Proverbs 10:16 The wages of the righteous are life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death…21 The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of sense…25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever. 27 The fear of the Lord adds length to life…28 The prospect of the righteous is joy…
We’ve been concentrating on living wisely on earth. God blesses us here in these bodies and in these neighborhoods. Beyond that, we are blessed for living in wisdom simply by not having to suffer the consequences of living foolishly. But these bodies and neighborhoods aren’t permanent. When we give our hearts to Jesus and begin to know God and live in wisdom, that eternal connection comes alive. We hear the hum of the current on which we ride. This river of the Christian’s life flows without end through congested cities and peaceful countryside, dark woods and under open sky, right on into a world we haven’t seen yet, but which is bound to be awesome—we can see our Creator’s skill in so many details of this temporary world that’s been scarred by sin. How much greater could an untainted world be?
The chapters we’ve read so far talk about people who lie and cheat and steal. Behavior like that comes from listening to the devil’s rationale. Stay with me—in our cynical world, concepts like heaven and the devil are the subject of cartoons and not things real adults talk about. But you have already acknowledged that this world has a Creator who is much bigger than us and is also unseen by our human eyes. Is it a stretch then, to agree that there are other things not seen by human eyes?
Jesus said in John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.” They means you and me. Life with Jesus means abundant life, life without the limits of time and space because we have the power of God our Father, who will accomplish everything He sets out to do through us. We have a life expectancy that goes off the charts into eternity. The wisdom and righteous behavior we’re applying today increases our understanding of our Lord and friend and it enhances our observation skills, so we can see how God is working in our lives here and now and in the lives of others around us. The prospect of the righteous is JOY!!!
Lord, thank You for making us righteous through Jesus’ loving sacrifice. We couldn’t do it on our own. Even now, we fail sometimes. Thanks for patiently being there each day when we come to Your word, and for gently bringing Your truth back to our minds as we go through the day. It’s nice to know we’ll always have You, in this world and in the next.