PROVERBIAL APRIL, Proverbs 25
Mankind has been searching for answers since the very beginning. Finding food, new ways to prepare food, fire ; its destructive and helpful powers, finding shelter, building shelter, strength in family, benefits in community, problems in community, good leaders, bad leaders, allies, enemies….
All throughout history, we have been growing in knowledge, looking for answers, finding solutions, learning to survive hard times, learning to get along, learning how to defend ourselves from those we don’t get along with.
A few have not been satisfied with the physical quests to make life better and have sensed an emptiness gnawing inside.
A light of understanding has been switched on, and a still, small voice begins to lead these few into a search for this invisible, powerful, creator.
“Come to me, and I will give you rest for your soul,” he says. “Go out into the whole world and teach others to look for me and become followers of me. Love your enemies. Pray for those who despise and mistreat you. They will hate you because they hated me first. And I am now occupying you. There is no greater love than one lay down his life for his friends. If you abide in my love, you will display my love.”
It was a new kind of warfare, a battle against an invisible enemy of our invisible king.
Human weapons weren’t sufficient to win this war.
One had to rely on the strength of his king, the instructions of his king.
The weapons of his king, the invisible ones; love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self control.
It wouldn’t be a quick war. It would last through the ages.
Nations wouldn’t be won.
It would be individual victories, one person at a time, who would see the light in the creator’s people, hear that still, small voice of the creator, and seek that rest promised if they would only come to him.
“It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.
Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel;
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.”
Proverbs 25:2, 4, 28 ESV