24 The fear of the wicked will come upon him,
And the desire of the righteous will be granted.
25 When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more,
But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
27 The fear of the Lord prolongs days,
But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
28 The hope of the righteous will be gladness,
But the expectation of the wicked will perish.
29 The way of the Lord is strength for the upright,
But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
30 The righteous will never be removed,
But the wicked will not inhabit the earth.
31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
But the perverse tongue will be cut out.
As we live on this earth, we are often enamored with the wild success of those who do not love the Lord and live lives that are opposed to His holiness. Yesterday, I clicked through a list of the homes of some of Hollywood’s actors and actresses; the beauty of these homes is stunning and desirous. It is not wrong to want a house, but to look at the homes of those who have rejected God and wish for their success is the wrong way to look.
In these verses from Proverbs 10 there is a recurring theme: the wicked will not persevere. How many of the wicked wealthy of this world end up in true happiness? How many remain happily married and raise children who respect them? When they die, how long are they remembered in blessedness and joy? God has made it clear that the way of the wicked will perish.
In contrast, the way of the righteous has many benefits. Re-read these verses looking for the benefits of the righteous. In the clarity of this moment, be thankful for the righteousness of Christ in you and the promised life and end of those who walk in this righteousness. OK, so you haven’t lived your life for wealth and fame and really cool stuff, in the end, it won’t matter. Meditate on these contrasts today and the next time you envy something of the wicked, remember that the fleeting pleasures of this life is all that they have. Pity them and pray that they will come to Christ to enjoy the true righteousness. Thank God that He has made you righteous both in this life and for eternity.
Our grand-daughter, Amira, spilled hot coffee on her foot. Her mom told her not touch it but she did and ended up with severe burns. How pitiful to see her cry when they change her bandages. Everyone else is well. We enjoyed time with Ben and Anna and Emily and Josiah. The kids are growing and developing new things all the time. Six-month-old Josiah is in nine-month-old clothes. He has fat rolls on his fat rolls. He smiles a lot and is loved by his big sister.
Pray for a young man who prayed to trust Christ last week that he will desire to be baptized and follow Christ.
Have a great day in the Lord,