In 1941 America had radar, and still missed the warning of an incoming Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor. In Vietnam in 1968 my First Sergeant discovered that all of our defending Vietnamese infantry were asleep at their guard posts. He climbed the roof of their bunker and began firing the 50 caliber machine gun to awaken them in a panic. In 2016 America ignored many warnings and settled for the “lesser” of two evil candidates. Now this nation may be following Israel into the judgment they got in Babylon. You can still develop your confidence in citizenship in the Kingdom of God. Godly men prospered in Egypt, Babylon, and Persia. But if you cannot see or hear the warnings of these words of God you may die in your sins.
Enlisted men, like Pvt. Joe Lockard and Pvt. George Elliott, provided the Pursuit Officer with data from a new system called radar. Working the radar station at Opana Point with Lockard on the morning of December 7th, Elliott was getting some more experience. Most days, they turned the radar off by 7 a.m. Waiting for their ride back to base, the men decided to keep the radar on.
Suddenly Lockard saw something he had never seen before.
It was the largest group I had ever seen on the oscilloscope. It looked, as I said, like a main pulse and that is why I was confused, at first, as to whether it was a flight or not. I had never seen one…it produced the largest echo on the scope that I had ever seen.
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Wine has an invitation that seems to offer comfort and fellowship. A strong liquor offers a quick escape into carefree times. What seems like a social behavior is a lubricant into foolishness. Comfort quickly goes south into shame and disgrace. We should tremble at the threat of drink long before it degenerates into death. I have known good souls who have left us forever for being unable to turn away from substance abuse.
2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
Kings, judges, and leaders must protect their people so they are given authority to destroy transgressors. To rebel or speak evil of an authority may lead to your judgment and punishment. God places rules, and he may require a cost against your soul as well as the punishment of the world.
3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
Anyone who can walk away from an argument or even agree is a man of honor indeed. How wonderful if he can actually listen, understand, and change his mind. But it is just as honorable to allow others to have a different opinion and be understanding. Can we who have a relationship with a God others can’t see understand that they cannot hear him? Can we be patient to identify those who may come to hear our God at a later time? Or do we drive away some who are actually God’s people because we will not hear them out? Oh but a fool can be religious and still be offensive to everyone. A fool who worships false Gods may yet be redeemed, but one who knows our God and blasphemes by rebellion will be a fool to the end.
4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
Wow; Wyoming springtime is always frosted by the late snow storm. If our farmers do not get the plowing done early it will never get done. I am no farmer, but I have seen a local farmer re-plant in the fall, and he got a crop of green before the snow set in. There is a season of prosperity for the hardy worker but only poverty for fair weather workers.
In industry we have to find work during hard times too. Bad bosses and annoying co-workers cannot put us off. Even if we get laid off we have to go after the next job by faith. I was laid off over five years ago, but I bought software and launched my own patents and a new company. If you can’t join them, lick them!
5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
A man who has wisdom has the evidence of God in his life, and he may not volunteer what he knows to everyone. He knows that some do not take well to raw truth. He will have the kind of advice that may save your life, but he cannot know if your will take his life for offering it. If you have understanding you will recognize who has wisdom and you will humbly seek it. Two wise people will know each other and plan a garden that gives the fruit of life.
6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
Usually both sides of any argument claim to be the true light of righteousness. Every prisoner is innocent too, right? Well god can find a faithful man, and he sent us one in his son Yeshua. That son of God can make you righteous too, but only by faith in him. Don’t tell us how right you are, tell him how wrong you are. He will fix you.
7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
A good man doesn’t talk right, he walks right. He has no need to proclaim what he demonstrates, and his family is enveloped in the blessings that God sends him.
8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
How many leaders today really pass judgment, let alone sit on its throne? But one who can do so is under the power of God and disperses the resistance of evil from his realm. There is power in the ruler who is anointed by God.
9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
Jerimiah 17:9 says: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” No man can claim to have a clean heart. Romans 3:23 says: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Can any of us claim to have earned our righteousness by our goodness when God would call us liars? No one can.
10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.
Sure, we know that a package of beef should weigh what it says it weighs. A bad scale is a form of theft. But all forms of unequal measurement fall under this as well. Is a man more guilty if his skin is not white? Is a godless communist more guilty than a godless capitalist? God wants us to bring everyone to him because he alone can measure truth and deliver it to us.
11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
If we expect this of our children, can we expect to get away with less? Will God hide his eyes when we who are his children are not pure? If you have begun to believe that there is a God do you really expect him to take less than an honest life?
12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.
Gathering light with clarity and being able to discern distance, motion, and color is important. Hearing the roaring lion is an important warning. These are the radar of survival, and God intends you to survive. Why did he bother if we do not bother to see and hear his warnings of danger?
13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
I am old enough to benefit from long hours of sleep. But now I have opportunities that I never had in my younger years. I fight to get sleep early so I can rise early and get my work done. Now I am fighting for my children, so they may have an inheritance. But most of all I want them to have a heritage of faith in God.
14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
Well we do this; tell the dealer that his merchandise is not worth what he wants for it. When the debit card reader asks if the amount is correct, I ask if I can make an offer. It doesn’t work but if I got any sale prices I can be pretty happy with my new material goods. Can I also so value the forgiveness that could only be won by the self sacrifice of the son of God? I can’t deny that what I paid was nothing compared to what he paid.