Proverbs 30: King James Bible
Who are You – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty, Verses 29-31
29 There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going: 30 A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any; 31 A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Who are You
Here is another listicle pulled from the pages of Proverbs. With these four characters Agur lists for us, he leaves us little detail to go by, trying to figure out what he’s trying to say.
But as we’ve learned from past lists he’s given us, we need to look at the character of this group of examples. As we ponder each example, we need to remember what he’s pointing out to us. These are things that go well, and are comely in going.
I suppose we should understand why the Lord would want us to care about this at all. Who cares about these things being able to “go well” or are “comely in going?”
To find out why we should care, let’s first take a look at the similarities between these examples.
The Lion, Greyhound, He-Goat, and King
All four of these examples have similarities that we can extract to get a better picture of what the Lord is saying to us here.
- They are all confident
All four of these examples make no hesitation when they choose to act. As the scripture says, the lion doesn’t turn away. Have you ever seen a greyhound hesitate at the gate? They shoot off like a bullet!
The he-goat is is an intelligent creature that is inquisitive by nature, and if penned, will seek out a weakness to exploit until he finds freedom. Their curious and rebellious nature moves them onward confidently.
A strong king is confident, knowing that he has the tools available at all times to handle any who would oppose him. He has the ability to make people, or break people.
- They are Headstrong
Being headstrong isn’t a bad thing in the right circumstances. When you’re headstrong over the right things, you become determined to succeed or to get it done. This is a characteristic of “moving hell over high water,” to get something done, achieved, or moved out of the way.
All four examples have the capacity to charge a target. The lion its prey, the greyhound its prey (or these days a mechanical lure), the he-goat whatever is in its way, and the king sends his armies out to meet the enemy.
- They live up to their reputations
A lion doesn’t have its reputation from myth or legend. Its reputation comes from being observed. The same holds true with the greyhound, known for it’s speed and grace.
The same for the he-goat, being stubborn, rebellious, curious, and mischievous. And the king, a terror to his people or a blessing; whatever his nature is.
All of these are observed. Their traits and behavior earn them their reputation, not the other way around.
Can we say the same of ourselves?
None of these examples are trying to be anything but what they are. A lion doesn’t wear a mask trying to appear as a he-goat, right? The greyhound doesn’t strut to a throne wishing he were king. And the king lets nobody mistake him for being anything but a king.
As Christians, can we say the same? Do we make efforts to try and be like others, rather than the one who saved us?
Do we take the fact that we are imperfect creatures, and use it as an excuse to sin? Do we move beautifully and confidently in Christ as bold as a lion, with the determination of the he-goat, as quickly as the greyhound, and as absolute as a king?
What reputation do we live up to? The one that pride and worldliness earns? The mockery of what the world sees as what Christians are? Or the reputation that we have in Christ Jesus, becoming more like him and earning our own in truth reflecting it?
Let’s go back to what these verses start off with. These examples “go well,” and are comely in going.” They move beautifully and gracefully in what they’re doing. Can we say the same as we walk across the face of this earth as what we are, Ambassadors of Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven?
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 11: King James Bible
28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Romans 6: King James Bible
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Romans 6: King James Bible
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 11: King James Bible
1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. 2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.
Thank you for the mysteries and lessons that you’ve opened our eyes to through your Word and by your Spirit. Help us all to apply your lessons to our daily lives, and to incorporate them in all that we do. Help us to stay mindful of all that we’ve learned, and to be honest with ourselves and others about who we are in Christ Jesus. And in the nale of the Lord Jesus CHrist we pray.
Who are you in the eyes of those who are observing?
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