5 A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who speaks lies will not escape.
8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
He who keeps understanding will find good.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who speaks lies shall perish.
As we have seen, the book of Proverbs is a book of contrasts. Here in chapter 19 we find the same statement in verse 5 and in verse 9 with a statement about loving wisdom and keeping understanding between them. Do you read or watch the news and wonder who is telling the truth? It bugs me so much to hear two sides of the same story, both spoken with the conviction of truth, but both of them on complete opposite ends of the spectrum. Is one lying, are both lying, who is telling the truth? Does truth begin with one’s political position or does truth stand all by itself?
Twice we find stated that a false witness, one who speaks lies, will not go unpunished. In other words, at some point, the truth will be known, and the liar will face the consequences of their lies. Furthermore, those who speak lies will perish, that is, they will die and will come to nothing; their reputation as a liar will cause them to be forgotten, they will perish.
At times, we just need to sit back and let the Lord reveal the truth. We tend to jump on to the bandwagon that we think is the truth, but we need to wait to see where the truth is. In the getting of wisdom, we love our own soul; in keeping understanding we will find good. Instead of following the loudest voice or the most convincing argument, let’s seek God’s wisdom and God’s understanding. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. God is truth. Since He knows the truth from the lie, we can find the truth when we seek God’s wisdom and His perfect understanding.
We began a mission’s emphasis month on Sunday. Our church supports seven missionaries/mission agencies in Indonesia. We heard from a woman on Sunday who has served in Indonesia for 50 years. May all of us be so faithful. We are praying that the people of JIBC will gain a greater understanding and burden to both give and go.
This morning, Stefani and Zani and I went early to a traditional market. It was a lot of fun to buy vegetables and fruits, some of them I had not seen before and bought them just to try them.
Have a great day in the Lord,