16 September 2021

Proverbs 22:12

The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,
    but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.

God watches over knowledge as a shepherd watches over his flock. Far from fearing knowledge, Christians should above all nurture it and strive to grow in knowledge, for God is the God of truth. It is good to grow in all the fields of knowledge, except for learning the ways to sin. That is really the only knowledge that Adam and Eve gained. They learned to think like Satan.

Such knowledge God despises and he will turn against the one who uses it. Let us remember this as we worry over evil men getting away with wickedness. God will overthrow them, most often in this lifetime, but with ultimate finality after death. It is that second death that Christ tells us to fear, which awaits the wicked.

The traitor thinks he is getting away with his treachery. All that he is doing is storing up God’s wrath that will be carried out. God is not blind to our sin, nor will he be mocked. Do not be jealous of the traitor or anyone who uses deceit. Rather, all the more determine to speak the truth and to uphold knowledge, especially the knowledge that is of Jesus Christ.


Psalm 64

Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint;
    protect my life from the threat of the enemy.

Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,
    from the plots of evildoers.
They sharpen their tongues like swords
    and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.
They shoot from ambush at the innocent;
    they shoot suddenly, without fear.

They encourage each other in evil plans,
    they talk about hiding their snares;
    they say, “Who will see it[b]?”
They plot injustice and say,
    “We have devised a perfect plan!”
    Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.

But God will shoot them with his arrows;
    they will suddenly be struck down.
He will turn their own tongues against them
    and bring them to ruin;
    all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.
All people will fear;
    they will proclaim the works of God
    and ponder what he has done.

10 The righteous will rejoice in the Lord
    and take refuge in him;
    all the upright in heart will glory in him!