The work of God is an unstoppable force with incomparable contrast. However, it is clear in the second story Jesus tells in Mark (4 verse 21) that there is an expectation that the most growth will come when we keep Jesus front and centre in every area of our life.
The Bible and the message contained within could be described as a lion roaring. Who could defend it and who could deny its power. Its primary purpose is to reveal Christ so that to those who accept him he becomes more valuable and more personal. Jesus described our hearts as a treasury and the Word of God is the best kind of deposit we can make in the same. As we come to the end of 2017 it is a good question to ask – what is the bank balance of your heart? And how can we increase the value of the deposits in 2018?
Galatians 5:24-26. We are called not to pull others away from God but to push them towards Him. To get out of their way of their contribution, their worship and their gifts. To be interested in them and to serve them.
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine. Rulers should not crave alcohol. For if they drink, they may forget the law and not give justice to the oppressed. Proverbs 31v4-5 (NLT)
Aside from having to watch The Lion King film too many times when my kids were young, I actually rather enjoyed it.
One of the most moving scenes is where Rafiki, the wise Baboon, walks Simba, the foolish Lion cub, to a watering hole and encourages him to study the reflection in the water.
Rafiki says the reflection shows Simba’s father (the late King) but all Simba sees is himself. Rafiki makes Simba look harder and then Simba sees the image of his father. Rafiki says “You see? He lives in you”. Then Simba hears his father’s voice saying “Simba, you have forgotten me… You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself Simba. You are more than what you have become”.
Being wise, focused and responsible like a king is not meant to be an optional extra. It is who we are meant to be. We are our Father’s children and must seek to remember that and respond to that. We are not meant to surrender our responsibility and duties for the “fleeting pleasures” or “tough times” in Egypt.
As I conclude my 31 day journey into Proverbs I am reminded to start again. Every day, every month and every year… because only by wisdom can I do what I have been born to do, and foolishness will harm me and hurt others. None more so than the Father who made me.
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. Proverbs 31v4-5 (ESV)