Deeper Day 216: Proverbs 10:20-25

I’m still reading through Proverbs and Psalms, and as I do, I am still in awe of the current relevance of the wisdom found in the Bible. It’s amazing how the Holy Spirit can breathe on the words and bring them to life right before your eyes.

The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value. The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgment. The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and He adds no trouble to it. A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom. What the wicked dreads will overtake him; what the righteous desire will be granted. When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm.    Proverbs 10:20-25

We are seeing a lot of blatant evil right now. It can feel so overwhelming, but when we remain grounded in scripture, we find eternal hope and perspective. We must remain completely tethered to God if we are to walk through this life with peace. Isn’t that a desire you have…to walk through life with peace?

Here in the scripture above we are given some great insight.

The words of the righteous are choice silver. Our righteous lips are to nourish others. Our words are to be like food to others around us. We are to delight in wisdom. We receive the blessing of the Lord that leads to wealth, without any trouble added. Our desires will be granted. When the storm is over, we will stand firm.

Man, those are some comforting and inspiring words!!

Knowing that the heart of the wicked is of little value sure does lend a perspective to some things we are seeing unfold before our eyes. Fools love evil conduct…really places a new lens on some behaviors we are seeing right now. Then we are told that the fears of the wicked will overtake him, and they will be swept away by the storm. While the Lord is the Judge, we can sure see evil in the intentions of many right now, and while I pray for mass salvation to fall upon these groups I also realize that they are operating from an evil heart. It’s ok to acknowledge that. It’s not ok to treat them with hostility though. While it is wisdom to discern the actions of a person, it’s still our position to remain in love. To walk out the fruit of the spirit. I’m grieved to know that many people will never see heaven. This makes me more determined to pray over them and live in true love, not manipulated love, toward them. I don’t have to cater to their wrong beliefs and thoughts in order to love them. I never have to compromise my core beliefs in order to love others. Loving them comes out of the overflow of a God led heart. Loving them well means, I stand firm on what I know to be true and reach out from that place of grounding and say, “Come meet the God that I know.” An invitation wrapped in loving kindness can pierce the hardest heart.

So now we have several promises to cling to, and also some perspective. How does this feel? Does this make you feel a little less out of control? Does this make you feel more hope?  I sure do hope so. Friends, God is still good, and He is still on the throne. He will see us through this time of uncertainty.

Prayer Moment: God, I trust in You. You have always been faithful, and I trust You to continue to be faithful to me and my family. I love You and I trust that You still have good plans for me. God, keep my perspective turned toward You and Your truth. I praise You because You are worthy of all praise. In Jesus’ name, Amen.