Thursday, April 8, 2021
Text: Proverbs 23:15-35
Theme: Surely There Is a Hereafter
Surely, There Is a Hereafter. This is most glaringly true in the book of proverbs. It maintains a clear focus on eternity, not time. The Kingdom of God and His Truth is actually it’s theme in a sense, not the world and its temporal delights.
“Time” is a system God created with mankind for our use here in this life only. It is not necessary or desired in the Kingdom of God. Similarly, our focus is best kept on things of the Kingdom…the truths that Christ taught in His Gospels. The truth which other true believers have also written about in the Scriptures. The things of this earth seem more interesting, entertaining and needful than the things of eternity. However, we have to decide if we will trust in ourselves, or Christ. He is the one hwho has all the truth AND our best good at heart! The more we can focus on eternity and bringing the Kingdom of God into our lives, the more we can glorify God and enjoy Him now and forever.
We must not abandon the earth to do this though. In fact, as Christians, we must continue to be an influence for good — salt and light. Jesus never wanted His followers to be out of the world. He just wants us to not be caught up in world systems. And to do that we must continually use the Word of God, including such proverbs, and Holy Spirit to guide us.
This picture of alcoholic drink is one of the best and truest I have ever read. It is also a picture of many other temptations Satan uses. Wine, beer, hard drinks, liquors, may have a place in some lives but they are always a temptation if they are ever used to excess or to bring relief from personal cares. We are to lean on Christ, NOT created, perverted substances for our peace, strength, joy and hope.
Alcohol pretends to provide these by fooling the brain. The result is as described. People act foolishly and cannot get themselves out of the addicted lifestyle because of the hold the substance has on them. There are many other substances which act in similar ways, we now know. We must be sober and vigilant in order to resist the devil and live for eternity. To give in to desires for too many good things NOW, is to submit to pride and the devil.
To surrender to Christ and let Him work in His time and Way is the only path to true joy, peace, strength and hope. 2 Corinthians 4 tells us: ”
For our momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Therefore, Keeping our eyes on the prize of the eternal help us Lord to resist the temptation that leads to foolishness and destruction. Amen!
Written by Sandra Staely