An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Monday, January 27, 2014

“If” Is a Condition, Not a Promise

(Proverbs 27:24 KJV)  For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?

This is a good place to reflect on the difference between Biblical principles and Biblical absolutes.  It seems to me that David had his dynasty guaranteed.  Consider the following words to David regarding his son Solomon,
(1 Chronicles 17:12 KJV)  He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever.
If taken in isolation this seems like an absolute promise.  Yet even Solomon understood that there were conditions and offers this as a qualifier.

We see a similar thought later:
(Pro 29:14 NAS77)  If a king judges the poor with truth, His throne will be established forever.
Notice the "if."  Always consider the “if’s” of life.

So?  God’s promises are true.  So are His expectations and conditions.  Don’t try to bind Him with your conditions, live by His.

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