Pro 14:25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.
I don't want to give any verse of Scripture what my grandma would call "short shrift" but the second verse in our duet today is calling my name, and I want to get to it. Verse 24 seems to be telling us once more that if we are wise, we will have riches --- and that can be wealth, or material riches, or it can be the riches of respect, love of friends and family, the close relationship with God that we aspire to achieve, and more. We are wise to yearn for those riches rather than the riches of this world.
Verse 25 is the one that seemed to jump off the page at me today. My first impression was that it spoke of a witness in a courtroom, or some other situation where truthfulness is so badly needed. I was thinking along the lines of our need to be faithful and true, and to avoid lying to others and to ourselves.
I have to say, I am so appreciative of good commentaries in my study. When I read Matthew Henry's notes on this verse, it really cranked my tractor! Look at this excerpt:
A man of integrity will venture the displeasure of the greatest, to bring truth to light and rescue those who are injured by falsehood. A faithful minister, who truly witnesses for God against sin, is thereby instrumental to deliver souls from eternal death.That's when the light bulb flashed --- we are all ministers. In whatever walk of life God has placed us, we should be faithful witnesses. For if we are, we can help to deliver souls from eternal death.
WOW! Are you as stoked as I am? (Well, probably not, but I hope you will be!) It never hurts to be reminded that we "shall be witnesses...to the ends of the earth." Am I brave enough to risk someone's displeasure by gently saying a word for Christ? Am I faithful to let my light shine? Am I living my life in such a way that someone might ask what makes my outlook different? And if they ask, am I ashamed, or am I excited, to be able to witness?
I do so want to be a delivery person for God --- I hope I can be a faithful witness and bring others to Him!