I wasn’t sure what I wanted to read this morning. Where I needed to land in His Word this morning. So, I did the traditional silly thing and decided to just read Proverbs 29, because today is the 29th.
I always forget how much I love Proverbs, then I read it and say to myself… “ohhhhhh.” That being said, the theme of Proverbs 29 is governmental leadership, scorners and anger. I don’t know how to describe it other than God had Baltimore in His heart when He declared Proverbs 29. At least that’s how it seemed to me this morning as I read.
And then this gem showed up right smack in the middle of Proverbs 29:13…
“The poor and the oppressor have this in common; the LORD gives light to the eyes of both.“
And it just kind of struck me right then and there.
I’ve seen buckets and buckets of posts lately on politics, and Baltimore, and the end of the world, and blah blah. Believers are trumpeting on behalf of justice and righteousness and holiness and all these crazy good things, but it almost seems than in posting in the manner which they are, they have turned away from demonstrating the Man, Jesus Christ.
See, as believers, we can get so caught up trumpeting all those other good things, that we forget to trumpet Jesus Christ and who He is. And y’all, He is love. He is patient, kind. He rejoices with truth. He is quick to forget our transgressions and doesn’t even take it into account. He is not provoked. He is unfailing and not arrogant.
The moment justice or holiness or righteousness becomes the focus of our attention or our words, we have joined enemy camp and lost focus. Love is the goal. Introducing the world to love is the goal because God is love. And perfect love will transform the world to walk in justice, holiness, righteousness. It isn’t about the action and appearance of justice, holiness and righteousness. It is about an encounter with a too-good-to-be-true love that sets the heart ablaze and transforms it to be everything the Kingdom of God is. Just, Holy, Righteous and filled with every good and perfect thing.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t trumpet these things y’all. I’m just saying that in every statement and post, we should be dripping with the love of God. Because, at the end of the day, He gives light to the eyes of both the poor man and the oppressor. He delights giving mercy to the scorners in Baltimore setting their city aflame and the oppressed in the city who fear for their life. Both are His and He will give light to both if He chooses.
He is love afterall.