11 The house of the wicked will be overthrown,
But the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
Notice in this section how Solomon compares the house of the wicked with the tent of the upright. A house indicates stability, financial ability, permanence and more. A tent indicates a level of poverty, the need to move regularly, insecurity, and a desire for a house. Solomon uses these two very different types of dwellings to teach an important lesson on wickedness of life verses uprightness of life. On any given day we would all desire the permanence and comforts of a house over the most plush of tents. But the point is not the dwelling place where we live but the attitude with which we live.
Those who live in wickedness, though they prosper greatly, are always at risk of losing everything they have. They have much of this world’s goods. Many of the music videos of the rap culture show the prosperity of wickedness and call the children of the next generation to want what they see in the videos. They see big houses, fancy cars, beautiful women, and lots and lots of money. Today, we also see those who use their money to buy favor and find themselves under the scrutiny of the law. Money is not the greatest success.
On the other hand, is the poor family who have next to nothing of this world’s goods but have the love of God, the righteousness of Christ, and the corresponding happiness of the faithful. I have been in big and beautiful houses that were cold and uninviting; I have been in the small and old homes of the godly poor and have known wonderful and inviting love. The way that seems right might not lead to life but to death. The way of the Lord, though it may not seem right, is right, and the end of His way is life for He is the way, the truth, and the life.
From a wonderful day on Sunday to an amazing trip on Wednesday to an Ascension service on Thursday, I have had continued opportunities to lift up Christ. On Wednesday we went with friends to visit some people of the Badui tribe. These talented and sweet people have had hundreds of years of spiritism and animism. It was a joy to meet some in a market, buy some of the cloth that they are weaving on their porch and some bracelets that they create. It was a continued joy to meet some in their home and to sing silly songs and show the wordless book. Stefani and Bobbi had their first fresh coconut milk right from the tree! We fed the chickens in the yard with some of the fresh coconut on the inside. Poor Bobbi got car sick both riding in and out; I think she will stay out of a car for a week or two.
Yesterday was Ascension Day in Indonesia. It is a national holiday. I was invited to preach the message at a combined service of several churches held at All Saints Anglican church in central Jakarta. The church was packed as Christians from all over the city gathered to celebrate and remember Christ’s ascension into heaven. I spoke from the words of the angels and the words of Peter, “This same Jesus…” I was thankful for the opportunity and pray that some of those in attendance will come to Christ as so many did on the day Peter preached in Jerusalem.
We are getting ready for Sunday now. In about an hour we will have our Friday noon prayer time praying for the Lord to work in our hearts and in the hearts of those we know and love. As Christians we are called by the Lord to pray. As Christians we never pray as much as we should. Turn off the TV and the phones and spend time in prayer for God to bring those who hear His word to faith in His eternal salvation. Pray for unique opportunities for each of us to bring Christ and His hope to those around us.
Have a great day in the Lord,