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Lesson # Prov. 10:22-24
Study Material - Prov. 10:22-24
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
22 It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it. 23 Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool; And so is wisdom to a man of understanding. 24 What the wicked fears will come upon him, And the desire of the righteous will be granted.
Worldly wealth is generally the focus of mankind. It is what we set our hearts and goals toward. We want, we desire, we pursue abundance and look to our security in that abundance. We wish no sorrow in our possessions or entertainment's. We wish for no negatives in that which we have in our lives. We look to our abundance's when we lose portions of our 'things' such that we will have no regrets at their loss.
These goals are worthy, but elusive when sought from the world apart from having God in our life. There is nothing wrong with having things. There is nothing wrong with having great quantities of things or activities. But along with 'things' needs to come capacity and responsibility. Capacity to allow one to appreciate what he has or can do, and responsibility to maintain ones social perspectives without causing harm to others, or to interfere with their rights and freedoms.
Through the study of Gods Word we grow up spiritually. This gives us capacity for life. Only good comes from God, never bad. This is worth repeating. Only good comes form God, never bad. God wishes us all great blessings, but God also wishes us to place all blessings in their proper place in life. Blessings are only things. Things can come and go simply because of the nature of the world. Things wear out. Things do not last forever. We need to realize that whatever it is we might have in life it is designed for this life and this life alone. Things do not follow us into eternity.
Therefore our appreciation of things needs to be placed in their proper perspective and in their proper priority. Gods Word is the source of all that we will ever have in life. It is the basis for our capacity and orientation to life, to God, to grace, and so forth. Doctrine is the basis for the health of our soul. Through it we prepare ourselves for life in this life, and in eternity.
Knowing this we do not go out of our way to harm others to gain 'things' for our own use at their expense. Wicked people do this. They lack doctrine in their soul, therefore they lack the basics of proper moral interaction with others. They take pleasure in the hurt caused to others. Sometimes this hurt is by simple gossip. Sometimes by taking advantage over others in some deceitful way. Sometimes it is through crime. Sometimes through politics either in the office, in social settings, in governmental settings. Sometimes in military settings or broad criminal settings like the terrorist activities we have witnessed in the news of late.
Wicked people come in all shapes and sizes. They come with pleasant smiling faces. They come with really obvious 'bad guy' faces. They pursue their own selfish interests. They pity themselves. They care nothing for others. They break contracts, agreements, moral basics in a society. They harm they inflict on others is the very harm they themselves fear. And therefore their destiny will be the realization of those fears, which they place on others, will come back upon themselves. They wish on others and in so doing condemn themselves.
The righteous person loves doctrine. He places self imposed constraints on himself so as not to violate the rights and privacy's of others. He pursues wealth and life in his own way, with his own abilities, while always keeping Bible doctrine in the forefront of his mind. Of course a positive believer will stumble along the way, but he always gets up, dusts himself off (fellowship) and moves forward. No sense in crying over spilled milk. Looking back on ones failures in life gains us nothing except from what we learned by our failures. We do not look back and pout in self pity.
The mature believer has confidence. We know that if we stick to our guns, if we persevere in our daily Bible study, then we will grow up (that is a certainty) and become mature believers in Christ. Our thoughts will change from worldly focus and the worries and fears that accompany it, to a focus designed specifically for us by God. We ride through life as a passenger on an adventure, and let God do the driving.
Those who lack God in their life, will live in their fears. They will die daily. They will experience all the terrors they impose on others, in boomerang fashion for themselves. Their destiny is misery, then death. Their desires, their pursuits, will never be attained regardless of the worldly wealth they might accumulate in life.
The mature believer will achieve happiness and contentment (regardless of the wealth he accumulates, or lack thereof). Success in life is related to wisdom from Gods Word that one possesses in the soul. The world is merely a set of props for this stage scene which we call life. This scene will come to an end for us all, then we need to be prepared for the next scene. Bible study is that preparation for both.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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