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Day 10: Proverbs 10:25 - 30
 

When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more,
    but the righteous is established forever.
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
    so is the sluggard to those who send him.
The fear of the Lord prolongs life,
    but the years of the wicked will be short.
The hope of the righteous brings joy,
    but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the blameless,
    but destruction to evildoers.
The righteous will never be removed,
    but the wicked will not dwell in the land.

Observations:

  • The vivid imagery used by Solomon between good and evil paints a great visual picture here and gives hope to believers in the lord.
  • These verses reinforce the story and the promise throughout the bible of the return of the king and eternal life for believers in HIM.
  • The actions of the wicked/evildoers are a good gut check to remind you to guard your actions and heart and mind against evil thoughts, words and deeds.
  • The protection offered and afforded to us by God’s grace is really strong throughout Proverbs 10 and especially in these particular verses. 
  • There is a lot of reinforcement of God’s love and joy that he takes in his people
  • Living a righteous and faithful life will bring great things!

Application:

Proverbs 10 makes it very plain which is the correct path to choose. It is very black and white. We can use this clear delineation between the right and wrong things to say or think, or right and wrong ways of acting or thinking, as indications of the life to come.

If we really believe that He is King and will return again, we can see that if we do not fully live that out, then the consequences will be severe. There is very clear language to the consequences of each action throughout the chapter. You can either bring honor or dishonor to your family. We can either submit to or reject what we have read or been taught.  

It gives us a clear choice. We can both read this passage and put it down and walk away like nothing happened or think “aren’t they nice words” or “wasn’t that well written” ignoring what God is saying in our lives. Or you can read, digest, believe and receive and apply His truth to your life. Walking the walk and not just “talking the talk.” This is a great way for us to build our spiritual house; with God as the Rock and foundation and Jesus as the cornerstone.

If nothing else, we should take away the following fundamentals from this passage:

1.  As believers, we should receive an eternal source of joy, energy and peace from the promises of God.  We should have full confidence in who he is as you enter each day.

2.  We should want to share God’s goodness with those that don’t know him or have forgotten what it is like to be truly in his presence. 

Doing so in a way reflecting his son and allowing God’s love to pour into you so you can pour so you in turn can pour it out to those around you like the cracked.

The message is clear.  The Father desires you to live long and strong with HIM as your source of strength! But, you have a say in the matter. He has given you the blueprint/the plan and if you apply it, you will enjoy the benefits of it.  But if you don’t and ignore it, then you will have to deal with the consequences.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, We rejoice in our hearts with your promise of eternal life. For your encouragement and reassurance, that our journey through life with you by our side, will bring us joy, peace and so much more! When we let doubt or thoughts that are those akin to the evil doers, we pray you will sting our eyes with smoke or give us a taste like vinegar in our mouth as a reminder of where that path will lead. I thank you that by your grace, I am able to pursue a life of joy, Love and integrity confident in the knowledge of your promise of the world to come. Lord please continues your sanctifying work in me and in my family of Hope Pointer’s, that we would fully reflect an image of you and your son through our actions and word.  In the mighty and majestic name of your precious son Jesus, I pray.  

Amen.        

 

- Mick Bailey

 

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