Day 8: Righteousness and Wickedness – part 4

In God’s common grace, sin is often universally recognised (Prov. 14:34). These proverbs show us that righteousness promotes blessings, such as exalting a nation, bringing treasure and preserving life. The upright know the King’s Highway and so, turn aside from evil (Prov. 16:17). No power has been given to kings, unless it is given from above (John 19:11), and knowing this, the wise person is careful to do what is right before the king (Prov. 20:8). In contrast, the wicked come to trouble; their desires are evil and mercy has no place in their lives (Prov. 21:10).

Ultimately, sin undoes relationships, destroying true peace (Prov. 17:19). So too pride – “making our door high” – will only end in ruin (Prov. 17:19).

The promise in these verses is that LORD Himself provides protection for all who run to Him (Prov. 18:10). Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice… and no one will snatch them out of my hand (John 10:27-28).”

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

– Prov. 14:34

In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.

– Prov. 15:6

The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.

– Prov. 16:4

An oracle is on the lips of a king; his mouth does not sin in judgment.

– Prov. 16:10

The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; whoever guards his way preserves his life.

– Prov. 16:17

An evil man seeks only rebellion, and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

–  Prov. 17:11

Whoever loves transgression loves strife; he who makes his door high seeks destruction.

– Prov. 17:19

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

– Prov. 18:10

A king who sits on the throne of judgment winnows all evil with his eyes.

– Prov. 20:8

The soul of the wicked desires evil his neighbour finds no mercy in his eyes.

– Prov. 21:10

Our Father in Heaven, You are sovereign over kings and empires, large and small. Teach us to walk in Your ways.

The wicked person shows no mercy to his neighbour, but You are the God of mercy and kindness. Lord, there is none other hope, none other hiding place, but You, and so we run to You.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

– Graham Barnes