Proverbs 3:26-30
Prov 3:26 (KJB)
For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
From being taken - Captured
The confidence and security of the Believer comes only from the Lord who is unmovable. Those who place their faith in systems or governments on earth, will find that they generally fail because of their instability. The believer is kept by God who will not even allow their foot to be captured by the making of a wrong decision. The true Believer makes their decisions according to the Wisdom of the Lord and while God’s ways may seem different to the world, the Believer knows that God works in ways that we are not privy to. (Isa 55:8 KJV) For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. When we trust in the Lord, even though we do not understand His methods, we have assurance and confidence that everything will work out according to the plan of God, if we don’t truncate it by getting in the way.
Prov 3:27 (KJB)
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
Solomon now goes into a practical side of life and that is remitting to people their due. If we are the people of a country, we respect our elected officials. If we owe someone money and we have the money to pay them back, then we must do so. “From them to whom it is due” may also be translated as “from its owners.” Many people borrow money today and then find they cannot pay back and go into default. This makes it harder for lenders to lend to others. If we have borrowed any material goods from our neighbor, even a screwdriver, then we must return it after use. Also this verse may be seen in a spiritual way, in that, as Christians we are to give the gospel to others for we do not know who God will save. If we tend to spend all our money on ourselves or even hoard it, then we are basically withholding the good that we can do that is within our power. If a person has a need and we can meet it at the time, then we should do so because that is also a great testimony of what Christianity is all about and generosity can sometimes open a door for witness.
Prov 3:28 (KJB)
Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
Responsibility deferred is irresponsibility! If we have what our neighbor needs and we refuse to give it because of greed, then the reality is that someday we may have a need and it will not be met. Helping another is actually loving thy neighbor and we must never put off till tomorrow what we can do today. The reality is that if we tell the person to come back tomorrow, we will probably make up another lame excuse and continue to greedily withhold. Materialism seems to be the new security blanket for many that call themselves Christians. This also has to do with witnessing, if you feel compelled to witness to a person, then you must and leave the results to the Lord.
Prov 3:29 (KJB)
Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
Not only are we to help others when we can, but we are never to make an attempt to devise any evil plan or action against our neighbor. This is not the Christian attitude toward our neighbors, whether they live next door or across town. (Luke 10:29 KJV) But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? A lawyer asked Jesus who his neighbor was and Jesus proceeded to tell the story of the Good Samaritan. Even if our neighbor is of a different religion or race, it is always the Christian attitude to be ready to help and not devise any hurt. Sometimes we may dislike our neighbor and if they call on us for help, we may determine beforehand to not help them and that is just the same as devising evil. If someone needs us, then it becomes a good testimony to try and help to the best of our ability. Ignoring another’s cry for help is akin to evil.
Prov 3:30 (KJB)
Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
Strive - Contention or dispute - A lawsuit
A nation which is built upon neighbor distrusting neighbor is a sure recipe for disaster. Solomon had prayed for the well-being of the people of Israel when he ascended the throne. He had prayed for unity of the people in Israel. Here in the United States, this verse is always being violated. The courts are overwhelmed with frivolous law suits and so many distrust everybody else just because of race or religion. We must be wise in our associations but we must not cause disputes with people if they have not given cause. There is too much created hostility in the world today because people want to create enemies so they can blame them for their woes. Nero blamed the Christians for burning Rome when it was him along who wanted to give Rome a total makeover. His created tirade against the Christians caused the horrible deaths of thousands of them. In our personal lives, we must never create hostility against anyone else if they have not given any cause for us to mistrust them.