Pondering Proverbs 14:35 – Dealing Wisely

Pondering Proverbs 14:35 (Nov 14)
“A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor,
but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.”

My take: Now we don’t have many kings these days but we certainly have bosses, managers, owners, and customers we deal with. The best leaders and workers are one’s who serve and look 1st as what they can give rather than get. Certainly Jesus is the pinnacle of this in action. Yet those who think and thus act shamefully reap wrath and bring upon themselves loss. As an owner of s small business, I have witnessed this more than one too many times and seeing it play out once again. Trust takes a while to establish but it can be lost in a heartbeat.

Action words: deals wisely, acts shamefully, wrath falls

Key word: favor [fey-ver]
noun

  1. something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act:
  2. friendly or well-disposed regard; goodwill: to win the favor of the king.
  3. the state of being approved or held in regard: to be in favor at court; styles that are now in favor.
  4. excessive kindness or unfair partiality; preferential treatment: to treat some people with favor and others with neglect.
  5. a gift bestowed as a token of goodwill, kind regard, love, etc., as formerly upon a knight by his lady.
  6. a ribbon, badge, etc., worn in evidence of goodwill or loyalty, as by an adherent of a political party.
  7. a small gift or decorative or festive item, as a noisemaker or paper hat, often distributed to guests at a party.

My prayer: Lord, lets us look to you for the best example of a servant lifestyle. I thank you for your longsuffering and tremendous grace. Help me to make the most of my time, talent and treasure so that You find room for favor and avoid dispensing wrath.

Consider your ways!

Then the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, saying, “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?”

Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts:

“Consider your ways!

“You have sown much, and bring in little;

You eat, but do not have enough;

You drink, but you are not filled with drink;

You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm;

And he who earns wages,

Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.”

Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the LORD.

“You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says the LORD of hosts. “Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house.

Therefore the heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit. For I called for a drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”

Haggai 1:3-11

Today, God’s Spirit dwells in Christ loving hearts beyond the confines of His temple. He says it twice in this brief passage, “Consider your ways!”. Both times with the explanation mark!

There is an important lesson to heed here. A primary purpose of our creation have a relationship, to live a life in which God takes pleasure in while being glorified.

When we allow that supernatural process to occur, His nature is to bless that for He is good.

If we ignore Him, if we shun Him, if we are unrepentant, if we live in gross filth, debauchery, lewdness and immorality the consequence is depravity and emptiness as clearly explained in the vernacular of those ancient days.

Times have changed but God’s perfect core shall never change.

Therefore, God calls us to love Him with ALL of heart, soul, mind and strength as commandment #1 and then love others as #2. Loving ourselves is expected and natural. When we get the first two right, the third will be healthy.

I am third for givers gain.

So reader of this – Consider your ways!

Overwork / Mis-Understand

We should always seek balance though we will never find it perfectly. Just like over exercising, over eating, sleeping too much and even over working can be a problem.

If we think we are too busy to pray and seek God’s council, we are foolish. Sometimes we need to slow down, reflect and relax so that we can get further, not just by our understanding but by tapping into and trusting God. This definently has been an issue for me. God can do more for us in one second than we can for ourselves in a lifetime but God normally wants to work through people for whatever reason He deems so.

Are we not wise to take time to align our thoughts and abide in His power verse trying to do everything in our own limited power?

The Bible and nature can teach us everthing we need to know. Everything else worthy is a supplement and much else is a distraction.

We are recommended to:
Pray
Praise
Seek
Plan
Serve
Give
Love
Trust
and work but not overwork.

What’s your share your experience or take on this?

The Treasure Principle

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From Randy Alcorn’s book the Treasure Principle he writes,

A Treasure Mentality

Jesus doesn’t just tell us where not to our treasures. He also gives us the best investment advice you will ever hear, “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” – Matthew 6:20

If you stopped reading too soon, you would have thought Christ was against our storing up treasure for ourselves.

No.

He is all for it!

In fact, He commands it. Jesus has a treasure mentality. He wants us to store up treasure. He is just telling us to stop storing them in the wrong place and start storing them up in the right place!

Again He said, “Store up for yourselves”.

Doesn’t it seem strange that Jesus commands us to what’s in our own best interest?

Wouldn’t that be selfish?

No!

God expects and commands us to act out of enlightened self-interest. He wants us to live to His glory, but what is to His glory is always to our good (our long term good as God’s essence is love). As John Piper puts it, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him”.

Selfishness is when we pursue gain at the expense of others. But God doesn’t have a limited number of treasures to distribute. When you store up treasures for yourself in heaven, it doesn’t reduce the treasures available to others. In fact, it is by serving God and others we store up heavenly treasure. Everyone gains; no one loses.

Jesus is talking about deferred gratification.


Kirk’s comments:

Deferred gratification is rather high up on the investment acumen. It takes a higher level of cognitive thinking to practice this. The most successful people get it. God designed the system, not the worldly one but His best one, in that givers gain most. He is the ultimate example of this. When we do well, He does well because it is He who gave it all.