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The lot was almost always used in ceremonial settings and was the common method for determining God’s will.  Several important events occurred by lot, including the identification of Achan as the man who had sinned (Joshua 7:14), the division of the promised land among the tribes (Joshua 14:2), and the selection of the first king for the nation (1 Samuel 10:16-26)

Self-control is superior to conquest.  Success in business, school, or home life can be ruined by a person who has lost control of his or her temper.  So, it is a great personal victory to control your temper.  When you feel yourself ready to explode, remember that losing control may cause you to forfeit what you want the most.  

Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

You see, not only are we to be slow to anger, but we are to put anger away from us. The spirit must rule over the body. The spirit ruled by the Lord has eternal life to look forward to.

This scripture is saying that he that is righteous is better than one who is mighty but not necessarily wise. The mighty can overtake and destroy a city or an army, but he that rules his spirit is mightier than he.

This calls for respecting elders.

We see the man with gray hair has lived this life and getting ready for his reward in heaven. Getting old is a blessing and a reward of a clean wholesome life. To me the hoary head is saying “you have run the race well, and you are on the last lap now”.

This calls for respecting elders.

We see the man with gray hair has lived this life and getting ready for his reward in heaven. Getting old is a blessing and a reward of a clean wholesome life. To me the hoary head is saying “you have run the race well, and you are on the last lap now”.

We are still talking of this evil man of verse twenty-nine. This is saying: keep your eyes wide open, do not fall for his sales pitch. Moving his lips means he talks you into bringing the evil thing to pass

This “scoundrel” literally plots evil for his neighbor and his speech is incendiary.

This, if done by a woman, would be called malicious gossip. The evil this man is telling burns and destroys those he is talking about. He is a false witness, stirring up strife with just an evil tongue.

Most people work to buy food for their table. If a person gets hungry enough, some of the people who do not like to work will go to work just to eat. Hunger makes us work to satisfy that hunger.

This is just saying, Labor is hard and often grievous, but necessary, even for the lazy.

 One of the most dangerous things a man can do is try to do whatever feels good to him. This is the call of the flesh. The flesh life is a life of sin and destruction.

Both the narrow gate and the wide gate are assumed to provide the entrance to God’s kingdom. Two ways are offered to people. The narrow gate is by faith, only through Christ, constricted and precise. It represents true salvation in God’s way that lead to life eternal. The wide gate includes all religions of works and self-righteousness, with no single way, but it leads to hell, not heaven.

Under Gods Command
Proverbs 16:20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trust in the LORD.

You face decisions and dilemmas daily. Only two things are needed for success – wisdom and faith. Wisdom, the power of right judgment, will help you answer and solve each one justly and prudently. Every time you do this, natural and spiritual blessings will follow. Faith, which is belief and confidence in God, will protect and prosper you further, as you honor Him by truth and righteousness over self-preservation and self-promotion.

Success and happiness are easy. They are offered here. How are they obtained? By godly wisdom in decisions and faith in the God of wisdom (Pr 3:5-6; Josh 1:8; I Tim 6:6; I Pet 3:10-12)! Dealing with life’s perplexities by faith in God’s word and providence, you secure the favor of others, the peace and prosperity of prudent choices, and the blessing of God. What rewards! You need to get wisdom and faith and use them today!

Most men face decisions and dilemmas with selfish motives that pervert their judgment and cause them to make poor choices. Rather than trust God to bless a wise and righteous solution, they try to protect and prosper themselves by bending justice and equity. Does this compromise work? Never! It will come home to roost in the disapproval of others, consequences of selfish choices, and punishment from God. Such men are going down!

Where is wisdom found to handle matters prudently and obtain favor of God and men? In the Christian scriptures, the inspired word of God (Ps 19:7-11; 119:130; II Tim 3:15-17)! And much practical wisdom is here in the book of Proverbs (Pr 1:1-7; 2:1-9; 30:5-6). If you will immerse yourself in the word of God, you will accumulate true wisdom to deal with life’s difficulties, and you will accrue great blessings and joy to yourself.

David had great wisdom and favor with the people (I Sam 18:5,14-16,30). How? He valued the Bible highly (Ps 1:1-3; 19:7-11; 119:1-176). It taught him how to deal with Saul’s efforts to kill him, the sedition of his sons, the uniting of a divided nation, and the death of his child? Why did he heed Abigail’s correction? Nathan’s denial? Nathan’s rebuke? He could have acted selfishly many times, but he did not. He trusted God fully.

Joseph and Daniel, foreign captives in the courts of the greatest nations at the time, made choices according to God’s word. Joseph resisted the advances of a beautiful woman and was falsely convicted of attempted rape, but he basked in his pure conscience, the favor of his captors, and God took him to the top of Egypt. Daniel resisted Nebuchadnezzar’s pagan diet and Darius’s religious decree to the peace of his soul, the respect of his captors, and God took him to the top of Babylon and Persia. Grasp the lesson!

God’s inspired wisdom in Scripture brings success and happiness. It has the infallible criterion for a wife (Pr 31:30), the way to pacify anger (Pr 15:1), a secret about generosity (Pr 11:24-25), a warning about scams (Pr 12:11; 13:11), managerial wisdom (Pr 29:21), the danger of cosigning (Pr 6:1-5), the value of savings (Pr 6:6-8), the wisdom of capitalism (Pr 14:4), child training rules (Pr 29:15), and the danger of alcohol (Pr 20:1).

Consider more about the book of Proverbs. It has warnings about whorish women (Pr 6:25), the value of hard work (Pr 22:29), the terrible curse of pride (Pr 16:18), the priorities of life (Pr 15:16; 17:1), the nature of true friendship (Pr 17:17; 27:5-6), the remedy for adultery (Pr 5:19), the value of counselors (Pr 15:22), the evil of sedition (Pr 20:2; 24:21-22), the danger of despising parents (Pr 20:20; 30:17), the value of alcohol (Pr 31:6-7), the wisdom of human society (Pr 30:27), and the care of the poor (Pr 19:17).

The lesson is two-fold. Do not distort the proverb and lose its value by missing either side. Do you apply Bible wisdom diligently, and then do you trust the blessed God of heaven for success? God expects you to use the wisdom He has given – for anything less is tempting Him; but no amount of sagacity or prudence alone will handle all matters – you must have God’s supernatural favor and blessing (Ps 127:1-2; Matt 4:5-7).

A wise man distrusts his motives and doubts his abilities, so he depends on God’s blessing more than his own efforts. He knows he can do nothing without divine assistance, so he casts himself on God’s mercy and promises after choosing a wise course of action. And it is this combination that is true wisdom. Grasp it, and remember it!

Jacob wisely divided his company into two bands and sent generous gifts before meeting Esau, but he wrestled with God all night for success (Gen 32:3-32). David sent Hushai to divert Absalom from Ahithophel’s wisdom, but he begged and trusted God for his success (II Sam 15:31-34). Esther held a double banquet for her husband, the king of Persia, but only after fasting three days and nights for its success (Esther 4:15-17; 5:1-6).

If wisdom is found in Scripture, where is faith found? In the same place! “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom 10:17). Regular reading of God’s dealings with and deliverances of His people will build faith in His providence (Ps 40:4-5; 46:1-11; 77:11-20; 78:1-8; 107:1-43; 111:1-10; 145:1-21; Rom 15:4).

How do you handle life’s dilemmas? By emotion? By instinct? By habit? By fear? By the example of parents? By looking out for yourself? By peer pressure? By popular opinion? By current trends? By pragmatic considerations? These bases for decisions and actions will fail. You missed the lesson of the proverb, and you will miss the success and happiness that wisdom and faith could give you. Thank God, and believe Solomon here.

Wise men learn God’s word and apply it faithfully. They never fear valuing truth and righteousness over self-preservation and self-promotion. They know God’s laws include natural success, bring spiritual happiness, and secure God’s blessing and protection. They never handle a matter any other way than what Scripture indicates, and in this confidence they trust a faithful God for a full reward (Psalm 119:22,94,117,166,173; Heb 11:6).

Under Gods Command

Proverbs 16:11 Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.

Should a Quarter Pounder weigh four ounces? Should a gallon of milk contain 128 fluid ounces? How about a gallon of gasoline? Do your answers change based on whether you are buying or selling? The great God of heaven expects total honesty in all transactions.

Should the medicine you receive at a hospital or drugstore be 100%, or 99%, pure? Could it make a difference? How about settings and accuracy of diagnostic equipment? Do you want your father to have a perfect MRI? How about someone else’s father?

Should the survey pins of your property boundaries be accurate to centimeters, inches, feet, or yards? Do you want your house’s assessed value close to market value or very close? Does your answer change if your assessment is higher or lower than real value?

Do you feel strongly about these questions? Who says that measurements are important? And who is going to do anything about it, if measurements are not made properly? Should you be able fudge your business transactions a little if no one gets hurt badly?

More than $7 trillion worth of economic transactions take place in the United States each year based on measuring devices. Just a 1% error could amount to over $70 billion, greater than the annual budget of many nations. Small errors add up to big consequences.

A typical convenience store sells 100,000 gallons of gasoline a month. If the owner adjusts his pumps to 127 fluid ounces per gallon, which you could not detect even with measuring cups, he could pocket an extra $20,000 per year. Who would know?

The LORD JEHOVAH knows. He ordained just weights and measurements; He commands them; and He enforces them (Lev 19:35-36; Deut 25:13-15; Ezek 45:10). One of Israel’s sins before being destroyed as a nation was deceitful merchant practices with false balances and weights (Hosea 12:7; Amos 8:5; Micah 6:11). Beware, reader!

God will judge those nations or men who alter weights or measures for gain, because that is an abomination to Him; but He delights in their right use (Pr 11:1; 20:10,23). Honesty and accuracy in economic transactions did not originate with man; they are from God. The laws of the nation of Israel in 1500 B.C. were the envy of the world (Deut 4:5-9).

Compliance with this ordinance leads to economic prosperity, as it has in America. When was the last time you measured your Quarter Pounder, milk, gasoline, medication, or survey pins? Economic trade is allowed to move at full speed with full confidence: not because Americans are intelligent, but because America follows God’s ordinance, whether they individually think about it or not. God’s laws work even for the ignorant.

Before modern scales, sellers provided a balance and weights (buyers did not want to carry weights everywhere, and who would trust theirs anyway). The extra weights were kept in a bag. Stealing was done two ways: the balance and/or the weights were altered. A wicked seller could sell 15 ounces as a pound or 35 inches as a yard to pad his profits.

This proverb helps define the eighth commandment, Thou shalt not steal (Ex 20:15). Since some will fudge transactions to steal from others, the LORD condemns them all in order to establish property rights, economic confidence, and professional integrity. Is your resume true, and do you answer interview questions with perfect honesty, for misrepresenting yourself is attempting to steal a position and salary you do not deserve?

Though the U.S. has an Office of Weights and Measures, under the authority of the Commerce Department, which regularly inspects public measuring devices, there is yet room to cheat by those who do not fear the Lord. You should be thankful for this governmental authority and its protection, but you must apply this proverb to yourself.

Dear reader, do you steal on the job by purloining, pilfering, or small thefts (Tit 2:10)?  Do you coast through jobs, cut corners from job specs, stretch breaks, or pad the time card? Do you pace yourself and make jobs take longer than they should? Should a windshield be installed perfectly, or almost perfectly? Should a sandwich be made according to the company’s precise menu specifications? Or is close good enough?

When buying things, the LORD condemns pointing out faults and then boasting to others you got a great deal (Pr 20:14). For you are using a false balance – to the seller the item was overpriced, and to your friends it was under priced. This is an offence to the Judge of all the earth. Men will even say, “I got a steal!” This is true, for they are truly thieves!

Do you always pay a fair price? When you detect an error in a transaction, do you point it out, even if it costs you more? Do you return extra change from a transaction? You will never get ahead being stingy or tight in your financial dealings (Pr 11:24-26; 19:17; 28:8). This is a mark of profane men and why the poor get poorer and the rich get richer.

How do you treat widows (Ex 22:22)? Do you pay their asking prices? Would you pay her more, if she were below market? Would you give a child without a parent a better deal? Consider well, dear reader. The LORD is watching (Deut 10:18; Psalm 68:5).

How did God punish stealing? Restore the stolen amount seven times (Pr 6:31), and if you could not afford that, you were sold into slavery (Ex 22:3). Simple, proper, perfect!

What if others take advantage of you in minor ways? Jesus taught to let the matter go in the pursuit of peace (Matt 5:38-48). Paul taught that it was better to be defrauded in small things than to bring up a conflict or trial in the church for it (I Cor 6:6-8).

How should a Christian conduct himself in this world? Always exceed the expectations of those trusting you, on both the selling and buying sides and in all other economic transactions and professional relationships. You will always come out ahead, for promotion comes from the Lord (Ps 75:6-7). You will grow in favor with God and men.

Even in the New Testament this commitment to accuracy, honesty, and integrity is exalted, as Paul commanded and illustrated (Rom 12:17; II Cor 8:20-21). Accurate, honest, and liberal conduct is living testimony of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and will cause others to ask a reason of your hope (Matt 5:16; I Pet 2:12; 3:15).