Proverbs in 365 Devotions

April 5

Proverbs 6:30 People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry, 31 but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold; he will give all the goods of his house. 32 He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself. 33 Wounds and dishonor will he get, and his disgrace will not be wiped away.

To Catch A Thief

By Robin Aylor

When a hungry person steals food or money to buy food it is easy to have sympathy for such an individual. As long as we don’t know who they really are and all we know is they were hungry… we tend to show compassion… But when they are caught and we find out that they were hungry because they were too lazy to work our view of their crime may possibly be swayed. However, that being said at the end of the day it really doesn't matter if they stole from others because of a lack of a desire to work or a lack of opportunity... when they are caught and come before a just judicial system their deeds are weighed in the balance of the letter and intent of the law.

 

The hooded villain known as Robin Hood comes to mind. He stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Even with the most liberal interpretations and if by some wild imagination the intent of the law was on his side, still... he likely stole and hurt many innocent and some who had made their riches honestly and lawfully. Justice is not to be carried out by each mans individual rationalizations.

 

Not all, but some of the Liberal left in the US follow the premise to take from the rich even if they obtained it lawfully and give to the poor even if the able refuse to work. In Bible times Sanctuary Cities were not built to protect criminals. It may sound like I’m voicing a clear political view but I cannot be that general. You see, I believe there is a time and place for mercy even in the worlds court.

Let me bring this back to the text... For a man to commit adultery is to steal his neighbors wife. It does not matter if his own wife was bringing him satisfaction or not. He has no right to steal from his neighbor. There will be a price to pay. Even if there is forgiveness it will change their families forever. No one can remove the consequences of his sin.

 

One day we will all stand before the supreme Judge who is 100% righteous. As a man steals his neighbors wife we have committed adultery with God making the world our love. As a thief steals food we have all stolen glory from God to satisfy our own selfish appetite... We are all guilty and we will all face judgment.

Thankfully, there is someone who can bear penalty for our sin. There is mercy for those who treasure Jesus as their true love. Jesus said in Matthew 9:13 ...‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
 

So attention all you sinners!.... (that"s us!) look to Jesus as the Good News he is… He took upon himself the wages due us for our sin. This free gift is for all who believe him and look to him in faith. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.