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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Increasing Life’s Joy: We Reap What We Sow #2: Proverbs 22:9-11

9) He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
10) Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
11) He that loveth pureness of heart, [for] the grace of his lips the king [shall be] his friend.

 

Solomon looks at another factor, that when understood, will increase our joy, we always reap what we sow in the following areas…

 

EXPOSITION:

 

9) He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

Showing kindness to others….
1.  Those who possess eyes of overflowing compassion will receive benefits from the Lord.
2.  Because he willfully supplies that which is needed to those in need.

When a person actively searches for ways to help others, will reap God’s favor.  This is because he is displaying the love, mercy and kindness of the Lord by supplying the needs of others.

 

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Blessed [is] he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.  The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; [and] he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.  The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.”   (Psalms 41:1-3)

 

 

10) Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.

Dealing with mockers…
1.  Permanently separate those who mock God and constant disagreeing will be put away.
2.  Judgment by others and personal shame will end.

By sternly driving out those who mock and scoff at the Lord and His Word will reap the extinguishment of the fires of quarreling, and will bring to an end disagreements and disgrace.

 

Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.”   (Psalms 101:5)

 

 

11) He that loveth pureness of heart, [for] the grace of his lips the king [shall be] his friend.

Loving pure desires….
1. He that gives of himself to gain clean desires and motives,
2. because his speech is kind and sincere, those who hold authority will be on his side, working with him as a companion or a fellow laborer.

A person who longs to be sincere,  sin-free and pleasing to God, will reap acceptance by those who are in authority.   A person whose desires to please God will possess many attributes that are honored by men (such as faithfulness, honesty, compassionate etc).

Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.  The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth [it is], that your God [is] a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.  Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise [men] of Babylon.  Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel [sat] in the gate of the king.”   (Daniel 2:46-49)

 

 

SUMMARY:

In summary, we have seen in the last two studies that we will reap what we sow in all areas of our lives… some of these include:

1.  Distorting the path God has given for us will reap many pains (thorns) and traps (snares).

2.  When a person leads a child in the ways of God, they will reap a mature child who is faithful to the Lord.

3.  When a person becomes indebted to another, they will reap we will reap obligation to and abuse from.

4.  Anyone who commits sin will reap worthless mischief.

5.  When a person actively searches for ways to help others, they will reap God’s favor.

6.  Sternly driving out those who mock and the Lord and His Word will put out the fires of quarreling.

7.  Those who long to be sincere,  sin-free and pleasing to God, will reap acceptance by those in authority.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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10 Comments

  1. Terry says:

    this was a great post and it taught me so much

  2. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this

  3. This post really hit home a point the LORD is teaching me. When I act with kindness and love, the LORD always repays me abundantly. I don’t do it to get the blessings, I get the blessings because I do it. Thank you! 🙂

  4. Every action brings a reaction. We see the truth of this when we follow our Lord’s direction and use sweet words when our natural response would be to hit back. If only we always sowed what we would like to reap! May we be always open to His leading!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      You are so right… but it is so difficult to do. When angered, our first response is to lash back at the cause of the anger. May the Lord help each one of us to stop and take as many deep breaths as necessary for us to seek His will and do what is pleasing to Him! Lord bless you Angela.

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