God is in control; we should not fear. Those of us who love the LORD and are His; we should remain steadfast, trusting in Him.
Proverbs 21 – “1 The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.”
I don’t know about you, but I receive solace from this Scripture. How many times was God in control of wars, and kings, and nations in the Old Testament? Can you count them?
I’d like to encourage you to read Judges. It’s exciting!
“2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.”
God tests us to see what our heart is really made of, and what or who is precious to us, and what or who we turn to for help. Do you turn to God?
“3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.
9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.”
Verse 9 is one of my husband’s favorites!
“10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.
11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.”
This one may refer to a backslider. Turn back to God and His WISDOM, and be saved!
“17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.”
Well, that makes sense, right? You get a hangover and can’t go to work, plus they are both expensive!
“18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.
23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.”
Wow, isn’t this the truth? If only we could keep our mouths closed! It’s also written that we eat the fruit of our own words! We stir up some of our very own troubles! Why can’t we keep our mouths closed?
“24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.
30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.
31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.”
I love this one. We can prepare ourselves with every weapon for war, and even our horse, or tanks, or ships, but “safety is of the Lord.” If we forget to ask God to be in the midst, and be in control, we shall fall / fail / lose / die.
I used to have a hard time reading an entire chapter of Proverbs. But someone suggested reading a chapter a day. Read the 23rd chapter on the 23rd day of the month, and so on, because there is one for each day! May God bless you with all your needs.