In this current age of social media, immediate reactions and thoughts are often broadcast to the world to read. However, now with the recent addition of Facebook Live, individuals can stream video live that is unfiltered. When some try to attain 15 seconds of fame like the 4 teenagers in Chicago, that which was meant for good can be corrupted by an axis of evil.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings, Proverbs 25:2.
During times of uncertainty, people tend to seek out advice, guidance or wisdom to figure out what to do next. 2 Kings 18-20 details the reign of Hezekiah, the king of Judah. Described as one of the godliest leaders in the Bible, Hezekiah wasn’t satisfied with the pieces of the Old Testament he had access to, seeking out previous writings of Solomon. One of the suggestions Hezekiah discovered was when something occurs, try not to make a big deal about this.
Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense, Proverbs 19:11.
To extract what Solomon means by the phrase “conceal a matter,” you have to go back a few chapters to understand the true meaning. Based upon the context of chapter 19, the intent refers to avoid over-reacting. In the heat of the moment, human nature tempts people to retaliate. Yet, those who practice self-control by restraining your emotions, it is to God’s glory.
by Jay Mankus