Righteous Life

The Proverbs of Solomon – Proverbs 10 (NLT)

1The proverbs of Solomon: A wise child brings joy to a father; a foolish child brings grief to a mother. 2Tainted wealth has no lasting value, but right living can save your life3The LORD will not let the godly go hungry, but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked. 4Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich. 5A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace. 6The godly are showered with blessings; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions. 7We have happy memories of the godly, but the name of a wicked person rots away. 8The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces. 9People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall. 10People who wink at wrong cause trouble, but a bold reproof promotes peace.b11The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions. 12Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses13Wise words come from the lips of people with understanding, but those lacking sense will be beaten with a rod. 14Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites disaster. 15The wealth of the rich is their fortress; the poverty of the poor is their destruction. 16The earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money on sin. 17People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray. 18Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool. 19Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut. 20The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of a fool is worthless. 21The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense. 22The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. 23Doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible. 24The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled; the hopes of the godly will be granted25When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly hav
e a lasting foundation. 
26Lazy people irritate their employers, like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes. 27Fear of the LORD lengthens one’s life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. 28The hopes of the godly result in happiness, but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing. 29The way of the LORD is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked. 30The godly will never be disturbed, but the wicked will be removed from the land. 31The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off. 32The lips of the godly speak helpful words, but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words.

I have named this post Righteous Life because I had been led by the Lord to write on righteousness .. or on what a righteous life looks like. I was then led to this chapter.

It is a chapter of verses by Solomon who God gave much wisdom and understanding, even the wisest person (1 Kings 3:12). The Amplified version calls this chapter “Contrast of the Righteous and the Wicked”(AMP). Most of the verses compare a godly action or result, with a parallel wicked action or result. Many of these positive sections relate to righteous living in different ways, and after selecting the positive parts in order to focus on these, I then found and highlighted the points which repeatedly arise (see colors below). My focus here is on how the positive aspects are interlinked, related and describe characteristics of a righteous person, either directly or via contrast.

The NIV translation has the word righteousness in 14 verses: 2,3,6,7,11,16,20,21,24,25,28,30,31,32 (I have underlined where these have been replaced with a different word (usually “godly”) in the NLT translation above.

The Proverbs of Solomon – Proverbs 10 (NLT)

1The proverbs of Solomon: A wise child brings joy to a father; a foolish child brings grief to a mother. 2Tainted wealth has no lasting value, but right living can save your life3The LORD will not let the godly go hungry, but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked. 4Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich. 5A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace. 6The godly are showered with blessings; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions. 7We have happy memories of the godly, but the name of a wicked person rots away. 8The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces. 9People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall. 10People who wink at wrong cause trouble, but a bold reproof promotes peace.b11The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions. 12Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses13Wise words come from the lips of people with understanding, but those lacking sense will be beaten with a rod. 14Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites disaster. 15The wealth of the rich is their fortress; the poverty of the poor is their destruction. 16The earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money on sin. 17People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray. 18Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool. 19Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut20The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of a fool is worthless. 21The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense. 22The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. 23Doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible24The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled; the hopes of the godly will be granted25When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation26Lazy people irritate their employers, like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes. 27Fear of the LORD lengthens one’s life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. 28The hopes of the godly result in happiness, but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing. 29The way of the LORD is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked. 30The godly will never be disturbed, but the wicked will be removed from the land. 31The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off. 32The lips of the godly speak helpful words, but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words.

There seem to be a few main concepts that stand out.

There are qualities of wisdom expressed multiple times along with word use being helpful or encouraging. l like the verse about how the words of the godly are a life-giving fountain (verse 11) and the verse about how one should “be sensible and keep your mouth shut.”! (Verse 19) Surprised?!  I was, a little. 🙂

I was inspired by the blessing concept … hope, happiness, pleasure,  happy memories, to be thought well of and then to experience safety and long life.  The fact that “the godly will never be disturbed”… that is peace. . and it is contrasted with the how “the wicked will be removed from the land.”(verse 30). Wealth in relation to ‘blessings’ and earnings from hard work are mentioned in a few verses, and sometimes in regards to the ability to keep safe and not be worried in different situations or storms…”The rich hide within the fortress that is their wealth, but the poor are dismayed due to their poverty.”(ISV) Here,  righteousness is not directly specified though it is alluded to in verse 16 “The earnings of the godly enhance their lives…”.

My prayer today is that our hearts would be turned to His righteousness .. towards the wholeness that God has for each one of us in His presence. That as we seek Your face,  Lord, that you would meet with us and lead us in Your ways. I desire to be a blessing in Your sight, Lord. I desire Your peace and provision in my life.  May I be wise in words and in action… and a blessing wherever I go!

I’d love to hear of your own perspective. . was there anything that spoke to you, or was impressed upon your heart?

-The Resurrection!

Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb.
Mark 16:2 (NLT)

This Chapter in Mark, hits unbelief on the head..does it not? Many of you will recognize this chapter that is distinct in the bible, as there are two possible endings depending on which version you read. One version ends on verse 8 … the other at verse 20. Read both versions here Mark 16.

You can look up a number of commentaries on why there are two different endings..
It is all very interesting.
I recommend Matthew and Mark” (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary) as I studied under Tremper Longman III (editor of the commentary) in college for a class in exegesis. I think you will like their take, if you like really delving deep.

I want to point out one section, in the longer version…and that is Christ’s words that are quoted as saying “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. 16Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.17These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages.e 18They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”(Mark 16:15-18). What profound testimony. About the call as a believer, and that these are the signs that will be seen on those who believe. Believers… do you see such signs in your life, or in the lives of those around you? Do you still believe and see miracles happening around you? Do you see the Word of God active in your life? Some of these, I have personally witnessed and I hope that as we grow we shall begin to see them more and more in the ways that God has truly intended.

This prayer today is that God would work in me and you, in our pursuit of truth. That where there is doubt, or not-knowing … that we would be given over to learning and the development of our faith. That we would seek out the living truth and seek to pursue it with all that we have.

That in everything that we do … even as we compare different translations of the Word of God .. that we would have our eyes on You Lord. Help us where there is unbelief or even doubt, Lord. Teach us, Your way. 🙂 Amen.

Obedience with truth in love

This is love for God: to obey His commands. And his commands are not burdensome …
1 John 5:3 (NIV)

Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.
1 John 5:3 (NLT)

Context: The verse in perspective is preceded by a chapter about the love of God. It then transitions to the fact that “…Whoever loves God must also love his brother”. 1 John 4:21b  (NIV). After the Perspectiverse, we read more of Jesus Christ, and who He is in relation to eternal life. Read the 2 Chapters….full of love and truth!

I like how the NIV version describes how the commands that God makes, are never burdensome. Wow! So…doesn’t that mean that obedience is …EASY?!

Everything He commands for us to do is out of love. That reminds me of John 8:32 we read “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Freedom. Interesting. Freedom .. peace…found in truth, and even in obedience towards God’s direction. There is no oppression in the commands that God gives us … He is not a dictator…rather, Christ even says that we can call Him friend John 15:15 (MSG) , and says that He is not hiding anything from us.

A relationship with Christ brings freedom, and at the same time walking with Him as a friend, and understanding that God loves us and everything He says and does is out of love, should encourage us to trust Him and walk in His ways. #thoughtlife. Think about that..

Today’s post has been an act of obedience, for me. But I now understand that there is a specific place that God wants my heart to  be when I write on this blog for Him. I am excited that my relationship with God, and yours, might grow in this place. 🙂

Lord, may I hear You more clearly in my daily life. I desire to act as you lead, with love and in peace. I trust that all things you have commanded and are with love in mind, and never burdensome. I choose to trust you, and act on the faith that you have consistently confirmed before me. Thank you for walking with me, through my life.

Today's Word

Psalm 139:1-10 (NLT)
1
O LORD, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

3You see me when I travel

and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, LORD.

5You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave,a you are there.

9If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

The Lord gave me these verses to share with you, after He took me to Psalm 139:2 this morning(see above). I hope you enjoy knowing these, as I have this morning. God bless. 🙂