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“A Man Who Wanders” (Prov 21:14-24)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
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“A man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead” (vs16)

If we leave the gospel of God’s grace, then we shall die. It is the only refuge, and our only hope is to abide in it, life long, believing the promises, and returning to God, if we’ve sin. We are not to wander away to our lusts, as if there is satisfaction in rebellion, but admitting our sins, we trust the reconciling power of Christ – that He has made us righteous by faith, and He will help us live godly as well. We are not to try obedience in our strength but always by faith, and we’re to keep near to the gospel so that we can believe (Rom 10:14-15). When people turn from the message of grace, God ceases to help them, because He will bless by His Son only.

These things of continuing in the faith are essential, and only God can make us remain in Christ. Temptations are too numerous, but for Christ’s sake and because of love unearned, the Son of God keeps all that the Father gave Him (John 6:37). Our hope isn’t in doing our own thing; it is returning, repeatedly, to God’s way, by the path of grace, which makes us walk with God according to His goodness to us (Is 35:8-10). Be still in the Lord when things discourage you, and run to His arms when you’ve spit in His face. Returning is what He commands. Do it, and be saved.

Secondly, peace is better than possessions (vs19). We read, “Better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and angry woman”. It is better to have quietness with Christ than all the world’s wealth, and it is better to have the corner of a house than to have a large house filled with contention. In all things, we want God to be with us, peace to dwell in us, and nothing is worth trading those things away. We read, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful” (Col 3:15).

These are good things promised to us in Christ, and we seek them. We don’t count peace a strange and unworthy thing, something to be forgotten and not enjoyed. It is real, so we experience it by wise decisions. A man must know, before he marries, what he wants in life. Does he want the wife who will please the flesh, or does he want one that pleases God? He must choose wisely, choosing someone peaceable as better than someone who simply wants his bed. It is the same with a job or a relationship. What governs you? Is it your lusts for other things, or do you value peace enough to let it rule you and to make your decisions based upon what pleases God?

Do not be unwise. Peace with God and peace with other people is what we labor for: we make it a priority over every other thing. Whatever is important, you will seek, and whatever you find corresponds with your real desires. Choose God’s way, and you won’t regret it in the end. You will have the most valuable thing, even peace instead of war and wrath.

Finally, the proud scoffer rejects this gospel and dies in sin because he won’t believe the message of mercy (vs24). We read, “A proud and haughty man – ‘Scoffer’ is his name; he acts with arrogant pride”. PRIDE makes him say “no” to God’s grace, because he wants to rule his own life, as if he can have it his way, justly! This is not the way of faith and humility, nor is it the way of acting by gospel principles. This is a proud man telling the Savior, “I don’t need you to die for me. I don’t need grace, and I will not obey your teachings”. Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go” (Ex 5:2). Pride pits the creation against the Creator, as if we can actually tell God “no” and still prosper. He says that only fools think like this. They staunchly deny God’s rule over them (Ps 53:1-3).

Be humble, and you’ll be saved. Humility will keep you coming to Christ as a sinner, and in humility, you’ll take salvation freely. You will look to Him continually because you need His grace and have no other options. In this humility, you’ll be obedient to God’s will and have His peace. Do not act like you don’t need God, rejecting the gospel, and scoffing at the gift of life. You have one option: believe and obey, or reject, but only pride causes sinners to despise salvation.

Heshimu Colar Heshimu Colar
Heshimu Colar, Pastor of The Gospel Church, faithfully proclaims the saving message of Jesus Christ, continually exalting Him in God's word as the Savior of...

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