Drinking Deeply

Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 1:33 PM

Proverbs 1:Wisdom's Call(7)

Why is it so stupid to seek after dishonest gain?
18but these men lie in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives.
19Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors.
Verse 18 tells us that it’s stupid because these men are merely setting a trap for themselves. Though they may be plotting the murder of someone else, planning for how to spend their gain, they are actually planning their own death, their own murder. Is that because they’re going to fall into their own trap and somehow commit suicide? Not exactly, but the truth of the matter is that it is the Lord who watches over the innocent, the widow, the fatherless, the lost. Those that seek the blood of innocents are actually planning a trap not only against the innocent, but acting against God. As Psalm 146 states:
9The LORD watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
Though the wicked will get away with a robbery or two, or maybe an entire lifetime of robbery and unjust dealings, we do have that final promise. Galatians 6 tells us that
7Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
So we can go back to our original point. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Do we fear the Lord? Do we see the day coming when the world will be judged? Or are we casual about our actions, thinking that we won’t be held accountable for them. When we steal, whatever we steal, be it a meal, music, a bank, time, though we may not be held accountable for it on this earth, the Lord God watches.

We’ve messed up and we all can and must confess that. We do not work as we ought. We steal from our employers. For the sake of convenience, for the sake of laziness, for the sake of covetousness, we seek after unjust gain.

Don’t be deceived. The wicked will get their due. We will get our due. If we do not cast our lives upon the cross, confessing that our works are but rags and rest in Christ and Christ alone’s completed work in life, death, and resurrection, we will certainly get our due. It is at the foot of the cross that there is hope.

My son – do not listen to sinners. Do not be deceived. Though it may look as if it’s all gain and no loss, there are consequences waiting. When you set that trap, when you seek your gain, you are setting a trap for yourself and seeking your own loss. Flee from sin and follow wisdom!

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