In honor of Veterans Day, thank you to all the men and women who have served our country and continue to serve our country to keep us safe. May God bless you for the sacrifices you make each day to protect us back here at home. Thank you.
I loved this chapter in Proverbs and decided to do a fun word study because the words righteous(ness) and wicked(ness) kept popping up. It was really cool to see how God used these two words to teach me the meaning of both righteousness and wickedness. Here's my little word study below: (I had way too much fun with this!)
Righteous(ness) versus Wicked(ness)
vs 4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death
vs 5 The righteousness of the blameless will direct vs 5 but the wicked will fall by
his way aright his own wickedness
vs 6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them vs 6 But the unfaithful will be
caught by their lust
vs 8 The righteous is delivered from trouble vs 8And it comes to the wicked
vs 9 But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered vs 9 the hypocrite with his
mouth destroys his neighbor
vs 10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; vs 10 and when the wicked
perish, there is jubilation
vs 11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted vs 11 But it is overthrown by the
mouth of the wicked
vs 18 But he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward vs 18 The wicked man does
vs 19 As righteousness leads to life vs 19 so he who pursues evil
pursues it to his own death
vs 21 But the posterity of the righteous will be delivered vs 21 Though they join forces
the wicked will not go
vs 23 The desire of the righteous is only good, vs 23 but the expectation of the
wicked is wrath
vs 28 But the righteous will flourish like foliage vs 28 He who trusts in his riches
vs 30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life
And he who wins souls is wise
vs 31 If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth vs 31 How much more the
ungodly and the sinner
Wasn't that an awesome word study! Not my work, but God's work and His words! It was so clear to me this time reading it this way (by graphing and charting these two words) what a righteous person is and what a wicked person is. Of course we all want to say we are righteous before God right? We all want the benefits and the blessings and the promises of the righteous! But the Bible says that (Romans 3:10-12) There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one.
There is only one Man who lived on earth who was righteous. And that Man was Jesus. He lived a perfect life. He came so that we could be righteous before God. We don't deserve it. We can't earn it. We can't even live it, without His help. He came so that we could be righteous before God and have a relationship with God. None of us would have been able to "get to heaven" or "get to God" without Jesus. It's nothing we did, or can do. Christ did it all. He paid the price of our wickedness, our sin, on the cross.
Today, I'm just really thankful for what Christ did for me. I am such a sinner. I am wicked. But, I have a righteous Savior who has made me righteous. All I have to do is believe, have faith, tell Him I'm sorry for the things I've done wrong, and ask for His help. I'm a wicked sinner, but I have a mighty Savior. And when God looks at me now, he doesn't see my wickedness, my sin, he sees the blood of Jesus, he sees the righteousness of Christ. Thank you God for sending Jesus.
I am righteous only by the grace of God. Are you? God wants a relationship with you. He wants you to get to know Him so that you can live a blessed life full of hope, and love, and joy. Will your life be perfect? No. Will you have troubles or trials. Yes. But He doesn't leave you. You are never alone. Take a look at all the promises of the righteous.
Matthew 11: 28-29 Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me-watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." (The Message)