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THE LORD IS PATIENT AND FAITHFUL

God has time and lets us use it as we please.  If we use our time to please him we will also have eternity in which he will please us.  But man is given to self esteem and delusions of self importance, and is impatient for rewards.  If we forget the Lord we may be tempted to act as if he has forgotten us.  He will remember us for who we really are and for where our treasure is.  No one is above his judgment.

Proverbs 28:1-14

1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Guilt leaves one always looking over their shoulder for the judgment.  But those who live in and for righteousness, not even death will deter them from victory.  How is a president of the United States so ensnared that he needs so many lawyers and a stream of obvious lies if he is not being hunted?

2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

When a nation is guilty of failures or crimes nature makes short work of their leaders.  There may be assassinations, purges, or election defeats when the news is bad.  A great leader can expect a long and prosperous career of good government.

3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.

How can someone who understands the pain of poverty force that on others who have the same pain?  This is compared to a storm that flattens the crops and leaves the land with no harvest.  He should not expect a kindly reception.

4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

Yielding to the temptation to cheat makes you an advocate of all other lawbreakers, great and small.  By staying on the straight path of the law you are part of the defense of the land against the outlaws.

5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things.

The mind possessed by evil cannot comprehend that God is aware and waiting to bring judgment.  Those who are aware of their need for God seek his guidance and he gives them that understanding.

6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

We have a world of corruption among the wealthy today, and they are unaware of their pending demise.  God is aware and planning to settle the accounts on their transgressions.  Having a clear conscience with a light bank account is not a source of anxiety.  Having the assurance that God is our provider removes fear and brings peace.

7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.

A quiet peaceful life without crime gives peace to parents.  But there is a burden of grief for the parents of one who hangs out with gangsters.

8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

One who by natural cheating gains his own wealth will in time sacrifice that to another who will return that money to the poor.  God will balance all accounts in his time and way.  No one can buy enough lawyers to escape from God.

9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

If a man still has hope for his prayers he should not ignore the law of the God he is praying to.  A man who is called a Christian cannot live without the actions of obedience.  Faith without works is an abomination to God.

10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.

Making a pit to trap a victim in is an evil that God can see.  He is the one who determines your path, and it will lead you right into your own trap.  The godly man shall be judged and rewarded for his righteousness.  Even the world can witness the open threats and plans of the evil man.

11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

We have seen the rich men of America assume power over every government office with evidence of conceit, deceit, and greed manifesting over everything they touch.  But even as God holds them in derision, the poor people are aware of the whole deception.  They will not be mislead by fake news or propaganda.  Evil will not stand.  This is a promise of God.

12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.

There is prosperity and contentment when wise men can rule in peace.  But in an evil administration even members of his own party want to retreat from the policies of the evil leader.  They resign, they testify against him in court, and they vote against his policies to preserve their own careers.

13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy

It is so hard to write this as I watch my nation and its leaders ignoring all the wisdom of this book.  But so did the man who wrote this book, thus leading Israel to the judgment and captivity in Babylon.  David had given his son the lesson of confessing his sins and had already been forgiven, proving God’s mercy.  How can we miss this so often?

14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

Well the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and we do well to remember that and be aware of all the danger around us.  Once confidence replaces caution the door is open to the invaders.  When we are sure that we can weave deception we are deceived and destroyed.  God is over us, as real as the mountain that overshadows the valley.

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