It is not good to have zeal without knowledge. Proverbs 19:2

As we continue to go to Psalms and Proverbs for our mid-week messages, we come to Proverbs 19.   It begins:

“Better is a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.  It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.”
Proverbs 19: 1-2
We usually consider someone poor when they do not have ‘things’.  But is that really true?  My Dad was a Sharecropper. When he was younger,  he worked the land he rented, and gave half of the price of the crops to the land owner.  Later he obtained some equipment, and that moved him to a Sharecropper who gave 25% to the land owner.  We did not have many ‘things’, but we always had good food to eat, and a place to stay, and clothes to wear.  We really did not know we were ‘poor’ when we were kids because we had a happy home.  Mom and Dad worked hard but they always showed us love and encouragement.  They lived a life of honesty, and just doing things that were right. There was never any other way considered than the right way.  I do not recall ever hearing anything perverse  – (that it is “deviating from what is considered right or good” according to Webster) – and I shall forever be grateful for the models they lived before us.  They were not blameless but they never let the lack of ‘things’ be a factor in decision making.  They were rich in doing what is right.
Jesus would have been considered just a poor Carpenter as a man.  But He was blameless. He changed the world.  He taught that life is to be lived in love – not ‘things’.  He said “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20)  In other words, “I do not have a house here on earth to call my own”.  But He was not about things.  He was not about who was rich or poor.  He had a Mission.  He had a Message. (As each of us do.)
 He brought and lived the message from our Father.  The message that He loves each one of us divinely, and completely, with unmerited favor and mercy.  He brought us knowledge that can and will change a life when it is believed and received.  When it was all said and done, Jesus may have been poor on earth, but that was not the end of the story.  He did in fact die on a cross for each of us.  He gave us perfect health, and set us free from the bondage of sin at that cross if we will believe in Him, and these truths.  He now sits in the highest place at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest to intercede for us.  He is our Great Shepherd, our Great Provider, our Great Protector – our Brother – our Friend.  He is constantly working for our good. And the story of love goes on.
There are people who will say, or do, anything that will bring them money and power.  They will foolishly compromise what is right, and bend the rules zealously and perversely, if necessary, to have ‘things’.  They miss the Way.
There is nothing wrong with having ‘things’.  They can be blessings that can bring much happiness and joy to those who have them, and to those in other circles that are helped by them as they are shared. I pray that all of God’s children prosper in health and in all things – body, soul, and spirit- as we are led by The Holy Spirit.  May we be blessed in all ways. But let us always remember to have zeal for the right Way.  The Lord said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all things we have need of will be given.”  Matt. 6:32-33.  This is knowledge.  This is wisdom.  This is the right way.  Let us have zeal for it.
We are God’s Beloved Children.  He loves us unconditionally.  Let us love each other in the same way.  Rich or poor, sick or well, black or white, brown or yellow, beautiful or ugly – unconditionally.  We can all love like that regardless of our ‘things’.
Blessings and love to you, and yours, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus.  May you be encouraged, strengthened, and comforted by the truth of The Word.
Poppa B
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, On Line


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