“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
‘Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.’
So we say with confidence,
‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?” – Hebrews 13:5-6
The connection between “the love of money” and the constant presence and help of God in the face of fear seems a little random at first. However, when we look a little deeper we see that in many cases these are very related.
“Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.” – Proverbs 4:23-27
The idea of guarding our heart from corrupting influences and fixing our gaze on the correct path are often closely linked. Jesus instructs us that our eyes are the gateway to our souls.
“How much better to get wisdom than gold,
to get insight rather than silver!” – Proverbs 16:16
This is true for a number of practical reasons.
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” – Proverbs 29:25
A snare is a trap. It entangles its victim and doesn’t allow it to move. Usually traps are made to be difficult to detect and trigger unexpectedly. They may also use some sort of bait that is appealing and will draw their quarry into the trap. Think about pits dug into the ground covered with branches or even mouse traps baited with cheese or peanut butter. You may not notice it easily or it might look good for a moment, but ultimately we end up stuck.
“Many seek an audience with a ruler,
but it is from the Lord that one gets justice.” – Proverbs 29:26
This is a topic that could quickly balloon into a large piece. I will try to keep it concise and to the point.
Justice–or the lack of it–has always been a “hot topic”, hence the reason scripture is filled with teaching about it, but at times it seems the flame burns even brighter depending on our circumstances or those around us.
Haughty eyes and a proud heart—the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin. – Proverbs 21:4
In this Proverb, pride and arrogance is compared to an “unplowed field” that produces sin. When I take the time to stop and think through the imagery of scripture, the truths sink deeper into my soul and my understanding grows as I am better able to see it fleshed out.