Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The wise appease the angry King

Proverbs 16:14
A king's wrath is a messenger of death,
and a wise man will appease it.

Proverbs 20:2
The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;
whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life.

Proverbs 20:26

A wise king winnows the wicked
and drives the wheel over them.

It is utterly foolish to live life in a kingdom as though it has no King and yet the fool says in his heart, "There is no God!"

It is equally as foolish to live life in a kingdom as though its King's commands need not be carried out.

It is ridiculous to expect the King to bless your ignorance as wisdom, your rebellion as loyalty, or your provocation as appeasement.

Even the roar of a lion in captivity excites the heart of his onlookers. How much more so even the growl of a lion on the loose? C.S. Lewis said it rightly,

"Of course He's good. But He's not safe. He's not a tame lion!"

God cannot be domesticated. Do not make the error of assuming you've seen a lion because you've seen a cat.

May God grant you the wisdom and humility to see both yourself and your King as they really are and in so doing grant you also His grace in Christ to survive both realities.

"'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved."

May this, your undoing, be your boast. May your plea for mercy be your only badge of honor.

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