Bible Studies, Proverbs

Proverbs 30

Humble Descriptions of the World

Proverbs 30:5Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

Here we see that God’s Word claims to be true.  Every word is inspired by God.  Now if Christianity was not true than it would be easy to prove right?  If you were an atheist and you wanted to prove that Christianity was not true and you knew that the Bible claimed to be true all you would have to do is prove something in the Bible is not true and the religion would fold on itself.

Well, guess what, for centuries people have been trying to prove the Bible wrong, but they have all fallen short.  Why?  Because it is truly God’s Word and this is why each Friday morning I read you passages out of it because God’s Word is still alive and can still change lives today.

Now that we know that God’s Word is true and that it has stood the test of time we can use it as a refuge in God.  God’s Word set boundaries for us to live by so that we can get the most joy out of life.  We saw last week that the fool thinks that God’s boundaries are there to hinder him so he tears them down, just to be attacked by the enemy.  So do not despise God’s Words, love them and obey them so that you will get the most fulfillment out of this life and the next.   Love God’s Word and take refuge in Him.

Proverbs 30:6: Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.

God’s Word is not lacking anything.  Therefore, there is no need to add to it.  As Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”  God being all knowing knew what would be dealing with in the 21st century and made a way for us in a book written centuries ago to guide us through it.

Therefore, we see that it is God’s Word by itself is sufficient in everything that we need.  It is not God’s Word plus anything.   Only God can meet your needs and if you try to fill your God shape whole in your heart with anything else besides God then it will fail you and you will end up in depression instead of the Joy that the Lord brings.

Proverbs 30:7-9: Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.

This is the only prayer in the entire book of Proverbs.  And the author asks for two things:  That he would be removed from all falsehood and lying and second, that God would give him neither poverty nor riches.  Basically, what he is praying for is that he will be a man of good character and for God to keep him out of circumstances that might compromise his character so that he could live a life that glorifies the Lord.

First, implies both that he wants to be saved from becoming a liar, and wants God to keep him away from those that do lie.  He wants to be a man of integrity and that his yes’s will be yes’s and his no’s no’s.

The second request reflects the caution that Proverbs instills in the wise about trusting in wealth.  He wants God to keep him from circumstances that might cause him to stumble and to compromise his integrity.  Here we see that Satan tempts us in two ways, he either uses our poverty to make us want to steal from others or he uses our riches to make us forget who God is because we can meet our own needs with our riches.  Therefore, the author cries out for God to only give him what he needs so that he is not tempted to steal, but not to give him too much that he becomes self-reliant.  He wants to depend on God and appreciate all that has been given to him.


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