Monday March 22, 2021
Text: Proverbs 21:1-14
Theme: God is still on the throne
God is still on the throne and he is ruler over all. He has the final say over every matter. This is why verse 1 says;
the king’s heart is in the hands of the lord, like the rivers of water; he turns it wherever he wishes
The king may be the highest authority in a given place. He rules over the affairs of that land yet God is the king of kings and the lord of lords. God can turn the heart of any king to do his bidding. He demonstrates this severally in the Bible. Pharaoh of Egypt, Darius, Nebuchadnezzar, Ahasuerus are few of the examples. Thus we have confidence that there is no man too strong for God to change. If God can get kings to do his bidding how much more ordinary men. We only need to stand our ground in prayers over such.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes but the lord weighs the intents of the heart
This is the reason many evils are committed. Man justifies his action from the standpoint of his beliefs and benefits from whatever he does. But a heart which is regenerated by the word of God will place the principles of the scripture and the prodding of the holy spirit as his own gauge. For even the heart is deceitful above all things, who can know it. Therefore, seek to be transformed by the renewing of your mind in line with God’s word. So you can judge your thoughts and actions rightly.
to do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the lord than sacrifice”
( verse 3)
God values our interpersonal relationship with people around us than our regular attendance to church and other outward works of piety. Our Christianity must be such that our character should be the bible that people read. Verses 4 to 14 gives a list of several attitudes and behaviours unbecoming of a christian. If there is no compassion in our lives we can’t claim to be Christians. When we turn blind eye to the poor and needy when we can help them we are just hypocrites. If we are quarrelsome, tell lies, defraud and engage in all sorts of shoddy practices and secret sins, then we deceive ourselves.
In conclusion, righteousness in the inside and out is what God demands from us, not lip service, offerings and empty show of religion. Let this thought guide us into this working week so we can reflect the true light of the Gospel wherever we are found in Jesus name, Amen!