APPLES OF GOLD IN BASKETS OF SILVER: Wisdom for Today’s People (Day 21)


Hasty shortcut leads to poverty. One lesson I  learned in this chapter, chapter 21. A man cannot have a child immediately by getting 9 women pregnant. He would have to wait for about 9 months to have a child. This is life! There are things you would have to wait for and that’s what verse 5 teaches us. Success is not an overnight reward. In actual fact, it is the cumulative effect of  days/months/years of hardwork. Read on to dig in

Proverbs 21

Verse 1: The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord;he guides it wherever he pleases.
Musing: Our lord Jesus is the king of kings — the one who reigns and presides over other kings & in all kingdoms of the earth and the influence of His government is in a globally increasing fashion (Isa. 9:7). He alone in His sovereignty & without recourse to any cabinet put kings on the throne & also decides to drop Kings as He wills (Dan. 2:21). See, no matter how much earthly influence & power that earthly kings may wield, we must remember that they are still men — vulnerable men whose breath can be taken of their nostrils at any time (Isa. 2:22). There is no comparing them in any way to the God of heaven — He is the Lord & creator of all flesh — including kings & they must do His bidding at any time & in whatever direction He wants. God will channel the thoughts of Kings like water currents in the direction of your good.

 

2 People may be right in their own eyes but the Lord examines their heart.

Musing: God is not a man (Num. 23:19) & He doesn’t see as men do — they may look @ external actions & performances but God looks chiefly at the heart (1 Sam. 16:7). Again, it is important to restate that the point at which we feel satisfied with the kind of life we are living is exactly the time to ask questions of God to see if He feels so to. You may feel so right & yet be so wrong because you are measuring largely with an earthly yardstick which is not necessarily God’s — He sees differently & we have to begin to also see as He does. Men including yourself may applaud your actions but God looks at the hidden motives of our heart — the ‘why’ behind whatsoever we are doing. Often times & even in the faith, a lot of seemingly noble actions are done with carnal motives and once this is so, we fall into the risk of missing out on what God will have us get back in return. No wonder Jesus was instructing the early believers in Matt 6 on how to Pray, Fast & Give alms in a manner that gets the heavenly rewards every of such inputs deserve. Like David, we must continually pray for the renewal of a right Spirit within us (Isa. 51:10), just like Caleb had that distinguished him from other of the children of Israel. We must be guided — God does not look at what we are doing but the reasons we are doing them. Very important!

3 The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just   than when we offer him sacrifices.

Musing:  

Vs 3: Obedience is always better than sacrifice & to hearken than fatness of lamb (1 Sam. 15:22). Same way, Justice & righteousness is more acceptable than sacrifice and once God accepts, the reward is sure. Often times, sacrifices may be accepted from new babes in Christ as part of God’s goodwill but not from matured saints — for the later, you cannot get ‘this’ without doing ‘that’, no matter how much you cry — you just must be responsible. Someone once said that God does not delight to do miracles & does them to endear young converts to himself. God is also delighted in fair balances & honest scales – He is a God of judgement & that is more acceptable to God than any sacrifice that we may give.  

 

By more acceptable we mean: for example,  

* In the expression of the need to have your needs met, God will rather that you get a job, work and get financial increase in return than your trusting for a financial miracle no matter the level of the seed you sow. 

* If God also tells you His plans for your life — maybe say, He desires that you be a Preacher & you then decide that you will be a great business man and be sacrificing 90% of your wealth back to God while you reserve 10%, He may still accept it & as a matter of fact, it is still okay (goodwill) but it is more acceptable if one works in His detailed plan (perfect will). Roms. 12:2.

4 Haughty eyes, a proud heart,  and evil actions are all sin.

Musing:  man has a way of distinguishing between low & high sin — in our smallness of mind, we rate one sin as small and another as big. In fact, said another way, there is popular evil that religion understands and there is unpopular evil that the God in heaven sees & the gods of the earth acknowledges & continually guard against. From this scripture, we see that sin is sin — both the eyes that are lifted up against God, proud hearts & the wickedness of the wicked. Think about the most vilest wicked action — from murder, to raping a minor, to theft; there is no difference between these and a man with a proud heart. I often hear a lot of people speak against the separation that a divorce affords, even when the life of one of the parties is seriously endangered and they make it look like it is an unpardonable sin, but what is true is that, the same reaction God gives to divorce is the same reaction He gives to lies — He hates them both (Mal. 2:16; Prov. 6:17). In fact, to take it further, those who know the truth of God’s Word know that in the line-up of sinners in hell fire, liars will take the first positions (Rev. 21:8). Of all these mentioned, none is a lesser evil.

 

 

5 Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity,   but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

Musing: 

The most lay way I understand the meaning of the Word diligence is consistent hardwork. For these ones, they think increase & multiplication in time. They don’t seek quick short cut increase as much as they seek a consistent, small + small + small kind of increase and it is actually these lot that experiences real growth. That’s the very way God designed even nature — no human being wakes up one morning to discover that just in a few hours he has become 6 foot tall. No. This comes only in time…no haste. The bible describes it graphically in Mark 4:28, as the ear grows, the blade and full grain but no one knows how. But for those who seek increase with haste — the ‘fast food generation’ all they want is Now…Now! To them, they think that, just as a wise man says, that they may get 9 women pregnant to produce a child in one month. That equation never works and the earlier we understood this, the better for us all. For those who are hasty and have refused to comply with the law of seed time & harvest time, they will always be in want. As they try to by-pass the natural time of life, they will unfortunately miscarry the harvest. Get rich quick schemes are never sustainable — the riches may depart as fast as it comes.

6 Wealth created by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap.[a]

Musing:  

Part of vanity is getting treasures by lies & deceit. No matter how much wealth this brings, it’s all vanity. Those who do this vacillate and dance to & fro on the brink of death – they are playing with fire & the result is that they will be burned. .

7 The violence of the wicked sweeps them away, because they refuse to do what is just.

Musing: Righteousness preserves the life of the righteous while the wickedness of the wicked will also have an effect on them. For those who refuse to do what is right in any situation & circumstance, they will have to pay for their wrongs in their life time — sadly, sometimes at the cost of their lives. The truth cannot be buried — it will always fight for itself.

8 The guilty walk a crooked path;the innocent travel a straight road.

Musing: Man in his characteristic nature is naturally selfish & there is no good to him. By nature, he is evil, fraudulent, perverse & strange but the pure has a different Spirit in him that works out righteousness through him. He is helped by the pure Spirit of God to live in pure & upright life. 

9 It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.

Musing: Someone jocularly said that the words ‘complete’ & ‘finish’ though similar in meaning but are different in the context of marriage — if you marry a good wife, you are complete but if you marry a bad wife, you are finished. Today’s people need to know that there are a lot of other things that are more important than money, for example, Salvation of your soul (Mark 8:37), a good name (Prov. 22:1) & a good wife (Prov. 31:10). Money can get a man good house but it takes a good wife to make a home. They are two different things. With a quarrelsome wife, the contentions are unending & there is no shortage of strife which precedes every evil work (James 3:16). Every man in this situation must avoid confrontations at all cost and even if it means temporal separation in the search for peace, so be it. 

To say another way, it is better to have a peaceful home in a small house than to have a quarrelsome home in a big house.

10 Evil people desire evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them.

Musing: It is risky to share a close friendship with the wicked & the bible calls it unequal yoking — interactions of light & darkness (2 Cor. 6:14). In fair weather, they may seem harmless but when the day of adversity comes and there is serious test of character, they will show no restraint in unleashing evil on you. Steer clear. 

11 If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded become wise;  if you instruct the wise, they will be all the wiser.

Musing: People have often said that experience is the best teacher & what is not clearly elucidated is that this experience does not necessarily mean a personal one. In today’s world, we don’t need to go through an experience personally to be wiser but we can learn from the life of others and draw from their experiences. That’s why people write books, autobiographies, et cetera. A punishment meted out on a neighbour should be enough to make us wise. We must draw instructions from not just what come to us but the experiences of others. It works. 

12 The Righteous One[b] knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked; he will bring disaster on them.

Musing: The wise righteous man considers & intentionally observes the wicked, including the realities of his household & learn from them. He sees how God overthrows the wicked for their wickedness & takes a cue from their life. 

13 Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor    will be ignored in their own time of need.

Musing: No man can play a fast one on God & as it is said in the west — you cannot eat your cake & still have it at the same time. Scriptural principles are no respecter of persons — if we play by them we will be rewarded accordingly. For example, if we refuse to forgive people for their transgressions, God will not also forgive us and if we don’t sow seeds of mercy into the lives of people, it makes no sense expecting same from God. And some might think they have no material need so they are somewhat free but every man surely has needs that his natural efforts cannot carry out will often require a higher power — for them, when they place a distress call to heaven, they may never get a response. In life, you reap what you Sow – if you open your ears to the poor when they cry, when you do cry also, your needs will be met from on high.

14 A secret gift calms anger;   a bribe under the table pacifies fury.

Musing: There is a thing line between gifts & bribes and for wise people, it will be important to always ask that people define the gifts they bring to you. Often times, most people give out gifts with ulterior motives as to what they will get in return. When a gift is giving with pure motives, it has the capacity to do greatly in the heart of the receiver — it can go ahead of us to negotiate for peace & helps us create a room in the heart of the people we seek to find favour from (Prov. 18:16)

15 Justice is a joy to the godly,   but it terrifies evildoers.

Musing: Justice has different meaning to different people — joy to the righteous & terror/great fear to those who do evil. Righteous people with clean hands cannot be scared of justice because they have nothing to hide but for evil people, they are so scared of light as they know it will expose their evil works.

16 The person who strays from common sense    will end up in the company of the dead.

Musing: No one can ignore the safety rules of life and have his life with him for long. No. If you ignore your caution, you put your life in great peril and maybe also lose it if you are not careful. When wisdom calls, it is for the protection & preservation of our lives – if we feign ignorance at his call, we lead the path of destruction & death comes calling. It is as natural as the man who chooses to walk in the path of darkness — He is sure to stumble & fall (Jn. 11:10).

17 Those who love pleasure become poor;those who love wine and luxury will never be rich.

Musing: God’s design for man is to work before pleasure that is why no herbs for food was allowed to grow before man came on the scene in readiness to work the earth (Gen. 2:5). It is not normal for a man to seek pleasure without putting higher level of commitment to work — by all means, he will need to eat like the Ox that threshes out the corn (1 Tim. 5:8) but he must face his work first. For a man that seeks & love pleasure as to think about it & indulge in it at the slightest opportunity, he will end up poor. For the one who despite his small status seeks to declare a feast banquet of expensive wine & oil — spending resources as soon as he gets, he will never be rich. 

18 The wicked are punished in place of the godly,    and traitors in place of the honest.

Musing: God has no concern taking out the wicked to give us the peace we deserve (2 Thess. 3:16). He said concerning Pharaoh that ‘if you don’t let my son go, I will kill your son’ (Exo. 4:23). Like he did in the case of Mordecai, the head of Haman had to replace him in the gallows. The reputation of our God is the one that kills & makes alive and if he needs to do this for our sakes, he will not hesitate. 

19 It’s better to live alone in the desert    than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife.

Musing: A quarrelsome and short-fused spouse is not one to be desired and this must inform the choices of young people as they seek this kind of experience. That’s marriage to a wrong person can unleash hell on the earth for any man — it is not worth the gamble. Wisdom says, it is better to be single looking forward to marriage than the married and seeking the next way out.

20 The wise have wealth and luxury,but fools spend whatever they get.

Musing: A wise man manages a system of savings from the produce of his hands while the foolish does not save anything but consumes every increase on anything he likes. He is an Impulse Driven spender.

21 Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.

Musing: The truly repentant believer who follows after righteousness & mercy will inherit Life, Righteousness & honour. 

22 The wise conquer the city of the strong    and level the fortress in which they trust.

Musing: Wisdom is not in physical strength but in mental weaponry — that’s the greatest tool. And for this one, they do not go against the enemy in the energy of the flesh because we cannot win them on such platform as our Kingdom mighty weapon are not physical but Spiritual (2 Cor. 10:4). It was how David killed Goliath by the stone shot Word of God and Joshua and the children of Israel by the wisdom of God that God led them to ‘praisefully’ bring down the walls of Jericho as broad as it was. They could have got the city down by sensual wisdom…not possible. 

23 Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut,    and you will stay out of trouble.

Musing: Even a fool is seen to be wise when he keeps his mouth shut. Your words say a lot about you. Your words can lead you into trouble or save you. So watch your tongue.

24 Mockers are proud and haughty;    they act with boundless arrogance.

Musing: For the proud and haughty fellow, they so reject instructions and carry on their lives with passionate error. They do wrong with so much passion like it is a business for them, exactly as Jesus assumed his father’s business. 

25 &26:Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work.Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!

Musing: Desire in the heart must be transferred to the labour of the hands, otherwise the result is frustration. For the lazy, he wants everything and he is not ready to do anything — He may die in lack & want.

 

Industry must be added to righteousness for one’s needs to be met. It must be stated clearly that Salvation maybe an escape from toiling but not from working. The first model man, Adam worked (Gen; 2:15), Jesus also worked as His father (Jn. 5:17). If we will have all things as God has promised as relates life & godliness, we must work (2 Pet. 1:3). 

27 The sacrifice of an evil person is detestable, especially when it is offered with wrong motives.

Musing: For an unsaved person who ‘wickedly’ denies the person of Jesus, no matter what He gives or does, it is considered an abomination before God. Worse case is when he gives with an evil intention, he may perish with his goods…just like Simon who sought to buy the gift of God by giving money (Acts 8:18).

28 A false witness will be cut off,    but a credible witness will be allowed to speak.

Musing: A false witness with a lying tongue will receive judgement speedily such that his word will mean nothing again both before the wise & fools. But for the one who says & reports things accurately, his words will carry weight forever — He will continually enjoy utterance.

29 The wicked bluff their way through,    but the virtuous think before they act.

Musing: A wicked man stays unresponsive to God & His instructions but for the upright, He stays open to God and seeks His opinion always with a discerning mind. 

30 No human wisdom or understanding or plan    can stand against the Lord.

Musing: All wisdom, counsel & instruction that there is must be according to & in line with God’s written word. Anything with a level of deviation from the ways of God is a shadow with no truth at all. 

 

31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle,    but the victory belongs to the Lord.

Musing: every battle in life will require tools and the inputs of man but it will also require the part of God to establish such moves. Even though Moses was instructed to stretch His rod against the red Sea, it was not the rod that parted the sea but God — Moses had to play His part to commit God to His part. We must head out in all of lives affairs with all the tools in our arsenal but it takes God to give us the Victory, safety & Salvation from all our enemies. God must be involved.

APPLES OF GOLD IN BASKETS OF SILVER: Wisdom for Today’s People Day 10

Summer in the bible represents the prime of one’s life. That’s the period one should  work tirelessly, otherwise, the individual will have no food during the winter. As I resumed school this September, I was excited to see my classmates again after a 4 month break. The question I kept hearing when we embraced each other was “what did you do during the summer?” Some travelled round the world, Most worked to earn money, while a minute part of the equation did nothing. The ones that did nothing were in shame. This is one thing out of many that this chapter teaches us. Your summer is very important; that’s when the ants go to work in preparation for the winter. If you mismanage the summer of your life, you will be ashamed when you see your equals in unimaginable heights in later years. So strengthen your slack hands and your feeble knees and get to work …but not before reading this 😀 Enjoy!



Verse 1: A wise son makes a glad father,But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.

Musing: In reality when a child does well, the father says, that’s my girl or boy. But when the child misbehaves, he reminds his wife that that’s her child. And we see why, the mother often feels the brunt more when the child fails to grow into sonship because in a sense, she has primary jurisdiction over the child to nurture and to rear – it is almost a given, little wonder the bible didn’t need to admonish her like fathers were specifically instructed in Ephesians 6:4 and Colossians 3:21.

  

Verse 2: Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, But righteousness delivers from death.

Musing: Ill-gotten gain gets one no where. Moves you two steps forward and 10 backwards. On the whole it profits nothing because you may lose your life in the process. But ‎honest gains makes you immortal….indestructible – the devil comes and can’t find any of his goods with you (Jn. 14:30). By righteousness, you are exalted & delivered from the destructive tendencies of the enemy (Prov. 14:34).

Verse 3: The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, But He casts away the desire of the wicked.

Musing: To eat and to find satisfaction in it is in itself a blessing that sadly, we have become complacent to see the hand of God in it. God expects us to be grateful every time we eat to satisfaction – no matter how we despise it, it is a miracle (Deut. 8:10). God won’t starve an honest soul…like David affirmed, ‘….the righteous will never beg Bread (Ps. 37:25). But for the wicked, his appetite will never be satisfied…he will keep wanting & never have enough. So be rest assured that The lord will uphold the righteous, even when it comes down to food, he will not let the righteous go hungry.

Verse 4: He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Musing: Poverty & wealth are not sudden events that befalls a man but they follow a process which happens in time. If you are lazy, it will lead to poverty & if you sustain a culture of hard work & diligence, it will lead you to wealth. Simple.

Verse 5: He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.

Musing: No matter how sincere you are, you cannot leave your location late & expect to arrive at your destination early. It defeats logic. Make hay while the sun shines — there is a time for everything according to Ecclesiastes 3 — time to Sow & time to reap and the both cannot be swapped. That’s why we often talk about a ‘window of opportunity’, it does not last forever…Jesus came and wept over Jerusalem because they were not aware of the time of their visitation (Luke 19:41-44)… they sleep walked through it and couldn’t take advantage of it. It was an hour of lost opportunity.

 Verse 6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

Musing: For the Righteous, by virtue of their pure hearts, they automatically enjoy the fresh oil of favour on their heads (Eccl.9:8) but for the wicked as they speak violence, it comes to them as an experience. They use their mouths to attract death to themselves (Proverbs 18:21). 

7 The memory of the righteous is blessed,But the name of the wicked will rot.

Musing: The wicked has but a nuisance reputation both in life & in death. Everywhere his name is mentioned only evil is remembered. But for the righteous who understood well enough during his lifetime that a good name is better than silver & gold (Provs. 22:1), at his death, leaves behind great memories. And in fact, they really don’t die that’s why they are hardly referred to as ‘the late. X Y’ but ‘ X Y of blessed memory’. 

Verse 8: The wise in heart will receive commands, But a prating fool will fall.

Musing: the wise in heart will receive instructions and increase in wisdom. He is gladdened at the face of instructions & have made this an attitude but a fool will literally rather die than receive an instruction. He so loathes it that he shuts himself off from hearing – even when he picks it in his ears, he never takes it to heart. To him, he is self-sufficient and he knows enough to lead a life of his own. Ruin. That is often his end. 

Verse 9 He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become known.

Musing: the one who conducts himself with integrity will enjoy security of life & his resources but he that walks in Perversion, no matter how hard he tries to hide his deeds, it will show itself to the world and expose its doer.

10 He who winks with the eye causes trouble, But a prating fool will fall.

Musing: Vs 10: Face your fears! Do not evade the eyes of people…look them eye ball to eye ball — God has told us in Jeremiah not to be afraid of the face of anyone (Jer. 1:8). 

An open face-to-face meeting will always result in peace @ the end once the motive is right. Never be afraid of a confrontation…Paul had to confront Peter at some point on the matter of the gospel to the Jews & gentiles (Gal. 2:11). He didn’t try to shy away from it. Those who refuse to tell others the truth in avoidance of the pain they may cause them often DO NOT KNOW that they are inadvertently creating another pain of a greater kind which will hurt not only the other person but themselves also. The truth may be hard but it is the only way to freedom and wise people know this!

Verse 11 The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

Musing: A good person out of His God heart not moral heart brings forth good things (Mark 10:18). Because he has the Holy-Spirit in Him, only life as of the living water flows out. The mouth of the Wicked is a dark cave because Satan seats in His heart — the father of darkness/ murderer (Jn. 8:44).

12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.

Musing: Hatred begins a fight but love is the way to victory — it covers multitude of sins. Both vertically and horizontally and I mean by God’s love to us (vertically) our sins are taken of his sight & blotted away like we never sinned and we must also show that love horizontally with the brethren such that we find no fault in them by reason of the amount of love we have for them.

13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, But a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding.

Musing: for a person of Insight, His mind is His eyes and helps him see things not limited to three dimension (3D) but of HHD — Heaven’s Helicopter Dimension. The both are incomparable in judgements. Once a wise man speaks, wisdom is seen. He has heard so much instructions that have shaped his wisdom and he speaks same words to communicate such wisdom. For a fool, it is not so. It takes more than instruction to impart him, there is often need for the rod on His back.

14 Wise people store up knowledge, But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

Musing: the wise accumulates knowledge & they keep accumulating knowledge, sometimes without knowing why. It is a treasure for them — they talk less so they don’t lose what they are saving except when they need to speak & they do this often to learn. They don’t speak to create a high impression of themselves as they do to impact. Those who talk too much are wasters & their speech show their foolishness which precedes destruction.

15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city; The destruction of the poor is their poverty.

Musing: the wealth of the rich is their strong city. It is as it were there power base as they understand it answers all things (Eccl. 10:19). For the poor, their poverty is their undoing — they live small lives, walk with small friends, have small dreams…infact they are dead while they live as they are not able to make any level of cobtribution & impact to the world around them. When they finally die, they die twice — while they are alive & also in death. Freedom lost in both worlds!

16 The labor of the righteous leads to life, The wages of the wicked to sin.

Musing: Vs 16: the reward for a good person is exuberant life — larger than life experience (Jn 10:10), eternal life. But for the wicked is judgement.  

Verse 17 He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, But he who refuses correction goes astray.

Musing: discipline is the only way to sustain life…once you ignore correction, death lurks around the corner.  

18 Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool.

Musing: Liars hoard hatred secretly. They laugh with you & their heart is not with you – bottle up lies & deception just in the likeness of the crafty father of lies (Jn. 8:44). If you have hatred growing in your heart, voice it out & cleanse your heart by His blood (Heb. 9:14).

 

 19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise.

Musing: the more talk the less truth. The Wise have learnt to measure their words — they have an in-built word counter. If you talk too much, you will lie and talk out the anointing of God that you have built up in your life…that’s why you become very light. Measure your words. 

Verse20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; The heart of the wicked is worth little.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of wisdom.[a]

Musing: A good person’ words can be taken to the bank – so much integrity. His Words alone is enough but for the wicked, even his heart has a worthless value because it does not know wisdom. 

22 The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.

Musing: God’s blessings is to make our life’s rich and even when we give back to Him from it, it does not add to Him. No one can improve on God by His/her virtues. For us also, His blessings adds no sorrow to us because our God is the father of light & there is no shadow with God.

23 To do evil is like sport to a fool, But a man of understanding has wisdom.

Musing:  A mindful person has full mind…mind that relishes wisdom. For the Wicked, he loves to cause trouble & takes evil as Sport.

24 The fear of the wicked will come upon him, And the desire of the righteous will be granted.

Musing: The realities of Job shows how a man attracts what he fears (Job 3:25). In the same way, faith also attracts our desires (Mt. 9:29). To manage fear, perfect love is the answer (1 Jn. 4:18). 

25 When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.

Musing: Storm happens to everybody but it takes those on solid ground of Jesus to weather the storm. For the Righteous, they shall be as mount Zion that cannot be moved but the house of the Wicked will come down as soon as it is impacted by the adversities of love (Mt.7:25).

26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy man to those who send him.

Musing: If you must get things done by another person, ensure he is not a lazy person, otherwise, you will often wish you did it yourself. We must be wise to discern the right people to work with so as to keep negative energy far from us.

27 The fear of the Lord prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.

Musing: the fear of God increases the life of a man but ungodliness will shorten his days as God’s instructions is the pathway to life …simple!

28 The hope of the righteous will be gladness, But the expectation of the wicked will perish.

Musing: the hope of the Righteous is great joy…no anxiety because God has got it all covered. But for the wicked, their expectations shall not be fulfilled.  

29 The way of the Lord is strength for the upright, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.

Musing: The way of the Lord is as a two edged sword (Heb. 4:12), strength to the upright & destruction to the wicked. Like every father, if you live your life well, he backs you up. 

30 The righteous will never be removed, But the wicked will not inhabit the earth.

Musing: Good people last…even when there is in a new Pharaoh in town because their elevation is not by luck or chance but by principles (Exo. 1:8). They shall be as mount Zion planted forever.

Verses 31&32: The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, But the perverse tongue will be cut out. 32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.

Musing: the words of a good person is a seasoner. The mouth of the Wicked has no life in them — they speak perverse things and don’t know wisdom neither do they know what is acceptable for different audience but the Righteous speak to please & impact. #Favour & power

APPLES OF GOLD IN BASKETS OF SILVER (3) Wisdom for Today’s People:


Life is full of challenges and in the midst of those challenges it is very easy to lose hope, but one of the many lessons that Proverbs 3 taught Unity and I, is to make God our reality in the midst of life’s realities. Yesterday, I referred to King Solomon as the wisest man that lived in days, even though that is true , there is another that is truer, Solomon’s wisdom transcends times and seasons. In other words, it is timeless. Below are musings from our meditation on Proverbs 3. Do not forget to like, comment and share. Enjoy 😀

Verse 1&2: My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying.

Musing: The only way not to forget the teaching of the Lord is to intentionally work on our heart to receive & retain the word. Wrapped inside the Word is: length of days, long life & peace. Why add length of days & long life one may ask, since it is supposed to mean the same thing. It is the very reason Jesus said, Life& life in abundance (Jn. 10:10). Not just long life but full life.  This is His plan for our lives

Verse 3:  Never let mercy and truth leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.

Musing: Mercy & truth, just like God’s Word are slippery virtues (Heb. 2:1), so it is not much of a case of you forsaking them as it is a case of them forsaking you. So, we will all need to guard our hearts enough, bind them on our necks and write them on the tables of our heart so that we will be observant enough to do according to all that He tells us to do

Verse 4: Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation.

Musing: If we commit to doing this, we will find favour with God & man just like Jesus from Luke 2:52. 

 Verse 5: Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.

Musing: Does this scripture read: ‘trust in the Lord with some of your heart and trust in what you understand with the remaining part’? No. He said, we must trust in God with all of our hearts and refuse to rely on our ‘head’ to help us navigate through life. Often times, there will be a lot of uncertainties & anxieties in our journey through life and that is the very reason for faith. What you understand is logic & what God understands is faith and it is very easy to want to conform only to what we can understand but that cannot manage the complexities of life because for every situation, the unseen is usually a greater & controlling part of the seen. 

The thing again is, a lot of times, God will not make sense and it will take a level of stupidity to walk with Him. For example at the marriage of Cana, the wine finished and Jesus made a laughable statement, ‘pour water into the vase & draw wine out with a cup’ (Jn. 2:8). That makes no sense to the natural mind but we only need to trust enough as to do whatever He tells us to do. Often times people ‘rely’ on the verifiable facts that they ‘stand on’ to make projections on life now and what is to come. But God is saying no. Just trust me — forget about your history, experiences and know-how and do so with your whole heart and not some part of it. If you do this, the words from your mouth will change, faith will replace fear & anxiety, your total world outlook will change. No matter what may be going on and how things may seem to end by default, God is always able to make all things beautiful. He is the all-powerful God

Verse 6: Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Musing: I can as well say in all departments of your life, acknowledge Him and He shall direct& guide your daily paths to succeed. To acknowledge God is to do everything as to God and not to man (Col. 3:23). It is to reverence Him as the one who has the final say. God is not a gate-crasher and He will not force himself into where He is not welcomed, if He knocks and the door is opened, He comes in, otherwise, He stays out (Rev. 3:20). If you invite Him as not just saviour of your soul but also your health, He will be your personal physician…if you partner with Him as big brother in heaven, He will bless your finances and make you prosper.

With God, we can succeed on all fronts – home front, business, community relations, ministry walk…all areas. He just needs to be acknowledged as Lord in all of these areas. You know, for many, they have accepted Jesus as their saviour and not as their Lord. They accept Jesus’ Lordship over their soul but not their resources of time, money and talent. This ought not to be. If we will see God’s hand in everything, we must put everything in God’s hand. It’s that simple

Verse 7: Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.  Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

Musing: To be wise by your own calculation is to be religious — this is the most lay way to explain this. 

 

For example, you want to give your tithe and you say, I have to give on my net and not my gross as I had spent on other things and you then start to calculate to the last cent and in your mind you assume you are wise or you switch your tithe to give to beggars by saying, ‘after all it is the same thing’. ‎Such light is great darkness (Mt. 6:23). Tithe is on every increase on you that ‘comes in’/income. You cannot outsmart God as both you and your calculator were all created by God. Just fear the Lord & run away from evil. 

 

You know the thing about self-deceit is, those who advance the ‘rightness’ of their opinion are always sincere and confident even when they are wrong. No one has ever being wrong that didn’t think he was right from the onset. If he knew he was wrong, he would have dropped his position a long time– so he advances it sincerely& confidently in error. That is why we are called to be meek and give some place to the ‘plenty’ that we don’t know — it is wisdom. Only God is all-wise and we need to fear & acknowledge Him when He instructs us. 

 

Some people want to do evil under the cover of darkness, but the thing is that man may not see you but God will certainly see you. Darkness is as daylight to Him (Ps. 139:12). 

 

Verse 8: Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.

Musing: As we honour him in awe and steer off evil under any guise and by the standards of the Word alone, not just our opinions on any concerned subject matter, He will cause our health to spring forth gracefully all around us. 

Verse 9: Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.

Musing: Part of our acknowledgment of His lordship is to honour Him in our finances also. David said, I shall not give to the Lord that which cost me nothing (2 Sam. 24:24). Wise man. Solomon gave 1,000 burnt offerings and God came down for His sake (2 Chro. 1:6). Substance is different from remnants.

On the flip side, we see Cain giving remnants and His life didn’t end well (Gen. 4:5). He dishonoured God like God was a hungry beggar. The thing is, God has no needs and even if He does, He will not need the wretched pocket of man to meet that need (Ps. 50:12). All our giving in honour of Him is for our own lifting also (1 Sam. 2:30). We must give him the crown of everything we own. Honour Him as Lord in our substance (offerings) & first-fruits (tithe) on all the increase we enjoy which is not limited to salaries/wages alone.

 God is not asking us for a grievous demand (1 John 5:3), there is nothing He is demanding of us that He hasn’t also giving us. Jesus was the only Son of His loins, His choice asset and yet He gave Him to us in expectation of nothing other than our souls.
Verse 10: Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.

Musing: 

The results of giving is mind blowing because nobody beats God in giving. Whatever we give to Him must return to us in a good measure, pressed-down, shaking together& running-over. As we give in return, He will fill our store houses (bank-accounts) with plenty open up multiple streams of income for us (new wine). All we need is the faith to let go of what is in our hands to share in the much that is in His hands.

Verses 11&12: My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.[b]

Musing: 

God admonishes that we do not despise His disciplining of us neither should we get tired of His correction. For it is the one who a father loves that He corrects, otherwise, He leaves him or her to self-destruct. (Vs 12). Once the Lord gives you over, destruction lurks at the corner and at that point grace an mercy no longer covers such a person (Rom 1:28). Those guys did not deem it fit to acknowledge God and His guidance and God gave them over to a depraved mind to do the things that should not be done — He as it were, shut down their consciences.

What does it mean to despise the chastening of the Lord?  

* He speaks and corrects you by His Word and you take it with a pinch of salt. You refuse to take it to heart and think there is grace available to cover our future errors (Rom. 6:1). 

Verse 13: Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.

Musing: The choice of words here are quite instructive: you FIND wisdom and GET understanding. And the thing is, you only find what you search for & diligently so (Luke 15:8-10). Wisdom is like Gold — not for free or to be seen on the surface of the ground but to be intentionally searched for. Understanding is obtained as we study and drink from the well of knowledge. It is never one-off but comes via a formative process. So we must stay on His Word to draw these value. 

 

Verse 14-16: For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold.Wisdom is more precious than rubies;  nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left.

Musing: Wisdom & understanding in the life of any man is not like some object of decoration but an asset of great profiting. It is more important than silver and the profits from trading it, is much more than gold. 
It answers to every department of life including the things money cannot do. One can use wisdom & understanding to trade for money but you cannot use money to procure wisdom. It is superior. Vs 15 says wisdom is more precious than precious metals and nothing in human valuation can come close to its value. From verse 16 we see that long life is in her right hand & riches and honour on her left hand. The riches that comes with wisdom is the blessings of God that adds no sorrow to it but comes with honour that money cannot buy (Prov. 22:1). 

 

Verse 17: She will guide you down delightful paths;   all her ways are satisfying.

Musing: There are many ways in the life of a man but as Prov. 14:12, says, their end are the ways of death. But not wisdom ways. Wisdom ways are those heavenly inspired options that only leads to pleasantness & profiting (Isa. 48:17). These ways are identified by peaceFULNESS — from start to end! 

 

Verse 18: Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.

Musing: Wisdom is likened to a tree of life, most likely, the palm-tree type that is full of different products from season to season. Everything we need is locked up in it. It is one thing to have it and another to refuse to allow it slip off (Josh 1:8). Wisdom blesses her host greatly. 

Verses 19&20: By wisdom the Lord founded the earth;  by understanding he created the heavens. By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth, and the dew settles beneath the night sky.

Musing: The Lord made the earth by wisdom & the heavens by understanding and manages all the elemental interactions of the earth by knowledge — same that we need as the children of God to exercise dominion over every of God’s creation. Knowledge fills every house including that of the earth with goodly & pleasurable treasures (Prov. 24:3)…it is about the science of the earth. As believers if we will be relevant in the on-going scheme of things, we will need to be knowledge workers. It is knowledge that gets the earth going, that’s why the richest nations on the earth like the US are mainly knowledge creators — the one who creates new knowledge that impacts on life & living attracts all the value. 

Verses 21&22: My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them, for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace.

Musing: Wisdom, Knowledge & understanding are invaluable treasures that must be kept at eye’s length @ all times. Vs 22: As long as they remain within reach, they will be life to your soul & grace to your neck.

Verses 23&24: They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble.24 You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.

Musing: With the grace wisdom adorns us with, we will walk safely & not stumble. Vs 24: by virtue of the ornament of grace around our neck, we will lie down and have sweet sleep…devoid of fear of any kind for He gives His dearly loved sleep (Ps. 127:2), sometimes even in the presence of our enemies. 
Verses 25&26: You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.

Musing:  In the face of disasters & the coming destruction on the wicked which is sure, we must resist the temptation to be afraid. God must be our confidence in those and the times are here as a matter of fact. We must be like mount Zion that cannot be moved but abides for ever (Ps. 125:1). What will come will come and it must not be a surprise to us. He will surely keep our foot from giving off the ground to fear (Vs 26). 

Verses 27&28: Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. 28 If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”

Musing: Vs 27 & 28: Wisdom says we should not hold back good from people who need it even for a day. People means people, all people…not only those of our faith, even though a preference will be given to the latter (Gal. 6:10). We can’t claim to love God and hate people and in fact, the universe will only work as planned if only we show love to the ‘God that we see’ the same measure of that which we claim we have for the God that we don’t see (I Jn 4:20). 

We must be like God who gives to all men liberally and finds no faults (James 1:5). Give now because if you do not, God will get someone else to. Say no to belatedness.

Verse 29: Don’t plot harm against your neighbor, for those who live nearby trust you.

Musing: Those who trust you, expect that you will have their best interest at heart, do not disappoint them because it will destroy your reputation. 

Verse 30: Don’t pick a fight without reason, when no one has done you harm.

Musing: As we move further in life we must learn to pick our battles wisely.  A fight that does not threaten your life and sanity is not worth fighting for. Many have been slowed down in their race in life because they stop to throw stones at the barking dogs. Apply wisdom. 

Verses 31&32: Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways.Such wicked people are detestable to the Lord, but he offers his friendship to the godly.

Musing: We must refuse to envy the wicked no matter their status in society. God says in Luke 16:15 that what man may esteem highly is as an abomination before God. A sinner has no value before God, other than His soul. Vs 32: Like Job, He releases His secrets to the bosom of those who fear Him (Job 29:4). 

Verses 33&34: The Lord curses the house of the wicked,  but he blesses the home of the upright.The Lord mocks the mockers, but is gracious to the humble.[c]

The wicked does not only draw the wrath of God on His life but also to his household, same way the blessings of God is drawn to the household of the righteous. Vs 34: For the scorners, He will make them objects of ridicule. 

 

Verse 35: The wise inherit honor,but fools are put to shame! 

Musing: For the wise, Glory shall be His reward and for fools, shame will always introduce their appearances. May this not be our portion!

 

 

For Your Eyes

Hello People,

So during the time I have been away, I have been focusing my energy on building my jewelry business. The online store is  LIVE!!! http://debbiecollections.com. Below are some pictures I would like to share you 😍😚 





I hope you have a great week

Ese

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ETHICS

Hello dear😀

It’s been ages since I last posted. I apologize greatly for the delay. How has life been going with you? You could share 😊

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THE INTERRUPTED LIFE

  

Mary was just a simple girl who dreamt of a simple life. She already knew the man with whom she would spend the rest of her life with and just like some of us, she had a particular direction in which her life would spread out. But here comes a message from God that interrupted the course of her life forever.

“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel[f] forever; his Kingdom will never end!” Luke 1

The angel was asking her to do something she never envisaged. He was asking her to forgo the plan that her first child would be Joseph’s biological son to embracing the new plan that her first child would be God’s son. He was asking her to take a path that could possibly threaten her engagement/future with her fiancé. He was asking for her permission to interrupt her life.

Just the same way he asked of Mary, God is asking the same of you today. He wants you to give up that picture, that plan you have for yourself and yield to his own call. That future of being a medical doctor to being a pastor. That future of being a CEO in a top firm in Canada to relocating back home and catering for the needs of a certain people. He is asking of you to take a detour into his glorious plan. May I remind you that every of his plan has a generational blessing attached to it! He wants to use us in a way that’s larger and greater than what we’ve ever dreamed our lives to be.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. Ephesians 3:20

Thousands of years later, Mary is still remembered and celebrated for taking that detour. Let him interrupt your schedule. It always ends in praise.