Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 14:31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him. 32 The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing, but the righteous finds refuge in his death.
Clowns Juggling Guitars
What if you crafted a unique magnificent guitar. You spent a lot of thought into it before you ever began making it. And then you crafted it with great precision and supreme workmanship and there was never ever another quite like this guitar. Being a one of a kind and different than all the others, it was stolen. Over a period of time it was sold to many and given away to others… Because it was different than other guitars there came a time when people began to view it as a novelty making fun of it… It finally found its way to the back alley by the trash cans. Someone passing by picked it up and noticed it tuned up nicely. They took it home and strummed it harshly and never oiled it down or put it in a case… Although it was abused greatly, it was made with quality wood and workmanship and so it found its way to many others during its life. Once it spent a summer in a traveling carnival act where a clown juggled it along with 3 balls and strummed the guitar every time he caught it. It made its way to others… Some threw it around in their car or given to children to play with as they used it like a baseball bat... it was the guitar one took with them on the canoe ride down the river and another in their backpack to the mountains while keeping their favorite guitars under the perfect temperature and humidity safe at home. It was used and taken advantage of time and time again.
And something else… although no one ever knew, the creator had placed a small pinhole camera and tracking device in the head-stock and so online he followed its journey. Do you think the master craftsman was insulted by what was done to the masterpiece that he created for good?
Solomon tells us: Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
Look, God made the rich and poor alike… He made the red, yellow, black and white and they are precious in his sight. We are each one unique creations of God made to be fruitful and fill the world with his image in which mankind was created. Although that image was corrupted by sin, that gives us no right to engage in wickedness and oppress others whom God created. In so doing we insult God himself.
God has a different plan. Verse 32 in today's passage says: The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing, but the righteous finds refuge in his death.
You see, God made a way for man to be righteous… a way for the image of God to be restored… a way for man to have fellowship with God as we were created to do.
2nd Corinthians 4:6 says: For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
This new creation comes to us when our eyes are opened to see Jesus as the greatest treasure in the Universe… worth leaving all for.
Jesus takes our sin gives us a heart infused with His righteousness… one that no longer wants to oppress the poor, no longer using people that our culture or standing gives us influence over for our own advantage. As God works in our life that positional righteousness becomes a practical righteousness throughout our life. And because of Jesus righteousness upon our life as today's text says: “but the righteous finds refuge in his death.
Father thank you for the righteousness of Jesus upon all who delight in him. For him living a perfect life, dying a sinners death and raising from the grave giving us that same power to love others, be generous to the poor and share with the world the glory of God in Jesus Christ.