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The remaining Proverbs we will be reading were written by Solomon but collected by Hezekiah. Hezekiah was one of the few Kings in Judah that honored the Lord (in contrast his father, Ahaz, was not one of the good kings and NAILED the Temple doors shut.) These Proverbs are written toward the Leaders and Kings. We today are the leaders. Jesus used Proverbs 25:6-7 as a parable in Luke 14:7-11.
Proverbs 25 — It touched on some “hot” topics that we would be wise to use such as: humility, confidentiality, the power of the words we use, maintaining balance, honesty, compassion and empathy, dealing with our enemies. Verse 4 spoke about removing the dross. Merriam Webster defines DROSS as: “1-the scum that forms on the surface of molten metal; 2- waste or foreign matter : impurity; 3- something that is base, trivial, or inferior.” Once the dross is removed from the silver, what remains is beautiful and is what the silversmith works with for his design. The Lord is the Silversmith. We are his Silver. In order for him to mold us and make us shine, in order for Him to make us beautiful to the owner (Him) first the dross needs to be removed. From reading I have done and in speaking to people who work with silver, and other metals, it takes a very high heat to pull the dross out. Years ago, I remember reading someone asking a silversmith how he knew when the silver was at its purest. His response in the story was “when I can see myself in the silver.” However, did you catch that it takes VERY HIGH heat to get the dross, the impurities out….. so God can see HIMself in us. So if you decide to live a life more according the Lord, you need to clean it up inside and out. When HE can see HIMself in US, then others can see HIM in US!!! YEP.. I KNOW… AMAZING–eh?? THEN HE can make you His Gem. A Gem in the crown of THE King. Flawless!
Proverbs 26 — WHEE DOGGIES!!!! I’d say these verses were VERY straightforward. It certainly had a LOT to say about FOOLS and LAZINESS. The first definition of a FOOL according to Merriam Webster is “a person lacking in judgment or prudence.” I am only using that definition because I believe that is exactly who is being spoken of in these verses. It is also important to remember that we are not the judge and jury to decide who is a fool. God gives us wisdom to recognize situations and people where we need to choose not to be involved with certain people (don’t bring them home, don’t marry them, don’t live with them, etc.) As we read this Proverb we might think of certain people in our lives… I know… I see those names flashing through your mind (some flew through mine)<<<smile>>>>!!! However, the important thing is that we need to always read them and think “Is that how the Lord sees ME today?” I KNOW>>>OUCH!!! Definitely soul searching or maybe I should say Spirit searching!! Folly, Gossip, Pride, Malice, Drunkard, Fool, Sluggard (Lazy)…are we SURE none of these were us today? Did you notice how important our words are…..when we speak the wrong words we can’t take them back or undo them. Of course we can always ask for forgiveness and our loving, gracious, merciful Father will forgive us. However, I am sure we can all think of times when someone said something to us that was very hurtful. We have forgiven them and yet there are moments when those words sting our heart. God wants HIS Word to be on our hearts….written on our hearts….so that out of our mouth flows the overflow of our hearts. And HIS Words are good Words…even in hard times.
Interestingly, the fact that we grow older in years does not mean we become more mature and age alone is definitely NOT a sign that we have allowed God to REFINE us (removing the DROSS.) Sometimes God simply puts us in situations where we are forced to let go of things, and pray through the heat of change. Other times, God expects us to simply obey HIM over and over and over again….especially when we don’t see the results…and feel as if we are in the fire much hotter than we can tolerate ….we must remember that HE IS WORKING in us and through us…..HE is removing the dross. In these times, I’ve learned I really have to CHOOSE to BELIEVE HIS WORD, READ HIS Word, SPEAK HIS Word, be in fellowship with other believers, worship HIM, PRAY through the situation, LISTEN to HIS still small voice, SERVE HIM through our tithes and gifts and through our actions, listen to and sing praise songs, and anything else I can do to obey and follow HIM. There are days when I can ONLY hang on to HIM while the wind is blowing so hard that my rope appears to be down to one lonely string. YET HE IS THERE.
I’d love to hear how The Lord spoke to you today, or what touched you.
Sharing HIS love,