Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner. (Proverbs 11:31)
Our all-knowing God and Father wants everyone to know his position on our earthly doings. The Bible tells us that the word of God cannot be voided. What God has said, he has said! He will recompensed everyone in this world according to their relationship with Jesus Christ!
Some years ago, the Holy Ghost instructed me to go to Wales, United Kingdom (England). This was to participate in the dedication of a church in which I had been used of God to help bring into existence. What was different about this trip was that God's Spirit instructed me to buy only a one-way ticket. I thought how was I to get back home? Over 3000 miles is a long way to swim. After all the business of God was completed; it was time to go home. One problem, still no ticket. I had not yet been recompensed for my righteous obedience. A brother in the Lord, Derek Bennett, insisted to drive me to the airport. I had been ministering to him on this trip and he wanted to spend as much time with me as he could; hopefully, right up to my departure. So, I picked an airport and he was delighted to drive me there. Not knowing of my ticket dilemma, he couldn't have been happier.
Upon arrival at the airport, he insisted to come in with me, along with his two small children. He just kept talking away and asking questions about how does God do this and that. Well, I started to think, this is some kettle of fish; I still did not have a ticket. Derek asked me if I would mind watching his children while he went to the restroom. I had no place to go, so my reply was, "I wouldn't mind at all." After some time he returned carrying in his hand some papers. He looked right me and said, "I don't know why, but while I was away I felt compelled to buy you a ticket back to America." He added, "I hope you are not upset."
God bought me a ticket! Can you imagine that, God bought me that ticket! When all else seem to fail, Father God's word went forth. My righteous obedience was recompensed in the earth. I received more that day than just an airline ticket back to America.
There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord. (Proverbs 21:30)
Once again as I prepare to convey the thoughts given to me by God's Spirit; I think what if someone else were to write the pastor's desk? If someone else were asked today to convey a brief yet in-depth view of God's word; what would they write? Would it be coupled with the actual experiences of God's power? Would the life of the inspired word be clearly illuminated?
Some years ago, I was greatly challenged at a fellowship gathering. I had seen an event take place that could not go unheeded. As pastor' I rebuked a young man for his dastardly deed. Immediately, one of his parents was quick to come to his defense. The issues are not important. However, others were quick to join in the cause and soon it looked as though the church would be split. Satan does not care how he gets his work done or who he uses. The plan was for all these brethren to stand up the following Sunday morning service and disrupt the same. They would demand me to repent to this young man, his parents and the church. It was a long week of grief. Tears were poured out before the Lord. I thought how all this time was being stolen from my service to God, his people and the church. Finally Sunday morning, about one hour before service, I received a phone call from the parent who had come to the boys' aid, expressing that they had rethought their actions and were withdrawing their threats. Once again, I thought how they wasted a whole week of my service for God's ministry. Some years later, an event happened in this boys' life that truly expressed how Father God viewed this whole matter.
There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand. (Proverbs 19:21)
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. (Proverbs 4:18)
Here we have another proverb just chocked full of the breath of God's word. First, we are enlightened once again to the fact that it's the spirit of just man made perfect. (Hebrews 12:23) Not every lifestyle will do. Yet, I see a deeper expression in this proverb, light! Just think that in the hereafter, paradise, heaven, the kingdom of God; there will be no more night! (Revelation 22:5) No need for a flashlight or even the sun. Almighty God, Our Father, will be the light. Can you imagine that?
Some 35 years ago while travelingaround the country doing God's service, I met a young man named Todd. He was attracted to the way Jesus ministered through me; my lifestyle in general. He was seeing the light. Upon making a request to come and stay with me, I realized that he was seeking God's help. I agreed to his request. Some days later, he arrived at my door. Realizing he had just journey over a 1000 miles, my warmest greetings were easily conveyed. About two days had gone by, when the Lord revealed to me that I was to lay hands on him and pray. To my surprise as I laid hands on my wide eyed excited houseguests; I could only see darkness. We are talking dark darkness! Nothing was revealed to me by Jesus. So, I shared exactly what I was seeing. Then Todd's face was gripped with conviction! Shaking his head in a yes mode, he said, "I have to leave, but I will be back." So, that day he flew back to his home. Corrected some deep sins in his life and immediately returned. I thought, what commitment. Within a week while staying in my home, Todd had a visitation from heaven; it was a visitation of light!
Yes, beloved in him there is no darkness at all. Want more light? Just make more room.
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour. (Proverbs 21:21)
What a most wonderful proverb! Full of the warmth of God's will and meat for the soul. Embracing all our difficulties; enlightening life's sometimes questionable paths with an enduring presence of Father God's love.
As I sit here writing this message, I can observe a mother bird feeding her newborn "chicks." Realizing that now they will be accustomed to the type of food they will eat here after. Totally dependent on the mother bird, it is her choice what type of food they will eat. She also must make another choice; which one of her four "chicks," will receive the food first or have to wait for the next journey. Of course, the most hungriest and loudest seems to win the prize.
Take a look at this proverb; righteousness and mercy will produce life, righteousness and honor. Righteousness is not enough; we also have to demonstrate mercy. As the Holy Ghost brings the food of God's word to our soul; we will know how to feed others. God will honor with his parenting character. The quoting of a Scripture is not what others need; it is our living of them.
Food enhances our physical body with power to live life; so also does the living of "the word of God," give us the divine power to be called the children of God!
Dr. Thomas Snyder