Thursday, 28 May 2020
Imagine having a friend who has supposedly known you for many years and claims to be your good friend. Then all of a sudden, that friend of yours would ask you to do something that you dislike doing. What would be the thought that comes to your mind? The first thought would definitely be “wait I thought you should know this since you’ve been my friend for so long?” In a sense, you would start wondering about his effort, because that action seems to indicate something. Likewise, it is with our Christian wisdom, the manner in which we act indicates certain things, especially how much we know about God.
Here in verse 4a, we are told that “Those who forsake the law praise the wicked.” This verse is indicating a certain aspect of our lives and certain indications that it makes. It specifically speaks about our attitude towards God’s law. This verse mentions that those who praise the wicked, is in a sense, the result of forsaking the law.
We all know what forsaking the law is. However, the line becomes a bit more blurred when it comes to praising the wicked. Praising the wicked comes in many different forms, such as indirectly condoning of certain willful sinful acts (i.e. buying pirated digital products or counterfeit goods) or even directly doing it (i.e. bribing the police/officials for certain business requirements).
Then in verse 4b, it draws a contrast by stating “but those who keep the law strive against them.” The contrast is that those who go against praising the wicked are those who keep the law or those who uphold the laws in which God has given or placed above us. As God’s people, we ought to exercise wisdom by keeping the law, lest we are praising the wicked directly or directly with our subtle actions.
Moving further down into verse 5a, the author tells us that “evil men do not understand justice.” This is the natural outcome and outlook of those who forsake God’s law, they do not understand justice because they are blinded by their own sinful ways. More specifically, they do not understand what true justice is.
BUT those who seek the Lord understand it completely, as indicated as a contrast in verse 5b. The only reason why we are able to understand justice is due to the fact that we seek God through obeying His laws, where God’s holy character is revealed to us. If we want to truly know and understand justice, we have to go to God’s revealed law. Because God’s law is the only law that is perfectly righteous and just, that shows no partiality. Whereby our justice is imperfect.
So, what do all these mean to us today? It is important to note that we as Christians ought to exercise wisdom by upholding God’s law in our own personal lives. Not in the manner where we obey God to earn our way to heaven, but in such a way where we, as God’s subject, submit ourselves to Him (and His laws), who is the King who saved and called us to be His own people.
Secondly, we as humans all want perfect justice. The only way for us, as God’s people, to truly know perfect justice is to exercise wisdom by upholding and the obeying God’s law. This calls us to examine our lives, especially our actions. Are there any actions in our lives that praise the wicked? Have we truly understood justice by seeking God’s law? If we claim to love and know God, may we be quick to act in ways that are pleasing towards God, by obeying His laws. Lest our lives indicate otherwise.
As we come to the Lord in prayer, may we ask God’s Spirit to work in us, so that we can exercise the God-given wisdom to us in our lives, by seeking to please Him in every way we live. Let us think and look through every areas and action of our lives, and ask God’s Spirit to change our hearts to exercise wisdom by keeping and upholding God’s revealed laws.
Hon Sir Neng