16 A gracious woman gets honor,
and violent men get riches.
17 A man who is kind benefits himself,
but a cruel man hurts himself.
18 The wicked earns deceptive wages,
but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
19 Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live,
but he who pursues evil will die.
20 Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the Lord,
but those of blameless ways are his delight.
21 Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished,
but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
As we read the Proverbs, they often appear to be random wisdom sayings but at closer examination they are often set in themes. These six proverbs are all about the contrast between good women, bad men, the end of their evil choices and the future of their righteous choices. Re-read these verses thinking about this theme.
We see here a gracious woman, a kind man, a sower of righteousness, one who is steadfast in righteousness, one who is blameless, and one who is righteous whose children will be delivered. We then see a violent man, a cruel man, the wicked, those who pursue evil, the crooked in heart and an evil person who will not go unpunished.
As we consider the purpose of wisdom, which is to help us see the end of our decisions before we make them, these contrasts are very helpful. When we are clearly thinking, the consequences of the evil people are nothing that we would want. Furthermore, when we are clearly thinking, the results of righteousness are positive consequences that we would live to receive.
I tend to think of people I know or know about who fit in these negative categories, but what I need to do is to put my name in each of these contrasts. When I insert my name I am able to think clearly about my own decisions and actions. Whenever we can thus personalize the Scriptures teaching on wisdom, we will find ourselves acting in wisdom and avoiding the consequences of foolishness and of unrighteousness.
It is Friday, let us take time to pray for Sunday. Pray for the preparations of music, lessons, and sermons. Pray for those who attend that they can put aside their frustrations of the week and enjoy the house of the Lord. Pray that the enemy’s efforts to keep people away will be defeated. Pray for the souls of men and women and young people and children to be brought closer to the Savior.
We will have our second Friday prayer time today at 11:45. Pray for Christians in the Kemang community to come and to join us for Christian prayer.
Jared and I met a man in the workout room. We are meeting tomorrow for coffee (tea). Pray for a time to be open about the things of the Lord.
Have a great day in the Lord,