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Proverbs 28:2 – A nation’s leaders are indicative of that nation’s character as a people—they are who we are!

dream_overOur proverb for the day takes on a political nature as King Solomon teaches his son the shadow of influence godly and ungodly leaders cast across a nation. Proverbs 28:2 sets forth two principles Americans would be wise to hear and to heed when they vote for men and women who aspire to political office.

Proverbs 28:2“For the transgression [sin; rebellion; guilt] of a land [country] many [many; much] are the princes [chief; commander; rulers] thereof: but by a man of understanding [discernment] and knowledge [by observation and experience] the state [rightness; well-being; preparation] thereof [the land] shall be prolonged [lengthened].”

Solomon’s political parable reveals one of the afflictions of a rebellious nation—many leaders! The implication is that a country, which turns its back on God, will be weak and divided by its leaders.  An obvious illustration of a divided nation is civil war; however, the party rhetoric of our day portends to the same rift without taking up arms.

The vitriolic, venomous speeches of our leaders reflect the sins of a divided nation. Barack Obama, Harry Reid, John Boehner, Nancy PelosiWe are a nation of many leaders, few of whom in my opinion desire to put our nation on a righteous course.  America’s leaders have distorted life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by systematically taking the lives of nearly 56 million unborn and attacking the sanctity of marriage and family with a deluded definition of equal rights in the name of diversity. Indeed, too many evil leaders rule a rebellious sinful nation!

The second lesson in our parable is a reminder that godly leaders, leaders with wisdom, insight and discernment are a blessing to a nation.  It is the character of the leader, not the office he holds, that defines this leader.  His integrity and dependence on God imparts to the nation stability and security that prolongs the nation’s life and prosperity.

America is a nation in decline. If you wonder why we have lost our role as the world’s leader and force for good—you need look no further than the character of the men and women we have elected to office. A nation’s leaders are indicative of that nation’s character as a people—they are who we are!

Washington praingI do not want to leave you feeling hopeless and wrestling with despair. There is something you and I can and must do—Pray for our nation and our leaders.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 – “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

Proverbs 17:3 – Someone reading today’s devotional is feeling the heat of fiery trials—Look past the flames!

cookoutFire is one of nature’s most valuable and destructive elements. 

When Sheilah and I take walks in the late afternoon there are times the whiff of meat cooking on an outdoor grill will capture our attention.  One of us will comment to the other, “Wow that smells good!”  Is it not thought-provoking that the flames that stir an appetite, powers a steam locomotive, turns electric turbines can, when unleashed, leave a path of destruction and sorrow?

In today’s devotional thought, Solomon compares the flames that melt and purify firesilver and gold to fiery trials God allows and directs into the lives of His spiritual sons and daughters. Solomon writes,

Proverbs 17:3 “The fining pot [refining] is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD [Jehovah; Self-existent] trieth [proves; examines] the hearts.”

The process of purifying precious metals requires intense heat. A refining pot of raw silver, sat in the midst of a flame, brings the dross and impurities of silver to the top where a skimmer removes them leaving pure silver.  Purifying gold follows a similar process.
refining goldComparing times of trial and trouble to a refining pot and furnace, Solomon taught his son to anticipate the LORD would prove, test and purify the hearts of His people by trials that test the heart, purify the motive and humble the spirit.

James exhorted the persecuted church of the 1st century:

James 1:2-3“My brethren, count [consider] it all joy when ye fall into [encounter] divers temptations [trials; adversity]; 3 Knowing this, that the trying [testing; proving] of your faith worketh patience [strength; perseverance].”

To be transparent, the singe of fiery trials hurts and can humiliate if not received with a humble, broken spirit. The trying of our faith and dependence on God tends to burn away the crutches of self-will and independence. The betrayal of a friend or the rejection of a loved one leaves us dependent on the LORD, trusting His way is perfect (2 Samuel 22:31; Psalm 18:30), good (Romans 8:29-29) and altogether right.

Job 23:10“But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall fierycome forth as gold.”

Someone reading this devotional is feeling the heat of fiery trials. I know it hurts and you want to flee the flames of pain and disappointments. I know how easy it is to focus on the circumstances and personalities that have disappointed you. My exhortation and counsel is—Look past the flames! Trust God will take you through the pain to the other side!

1 Corinthians 10:13 – “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Proverbs 13:1-3 – Bite Your Tongue

Power-of-wordsYou will notice that Proverbs 13 continues with Solomon’s familiar form—using the conjunction “but” to draw a contrast between two opposing thoughts. For today, we will focus on the power of the tongue to bless or to destroy.

Solomon exhorts his son to be a “wise son” and heed his father’s instructions, unlike the scorner who scoffs at loving discipline and correction (13:1).  Solomon exhorts his son to consider the influence of a man’s words and conversation. Words are powerful and the force of them, for good or evil, can shadow a person for a lifetime!  Notice that a man’s words can minister grace and kindness or provoke violence and conflict. Solomon writes:

Proverbs 13:2 –A man shall eat [consume; devour] good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul [desire] of the transgressors shall eat violence.”

     

The words of a good man are a blessing, like fruit to a hungry soul. However, the words_can_hurt_or_heal_smallwords of the wicked alienate and promote strife.  Many families have suffered alienation of loved ones and wasted precious years because of words spoken in anger and haste. Comprehending the power of words, Solomon exhorts his son to guard his lips and restrain his mouth for the sake of his testimony and reputation.

Proverbs 13:3 – “He that keepeth [bridles; watches] his mouth keepeth [preserves] his life [Guard your lips]: but he that openeth wide his lips [a big mouth; rash with words] shall have destruction [come to ruin].”

A man who opens his mouth without weighing his words sows the seeds that lead to his own destruction (13:3b).

What a practical truth for us all.  We would spare our loved ones and ourselves a lot of sorrow if we would learn to bridle our lips!  Too many families have suffered irreparable harm because of ill-advised words and proud, unrepentant spirits.

tongueJames 1:26“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.”

Welcome to the “Big Daddy” State

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For the past month I have been preparing a series dedicated to applying Biblical truths to the “hot topic” moral issues of our day.  Yes, the series will be “politically incorrect,” but a necessary thought-provoking exposition of the Word of God.  The intrusion of our government onto moral ground that is God’s business and the burden and responsibility of the church has set up a confrontation that is unavoidable if Christians are to function as spiritual Salt and Light in the world (Matthew 5:13-16).

There are four “hot button” topics that will be the focus of my next series: Abortion; Homosexuality; the implications of so-called “Gay Marriage”; and the growing presence of militant Islam in the United States.  My desire to be current and relevant in my study of those four topics has been a confrontation with what the apostle Paul described as “spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).  Like a cancer that attacks the vital organs of the body, abortion, homosexuality, “gay marriage,” and militant Islam have become a four-pronged cancer attacking the spiritual and moral fiber of our nation.

The current administration, the majority of politicians, the breadth of public educators, and the liberal media are militant amoralists that are antagonists to any that promote a biblical moral worldview.  One need not look beyond yesterday’s news headlines for proof.  On Tuesday, April 30, 2013, the news media celebrated the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement that the sale of “Plan B One Step”, the so called, “morning after pill” had been approved for over the counter sales to 15 year-olds with only the proof of ID and not requiring a physician’s prescription or a parent’s consent.  I have waited for the outcry of parents who recognized this decision for what it is—a violation of the home and parental authority. Sadly, the silence of parents and Christian leaders allows one to conclude that we have surrendered to the overreach of government and liberal indoctrination and intrusion.

Ms. Lauren Neergaard, a medical writer for the Associated Press, stated in her April 30, 2013 article that critics of “Plan B One Step” assert that the drug is “the equivalent of an abortion pill because it may also be able to prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus”.  Many scientists and the manufacturer of Plan B deny the contention, nevertheless, the reality is that girls who are not old enough to drive are being encouraged to use the Plan B pill to avoid unwanted pregnancies…even in this society that requires parental consent for a child to be given aspirin at school.

Be assured the leftist politicians and liberals with an immoral, anti-family agenda will not rest until there is no minimum age and girls much younger than 15 years old will, in the name of “women’s rights,” have access to the “morning-after pill”—no questions asked, no judgments passed.  The FDA’s decision to sell “Plan B One Step” to minors without a doctor’s counsel or a parent’s consent is a circumvention of parental authority and an attack on the moral fiber of the home.