Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 25:25: “As cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a far country.”
Nothing satisfies a tired, weary person, more than a drink of “cold water.” Jesus preserved this thought when He emphasized that Christians should give “one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward” (Matthew 10:42). War is wearying, and the longer it is waged, the more desperate a country is for good news. When a propaganda press is a daily din of horrors and failures in that war, the public reacts by detesting any and all opposition to their enemies. Whether engaged in a war, or traveling overseas for business or family interests, those at home eagerly await good news about those they cannot see.
Getting good news from “a far country” may be done by:
(1) Sending “spies” (or “reporters”) to tell us what it is like, although when Israelites sent 12 men to spy out the Promised Land before the people would enter, 10 of them “discouraged the heart of the children of Israel, so that they did not go into the land which the LORD had given them” (Numbers 32:9), making God swear they would not enter that land (Numbers 32:10-12). Unfaithful reporters have misreported American interests in foreign lands for decades. Remember, looking through a camera lens limits the view of what actually happens. Learn the lesson of the Israelites in the wilderness – that God’s Word always is right no matter who or how many say otherwise. Because of the false report of the 10 spies, “they despised the pleasant land; They did not believe His word, But complained in their tents, And did not heed the voice of the LORD. Therefore He raised up His hand in an oath against them, To overthrow them in the wilderness” (Psalm 106:24-26).
(2) Seeing for ourselves: “Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions” (1 Kings 10:1). When “the queen of Sheba” made her first-hand report, she said, “I did not believe the words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame of which I heard” (1 Kings 10:7).
Jesus Christ repeatedly said, “I am going away and coming back to you” (John 14:28), and when He had gone into the “far country” of death, He came back with the good news that we could be with Him (John 14:1-3) by obeying Him (Mark 16:15-16). The Gospel of Jesus Christ is “good news” from “a far country,” and is refreshing to every soul who drinks the water of life (Revelation 22:17).
All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.