin. There can be just a small sin but over time there are either blowups or a slow building up of sin into a stronghold. The slow build up can be worse because you don’t notice the damage and the effect on your life. So as you think about this pray and ask God to show you the sin you need to deal with right now and get serious against the sin.
Proverbs 29:23 One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. God’s Word echoes on this verse in Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite. And much like we heard in Proverbs 16:19 It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud. Pride is so dangerous and we see it so much. Have you checked your pride lately? Take some time right now and see what God shows you in the area of pride.
Proverbs 29:24 The partner of a thief hates his own life; he hears the curse, but discloses nothing. Another warning to watch who we are around and what they are doing. Again, don’t try to hide. God knows, and we know too, and it will eventually bother us.
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. Often in Proverbs we have spoken about fearing God. Here we are warned not to fear man. It will be a snare. Sin is always a snare. If we want safety we must trust in the LORD. SO is that where you are placing your trust and are you leaning into Him?
Proverbs 29:26 Many seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the Lord that a man gets justice. We have talked about this before but it is wild to look at race fans and how they want to get close to drivers. Many don’t know or ignore the work that the others on the team have put in to get that guy to go fast. IT is the same thing in many areas where the famous one gets the draw. But God is the only one deserving of our attention. If we want justice, that too only comes from the LORD. Being just is part of God’s attributes and like others it is perfect and good and without error. He never determines or judges wrongly.
Proverbs 29:27 An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked. Three times in Proverbs it speaks of unjust gain but this time it is a man who is unjust that it speaks of. This is the 19th and 20th times the word “abomination” is used on Proverbs. Who do you want to offend? The righteous or the wicked? Seems like an easy question but I think we can say it with words, but it is hard to live it out correctly.
Proverbs 30:1-3 The man declares, I am weary, O God; I am weary, O God, and worn out. Surely I am too stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man. I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the Holy One. I feel that way at times. So tired, so lacking of knowledge. It shows me the great need I have for Jesus, for God to extend mercy and grace to me. I need to be in a humble state of repentance. Dear Heavenly Father I cry out to you and ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen me and teach me your truth and build wisdom into my life. I know I don’t deserve it but I ask.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,