Proverbs 24: King James Bible
Forbear to Deliver – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty four, Verses 11-12
11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; 12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Forbear to Deliver
The key to understanding the two verses above, is to get a grip on the meaning of the word “forbear.” We don’t use this word too much these days, but there are a slew of words we tend to use synonymously.
Forbear ~ Dictionary.com
verb (used with object), forbore, forborne, forbearing.
1. to refrain or abstain from; desist from.
2. to keep back; withhold.
3. Obsolete. to endure.
verb (used without object), forbore, forborne, forbearing.
4. to refrain; hold back.
5. to be patient or self-controlled when subject to annoyance or provocation.
Having a detail behind what it means to forbear, allows us to see clearly what the Lord is telling us. What we’re looking at, is act of lying to the Lord, or lying to ourselves and the Lord, in our hearts.
There’s nothing wrong with forbearing behavior in general. In fact we’re commanded to in certain places, and there are many scriptures that talk about the Lord’s forbearance relating to punishing his children. He forbears in order to leave a space for repentance. But to act this way when it comes to decisions that take us down the path of choosing wrong over right due to hesitation, that’s a whole different ball game.
We could also apply these pieces of scripture toward the act of bearing false witness about something. What comes to my mind are people who witnessed a crime, yet fool themselves that they saw nothing, as to avoid repercussions from those involved. In this case, justice might take a back seat because someone remains silent, allowing the wicked to get away with what they’ve done and the victim left to suffer.
We learn from the New Testament, that those who know what’s right to do, yet fail to do it, for them it is sin (scripture below). We may have the capacity to lie to ourselves to the point of actually believing the lies, but the Lord will remember the truth.
Even when we twist scripture just enough to justify something that it wasn’t intended to justify, the Lord will always have his finger on the pulse, and will not forget it. There are thousands of different avenues we can take, as it would relate to convincing ourselves that sin isn’t sin. Many are complex, and can be very convincing.
But at the end of the day, nothing is all that complex, particularly when it comes to the simplicity of right and wrong by the Word of God. If we have failed to do what’s right, then what have we done? In a world that has painted everything in shades of gray, black and white is always easier to determine through God’s Word. If we’re not doing right, then we are doing wrong.
But the scriptures above also shed some light on something else. If we are truly ignorant concerning a matter, and make the wrong decisions or fail to act, the Lord understands that too. He is merciful and faithful to forgive true ignorance about something.
But false ignorance translates to a flat out lie, and to decide to forbear doing right when presented with the opportunity to do so will be remembered, should there be no repentance.
Related New Testament Scripture
Luke 12: King James Bible
56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? 57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?
Romans 3: King James Bible
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
4 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
James 4: King James Bible
16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
Please forgive us should there have been any time in our lives that we decided to forbear the right thing to do for whatever the reasons. If we have done such things in our past, please bring them to our remembrance, so that we can confess them unto you, and repent. Rout this behavior out of us Lord, that we become more like Christ Jesus, fearing no man, but only the Father. We thank you Lord, for blotting out our sins from us, and for being merciful toward those who love you, and toward those you love. Please cause for these to be removed from our account, and remembered no more. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever silently chosen to forbear doing what’s right in God’s eyes?