Proverbs 24:10-12

Proverbs 24:10-12

Proverbs 24:10-12
If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not He who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay everyone according to what they have done?

Today we return to Proverbs and the Sayings of the Wise that mention the heart. Above we have Saying 25 which makes the case for strength to rescue those heading to death and slaughter before excuses and the heart are talked about and judged.

So let’s look at each verse of this Saying in turn. Verse ten seems like an exhortation and it cannot be considered otherwise when read with verse eleven. So verse ten is literally saying If you fail in the day of adversity, your strength is truly small for that is when it is tested. Thus adversity is a time of testing of one’s faith. About this James says in chapter one

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

And what a time of adversity it is for there are those being led away to death and those staggering toward slaughter who need to be rescued and held back. We can do neither if we have little strength or rather a lack of faith to do what it is what we are called to do. MacLaren’s Expositions calls this The Crime of Negligence and says in part
If a man has a conviction, the health of his own soul, his reverence for the truth he has learnt to love, his necessary connection with other men, make it a duty, a necessity, and a joy to tell what he has heard, and to speak what he believes.

Proverbs 14:25a is more to the point when it says
A truthful witness saves lives NIV or even better A true witness delivers souls NKJV

So the question arises, what will each of us do when we see someone being led away to death or staggering toward slaughter especially by their own actions and choices. Will we have the courage and faith to tell them the truth or will we be too busy finding a way to feign ignorance. We may fool ourselves with such excuses, but we cannot fool God. Nor can we expect there to be no consequences to such excuses.
If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not He who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay everyone according to what they have done?

As Christians we have a duty to share the Good News of Jesus. Only a few of us are called to be missionaries spreading the Gospel around the world. Nevertheless, we can be missionaries in our own lives sharing the Gospel with our family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. We can especially do this by our actions, for our actions may be the only Bible they read. What will our actions tell others about Jesus and the Christian walk?

Much to ponder on this Monday. Think on it, pray on it, and act on it … and have a Great Week!