Proverbs 30 Commentary
Probably the Book of Job was in print by this time, or verse 4 simply lifted the thoughts that were in common use at the time. Regardless, the thought is that we become less human each time we doubt God. We choose to believe a lie.
It should be everyman’s prayer that we stay away from deception. Deception is the cause of the famous fall in Genesis 3. The devil has perpetuated lies down countless generations. The lies about God, as reflected in the opening 4 verses. Also the lies about satisfaction. Keep me far from lies that riches bring completeness. Or that lack of riches, otherwise described as poverty, brings dissatisfaction. Completeness comes from the LORD.
We cannot find completeness outside of God. “Give, give,” is a waste of effort because, like the grave, you cannot have enough. There is no end to want. What is the difference between the grave and the barren womb? They are both insatiable appetites! Have everything and keep on receiving; have absolutely nothing and have no hope of ever receiving; it all comes back to the same point: dissatisfaction.
Is there any breadth or width that a man can scale in order to find completeness? Water and fire are two extreme ends but both life paths yield nothing.
Go try life on the high end, free and unhindered. Probably the pinnacle of achievement – the eagle in flight. Or the underworld of concealments – the deception of outward happiness. The slippery end of transactions. The intelligence and the advantage gained from human ingenuity. Or commerce and industry. Then the obvious sensual world – the ‘I-do-as-I-feel world.
It is the world of lady Wickedness. The saint is warned. She doesn’t look bad because she has learned to clean herself and present a saintly appearance for the next victim.
But it is all lies. You cannot become a king this way. You cannot be happy this way. You remain alone, isolated, and miserable. Simply put, the LORD God never designed life to function that way.
While brilliantly exposing the pitfalls of wickedness, this chapter gives us great hope. The people who become beasts because of a silly understanding of the obvious can have hope. Even an ant has done great things! You can think of your future!
A servant becomes king. Impossible! But the scripture points to a time when even very little faith can gain a man stately status – a lion of a man or a real king who has real power, (and control) against a life of emptiness.
The chapter seems to go around the central thought of strong faith in the LORD God. Everything else is a lie – a life without understanding.
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