#DailyDevotion Jesus Is The Wisdom From God
Proverbs 25:2 It is God’s glory to hide a thing, but the glory of kings to search it out. 3Like the high heaven and the deep earth, the mind of kings can’t be searched. 4Take impurities away from the silver and the vessel will shine for the silversmith. 5Take away a wicked man from serving a king and his throne will be made secure by justice. 6Don’t glorify yourself before a king or stand in the place that belongs to the nobles. 7It is better to be told, “Come up here,” than to be put down in front of a prince whom your eyes have seen. 8Don’t be in a hurry to go to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor disgraces you? 9Present your argument to your neighbor, but do not reveal another person’s secret; 10otherwise, when he hears about it, he will denounce you, and his evil report about you will never disappear.
Wisdom literature is always interesting but it isn’t always easy to see how it points to Jesus. It is probably best to remember this 1Co 1:30 “And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,…” Jesus is our wisdom from God so when we read the wisdom literature in the bible we can understand it is Jesus talking to us.
So today it is told us it is God’s glory to hide a thing but the glory of kings to search it out and the mind of kings can’t be searched. Kings were at the time those who leisure to think about and explore the glory of God in creation. Good kings did this for in doing so they would be humbled at all they don’t know. Now of course we have whole fields of investigation searching out the hidden things of God in creation, plumbing the depths of the material world and the world of the mind. Yet such things are too deep for men. God will always have something new they haven’t discovered yet. It is a shame today many scientist, psychologist and psychiatrist have turned from the Lord their God. They are missing out on a greater understanding of the things they search out but their discoveries make the mind of believers marvel at the glory of God in creation.
We are told to take away the impurities, i.e. wicked man from serving the king and his throne would be secure by justice. Well we don’t have a king, but we have aldermen, mayors, governors, legislators, justices and presidents. We may not have a lot of influence personally with them to rid them of the wicked men who may surround such people for their own purposes. What we can do is pray for these people. We can pray the Lord would rid them of wicked people and to surround them with wise and capable Christian people to give them sound, godly advice they can follow and establish justice in the land.
We are told to not glorify ourselves before our kings but to humble ourselves first, then they may exalt us to say come up here. Jesus himself told us this at a dinner party where he was not recognized as the most important guest. He noticed many of the Pharisees were eyeing the best and most honorable places at the table. Instead Jesus teaches us to humble ourselves before God and at the appropriate time we will be exalted.
Finally, the proverb here about going to court is also talked about by Jesus himself in his ministry. We are reminded to try to handle our grievances with our neighbors out of court. Otherwise things may not go as planned and we will be the ones on the short end of the stick. We also should just handle disagreements with people personally and not air their dirty laundry lest we ourselves get a bad reputation which we cannot get ourselves rid of.
Heavenly Father, grant us your Holy Spirit, that we may listen to the instruction given us by our Lord Jesus Christ through the proverbs and when he walked among us that we may live in peace and quietness all our days to the glory of his holy name. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.