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The Sluggard Is Wiser in His Own Eyes

November 24, 2018

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The Sluggard Is Wiser in His Own Eyes

Proverbs 26:16

The sluggard is wiser  in his own eyes   
Than seven men  who can give  a discreet answer.

One of the conundrums  in this world  is how spiritually lazy and unbelieving people have an artful way  of trying  to rule over those  who are wanting to follow  the truths of God,  while they themselves  lay back  and watch the proceedings.     They make out  like they know more  than anyone else  about everything there is to know  in this world — even though they have  no honest understanding  of right and wrong.

It doesn’t seem  to faze them  that their advising and directing  will obviously result  in painfully disastrous consequences.     Neither does it bother them  that there are “seven men   who can  give a discreet answer.”     There are knowledgeable,  hard-working people  of faith  who are plainly able  to give advice  that is much more reasonable,  prudent,  godly,  and wise.

In spite of the practicality and expertise  of the “seven men  who can  give a discreet answer,”   the sluggard will still boldly proclaim  his pretentious wisdom  and claim authority  in all areas of life  —  ethically,  religiously,  in administration,  in shrewdness,  in learnedness,  and even in prudence.     The sluggards  are so bold  in proclaiming their knowledge and wisdom,   that some might be tempted  to imagine  that maybe they do have some advice  that should be considered.

That’s why Solomon wants us  to always  step back a bit  and consider our whole situation.     Solomon shows how it is  in our best interest  to weigh the life style of  “advisors”  with their actual accomplishments and personal attributes  —  as they would stand  in God’s eyes.      Does their life honestly show  that they are godly  in all their ways?     Do they honestly care  about the truths  of the one and only LORD and God,  who has already proven His power,  trustworthiness,  and authority  in all of creation  and our salvation?     Are they notable  for being diligent  in their study God’s word,  wise in all their decisions,  desirous of living  in the truth,  and totally without guile?

Since this world  is rapidly “getting smaller”  with all the technology available to us — plane travel,  international phone systems,  satellite TV  and computer systems,  where all sorts of ideas,  religions,  philosophies, etc. are available to us instantly  —  now more than ever,  it is vital  that we always be aware  of what is influencing  our faith and decisions  in life.

More than ever,  those who are sluggards  in the actual truths  of God’s ways  will be  boldly trying  to influence us  to dismiss the wisdom  of our Creator and Savior.     They don’t study or accept God’s word  so they will arrogantly claim   that the LORD  is not the only God  or the one true God.     They will claim  that their wisdom  in their philosophies,  religions,  ethics,  and life styles is superior  to the LORD’s ways.

With everything that tries  to influence and advise us  every day  these days,  we need  to constantly keep God’s standards foremost  in mind  as our guide.       Anymore,  it is just plain unwise  to listen  to the advice of the demanding sluggard,  who is  “wiser in his own eyes”  than anyone else.     A dominating stance  in life does not indicate  a true wisdom,  godliness,  honesty,  expertise,  or the prudence  that is so necessary  for our well-being.     A dominating spirit is nothing more  than just that — a dominating,  demanding spirit.     We need  to stay away.

Then,  in the peace and joy  of abiding  in our Lord and Savior,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for the goodness,  truthfulness,  purity,  wisdom,  and holiness found  throughout Your word.     Trusting Your wisdom  gives us the peace and stability  we need.”

Love,
Margaret

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