“Good News” is the subject of today’s proverbs. Living in a day of instantaneous news from nearly every corner of the world, it is hard for this generation to imagine the longing and anxiety of previous generations who waited anxiously to hear from a loved one that all was well. Text messaging, Facebook posts, cell phones and Skype have revolutionized communication. Solomon gives us two proverbs that serve as reminders that “Good News” is refreshing!
Proverbs 25:13 – “As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.”
I have had the joy of vacationing in the Rocky Mountains and remember well the beauty of those snow-capped mountains in summer. My experience of driving pass fields of grain thriving in rich soil made moist by snow-fed springs and temperatures tempered by gentle breezes validates Solomon’s observation in Proverbs 25:13—Good News is always welcome!
Continuing the theme of Good News, Solomon draws upon an illustration of cold running water in Proverbs 25:25.
Proverbs 25:25 – “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.”
Allow two applications: The first is that Good News is always welcome news! Some reading today’s devotional have neglected for far too long the opportunity to communicate your love and indebtedness to a parent, family member, friend, pastor or teacher. A phone call or letter expressing gratitude is like a cool, refreshing drink of water!
The second application is the “Greatest News” that has ever been told—the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ! The bad news is that you and I were born sinners. As good as you may think you are, the reality is you can never be good enough to be accepted by God Who is Holy and Just (Titus 3:5). God cannot “behold evil [nor] look on iniquity” (Habakkuk 1:13). The spiritual malady of sin is universal [“There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). We are guilty of sin and our standing before God is as sinners condemned (Revelation 21:8). However, there is Good News–God sent His Son Jesus Christ to be our substitute, to suffer the penalty of our sin and to die in our place (1 Peter 3:18; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
John 1:12 – “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
Copyright 2014 – Travis D. Smith