The Hard Life

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Proverbs 13

15    Good understanding gains favor,

But the way of the unfaithful is hard.

16    Every prudent man acts with knowledge,

But a fool lays open his folly.

Let us take these two verses and put the negatives together and the positives together:

“Good understanding gains favor and every prudent man acts with knowledge. The way of the unfaithful is hard and a fool lays open his folly.”

The contrast here is very important. On the side of the righteous is good understanding and a prudent man who acts with knowledge. So when we need to make decisions we look to righteousness and to prudent or well thought out answers. We don’t act quickly or rashly but carefully, making sure that righteousness is the result. People are positively affected by our decisions because they are carefully considered in the process.

On the other hand, the way, the life of the unfaithful person, is hard. I have known people who did not make life decisions carefully, they did not seek God’s righteousness nor the lives of others in their decisions. Their lives became difficult, things did not work out, those around them did not enjoy them, and life just got hard. As they lay open their foolishness to all, their lives are just hard. I have had people who rejected God’s wisdom because they wanted their way and very soon regretted what they had done, their lives got hard.

I am reading and studying the book of Deuteronomy. God told Israel that before long they would reject Him and serve other gods who were not gods and would be worshipping evil spirits (Deuteronomy 32:17). God went on to say that when they rejected Him, He would make their lives hard as He sought to bring them back to Himself. My friends, the way of foolishness and sinfulness is hard. Do not listen to the lies of the culture, no one can live apart from God, rejecting all of His wisdom, and have a blessed life. Their lives will be hard. Walk with the Lord, love His righteousness, consider others, and enjoy the favor of God.


Doug and Ruth Bachorick have served the Lord for nearly 20 years in Manilla, the Philippines. Two days ago a young student finished her seminar, got on a bike and was killed by a truck. Pray for the family of this sweet girl. Her picture is on my Facebook page. The family is grieving deeply, just as I would if it were my daughter who was lost. The girl’s name was Kezi.

 We have small group at our home tonight. Pray with us for a woman in our group who has an oppressive family situation. Pray for her husband’s salvation.

 Pray for all of us for Sunday that God will meet among us as we gather with His people in His house.

Have a great day in the Lord,


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