Proverbs 22: King James Bible
Preserve Knowledge – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty two, Verse 12
12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Preserve Knowledge
I find this verse to be heavily relatable to verse 10, which was recently covered in the devotional titled: “Remove the Scorner.” I mean this only as it relates to the second half of the verse.
The first half of the verse on the other hand, is a revelation that the Lord is giving us. What a strange thing to say, that the eyes of the Lord actually preserve knowledge; isn’t it? This makes me wonder several strange things…
If the Father can see and know all, perhaps he can literally see our words, as no other being can? We’ve slightly brushed on the topic in the past, that our words are weightier than we often think, and mean far more to the Father than they do to us.
Perhaps, if the Lord can see words, those that come his way from the transgressor look different to him, than they would people who are saved? Again, this is just food for thought, and maybe an exercise in futility, since we’ll not know for sure till we are standing face to face, and get to see all of the things that we merely speculate about today.
But in my opinion, these kinds of things are fun to think about, and worth digging deeper into the Word, in order to see where the Spirit of the Lord takes us. But I digress, back to the verse above…
Let’s take a good look, at who isn’t overthrowing the words of the transgressor. It isn’t me, and it isn’t you. Some of us tend to think that it is in our power to throw down someone’s words. Some of us may have also learned that this isn’t going to happen without direct intervention by the Lord.
What it says above, is that the Lord overthrows the words of the transgressor, not you and I. However, just as we can do our part to lead someone to the Lord, we can also be a conduit for the Lord, in order to close the mouths of transgressors.
This is done by the Spirit of the Lord, working through us, and feeding us what to say. This is only going to happen, when we are already taking part in his service, being active on his behalf according to his purpose. Not just any ole time we wind up getting confronted by a transgressor of whatever the type.
The Holy Ghost works according to the Father’s purposes, not our purposes. When we want to pridefully show our zeal for the Lord for all to see, and get into it with someone against the Father, without clear and concise instruction or unction by the Spirit of the Lord, you’re serving your own purposes, rather than the Lord’s.
This is a hard thing to swallow for those of us who tend to argue (me), but is a reality nonetheless. It’s all about doing things according to his purpose, by his Spirit, in his will.
Related New Testament Scripture
Mark 13: King James Bible
11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
Luke 12: King James Bible
12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
John 14: King James Bible
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Acts 7: King James Bible
51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
2 John 1: King James Bible
9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
Thank you for the mysteries that you’ve given us to think about, driving us to turn to you all the more, for the answers to all of your ways which you choose to reveal to us. Forgive us Lord, for any transgressions we’ve committed by either word or deed, and cause for us to be purified in your eyes. Thank you Lord for all that you do, and all that you are. Help us to be wise, and knowledgeable in our dealings with others. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
We know that the Lord will preserve knowledge, but are we righteous with him enough to be comfortable when faced with his knowledge of us personally?