Strength is in God……

 

Greetings to you all. As I have not blogged in a while a longer one fr you! 🙂

Proverbs 12 v 7 says something interesting that I had not noticed before now – “Wicked men are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm”

This proverb comes at the end of a short section, beginning in verse 5, illustrating the progression of the sinful person against those who fear God.The opening verse describes both of these types of people making plans: The upright have good goals and mark out an ethical route to reach them, whereas the wicked devise devious ways to get what they want. The middle proverb, verse 6, describes the thinking and speech of each type: Evil people use and abuse others—often the good people, who seem to be easy pickings—to get their way, while the righteous trust in their integrity, which they have learned from following God’s ways, to get them out of troubles.

Solomon finishes his short character description with a confident announcement of the fates of these two types of people. In fact, the sense of the verse is that these ends are sure and certain. While we realize that God could intervene and turn the evil person to him, and that the good person could be derailed and fall from his good ways, Solomon is speaking in terms of the general human condition.

God inspires him to see the end of the sinful person as “overthrown and no more,”  The illustration behind their being overthrown is of a “turning of the hand,” that is, an indefinite disaster that will take them away in a moment. They will be here today and gone tomorrow, swept away in a flash-flood of ruin, whether physical, financial, or otherwise. In other words, the wicked are setting themselves up for spectacular failure. They are not so strong after all!

The more positive side of the proverb is that those who stand fast in God’s way will have long life with their house standing. Again, this is not always the case— I know of righteous people who  have no family. However, the general truth is that right living produces conditions that encourage health, long life, and good habits and traits that are passed down from one generation to another.

The thought in this verse is given to us in lots of places in Scripture, perhaps best in the second commandment:

For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments

The effects of a person’s sins reach down the next few generations and cause untold harm, yet the righteousness of a godly person can produce blessings in the lives of his descendants hundreds or thousands of years in the future (consider the example of Abraham and his faithfulness). The clear choice is to “fear God and keep His commandments” (Ecclesiastes 12:13) or not! And at work if you feel threatened by an individual then I suggest clinging even more to the God you love and fear as in so doing you will not be overthrown.

Catch up soon and have a good week

oh yes – great minds don’t think alike – great minds like to think….. ( That’s for Stuart)

 

 

 

 

 

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