Walk with the wise and enjoy the consequences of wisdom

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Proverbs 13

19    A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul,

But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.

20    He who walks with wise men will be wise,

But the companion of fools will be destroyed.

21    Evil pursues sinners,

But to the righteous, good shall be repaid.

22    A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,

But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

Let us once again separate these four verses into the benefits of those who walk in wisdom against the consequences of those who walk in foolishness.

  • it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil
  • the companion of fools will be destroyed.
  • Evil pursues sinners
  • the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous

We must never forget that the enemy of our souls only desires our destruction. People who end up in the category of the fool do not do so with their eyes open but with their sight blinded. Nonetheless, they act in foolishness and do not depart from evil, their company is destroyed, evil pursues them, and their wealth is not enjoyed. We must never envy those who live in foolishness and seem to prosper for all their apparent prosperity is a castle in the sand and will sadly come to nothing.

However:

  • A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul
  • He who walks with wise men will be wise
  • to the righteous, good shall be repaid
  • A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children

These are the people of this world whose eyes have been opened to the evil around them and they, with God’s help and wisdom, avoid the foolishness as they live in God’s righteousness. They enjoy the results of their work, they walk with other people of wisdom, good is repaid them and they leave a benefit for their grandchildren. When we see it laid out like this, we wonder how anyone follows Satan lies. Thank God for His desire to open our eyes to His truth and to Satan’s deceptions. May we not be drawn away of our own lusts and enticed, lured away from truth to embrace the lustful desires of this life. But may we ever see and know the wisdom of God and follow His blessed wisdom.

Yesterday, we had thirty children from the Mama Sayang Orphanage south of Jakarta in Cileungsi. The children sang beautifully and showed how secure they are in the orphanage they live in. The director, Mike, and his wife were here and told how God has led them into this work and enabled them now to have cared for over a thousand children. We, JIBC, looks forward to how we might become a partner in the support of this orphanage and become volunteers to genuinely help what they are doing.

Over thirty of our membership met after the service to discuss the starting of an afternoon service reaching out to the national Indonesians around us. This service would be in Bahasa Indonesian. Pray with us for us to know God’s leading in the starting of this service in the months to come.

We do thank God for our service here yesterday. Many people gathered to rejoice in the Lord, fellowship together, and gather around God’s word. Let us meditate this week on what it means to abide in God and for God to abide in us. God’s abiding in us is so much different from the Old Testament visitations by God to His people. When God abides in us and we abide in God everything about our life changes.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

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