This is the Wednesday night sermon for Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008.
EVERYDAY WISDOM PART 9
Benefits to having right standing with God.
We are continuing our series in the book of Proverbs, “Everyday Wisdom.”
I have right standing with God. That is an amazing thing to say and sometimes it can be quite difficult. How did I ever obtain this position? It wasn’t works of righteousness on my account because I’m not a righteous person by nature. It is not because I was born into a family of preachers. I have right standing with God because Jesus purchased it for me, the Father, out of love drew me to Christ, and the Holy Spirit convicted me of my sin. I now life my life trusting in the finished work of Christ. It was all about what He has done for me, not what I have done for Him. But with His imputed righteousness, I have received benefits.
Have you ever thought about what it means to have right standing with God? Is it about what you do for Him, or is it about what He has done for you? Well, if you study the New Testament, you see it is Christ that has done the work to make us righteous through His shed blood. We trust in His sacrifice for our sins. We are made new creatures by the Holy Spirit.
While being declared righteous through Christ is the ultimate benefit, we also receive other benefits as well.
Let’s explain Proverbs 10 a little bit. This is the second portion of the proverbs of Solomon. These were the ones that were added to the book sometime after his death. These go from Proverbs 10-22:16. Whereas in the first 10 chapters the proverbs were long sayings written to his sons, these are a collection of short sayings of contrast that Solomon taught to the people. These primarily deal with right and wrong choices.
We cannot cover completely everything that Solomon wrote, nor are we even going to deal with the comparisons. We are going to look at the benefits of walking right with God, especially in light of the cross of Christ.
1. Wise children bring delight to their parents.
Proverbs 10:1a ESV – A wise son makes a glad father…
True Godly wisdom does not necessarily come with age. It comes from walking with Christ and having Him direct your path. When children receive wisdom from the Lord by becoming Christ-followers and beginning to be obedient to His word, this delights Christian parents. Children like these do no become burdens.
This is why it is so important to share your faith with your children. Always encourage them to follow Christ, be open to help them and pray for them in every way. Encourage them to seek some other believers their own age that can help and support them in their walk with the Lord.
2. Wise people will be preserved during times of hunger.
Proverbs 10:3a ESV – The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry…
This doesn’t mean that during difficult times that the righteous won’t experience some difficulties. This means that God will be our source of supply during those difficulties. He will preserve us and care for us.
David spoke this truth at the end of his life.
Psalm 37:25 ESV – I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.
Let’s look at what Jesus had to say about this subject.
Luke 12:29-32 ISV – 29 Stop concerning yourselves about what you will eat or what you will drink, and stop being distressed. 30 For it is the Gentiles who are concerned about all these things. Surely your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, be concerned about His kingdom, and these things will be provided for you as well. 32 Stop being afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.
3. Wise people will walk in security.
Proverbs 10:9a ESV – Whoever walks in integrity walks securely…
When God saves us, He gives us a desire to be obedient to Him. As we study His word, we long to obey what it says. In this obedience comes this security. This security means that we cannot be snatched out of God’s hands.
John 10:27-29 ESV – 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
He doesn’t let us slip through His fingers, but He holds onto us tightly.
There is so much more that we could study, but we are going to stop right there.
The young do not have to wait until adulthood before they can become wise in God. They can begin this walk at a young age, and when they do, they will please their parents. During hard times, trust in the Lord, He promises that you will not go hungry. You may not get your desires and wants, but you will get what He promises you need. And finally, know that your security is in Him, not in the situations we go through.
I believe that hard times can be some of the best times to witness for Christ. It can show a world that is panicking that our trust is not in the economy or the government, but it is in the one true God, with whom through Christ we have a relationship with. What would happen in our community if they saw a group of believers living and acting differently during difficult times? They may possibly come and ask us what is so different. Let’s trust God, no matter what life may throw our way.