Proverbs 7 & 8: The Gold
Verse of the Day: (8:19) My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
1. The Goodman (7:1-27)
For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: (7:19)
One of the sins that has caused many people from all walks of life, including Christians, and even faithful pastors and missionaries, to fall from grace, is the fatal sin of immorality. It comes in a subtle and sublime way, but it destroys with great tragedy and trauma, that will last for a long time, and even for many, a lifetime of regrets and remorse. This is why the holy God, through King Solomon of Israel, commanded the people at that time, and even Christians today, to flee from the sight of lust and immorality, and pursue after Him and His holiness. Indeed, let us treasure and appreciate our goodmen or masters or husbands, and also our wives, as they are truly God’s good gifts to us. (Mark 14:12-21)
2. The Gates (8:1-9)
She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. (8:3)
During the Old as well as the New Testament era, the wise leaders of the communities would usually gather at their gates, which were like large courtrooms, discussing outstanding and pertinent issues, as well as, screening through visitors coming into their cities or towns, ensuring that they were not bad element attempting to create trouble. Indeed, let us gather at the gates of God, His Word, and hear His wisdom and instructions, and believe and trust in Him, and one day, we shall shun the devil’s burning hell, and enter the pearly gates, and into His holy and heavenly city. (Revelation 22:14-21)
3. The Gold (8:10-36)
Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. (8:10)
At the end of Solomon’s life, he fully understood that God’s wisdom is more precious than man’s wisdom, and even more precious than the splendid rubies, choice silver and fine gold. In this world, the relentless pursuit of gold is the ultimate mark of a successful man, and especially at this point of time, amid the unparalleled and unprecedented pandemic Covid 19, where the value of money is losing its shine because the world is suffering from one of the worst recessions since the 1930s. God, through Solomon, commanded Israel, and the Christians today, to seek Him and His wisdom, and to love and fear Him, and flee from pride, evil and wickedness. Indeed, when we believe in Jesus, we shall, one day, enter the gates into heaven to meet Him as well as our loved ones who have gone ahead of us. There shall be no more pain, sorrow, crying or death, and we shall walk on the streets of gold, admiring the gates, walls, foundations and city of precious stones and pure gold, worshipping and serving God for all eternity. (Revelation 21-22)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to pursue Your wisdom as it is more precious than gold.