Does God want to make sure you aren’t too happy with His blessings?
This next proverb deals with this.
The issue that can come out of receiving much from the LORD* is that we can fail to be properly thankful to Him. Does that mean that God will inflict us with suffering and pain to get us praising Him again? Certainly not. God uses suffering at certain points in a Christian’s life, but not to keep us sober in His gift-giving.
We certainly need to repent if we are not thankful, but we have a gracious God who love to abundantly give good gifts to His children.
He even blesses all men with life and wealth.
He wants us to enjoy the gift, and not just after be brought low with a burden of sorrow. An earthly father would do no less. How much more our Heavenly Father!
*Our translation from Hebrew for the divine name, “YHWH”.
How sad and true for our time is this proverb! Vandalism, hoon driving, deceiving a boss, cheating at cards, and tricking a sibling out of sweets can all be ways a person can do evil for sport. It may seem a clever thing to do, but doing evil for fun is not smart, nor wise, nor does it prove that you are the best. It shows your foolishness. It shows that you misunderstand sin to be harmless in your hands, when it can destroy you. If you have friends like this, distance yourself from them. Don’t get involved in their games. Don’t even hang out with them. Choose to seek wisdom instead and live out a life of discernment. Understand this: God is not fooled by the rush of adrenalin you get from living on the edge of His law. It’s His law that you are playing with. Yes, even hoon driving is a moral issue, since you are being dangerous around others. While I am not aware of anyone I know who drives recklessly, the point remains: on all accounts avoid evil. Amen.
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Note: All scripture is taken from Biblestudytools.com and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.