Bible Reading: Proverbs 12.1-12
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid. 2 A good man will obtain favor from the Lord, But He will condemn a man who devises evil. 3 A man will not be established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous will not be moved. 4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones. 5 The thoughts of the righteous are just, But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. 6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, But the mouth of the upright will deliver them. 7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand. 8 A man will be praised according to his insight, But one of perverse mind will be despised. 9 Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant Than he who honors himself and lacks bread. 10 A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel. 11 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who pursues worthless things lacks sense. 12 The wicked man desires the booty of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit. Proverbs 12.1-12
Those of us in the Dallas area, know only too well the importance of a sound foundation. Our predominately clay soil expands and contracts as the weather swings from hot and dry to near monsoon rainy periods. We recently had to sure up our foundation by adding over a dozen reinforced piers around the back of our home, at a considerable expense. Without repairs the cracks in the foundation would continue to lead to other problems, and even more costly future repairs.
Our spiritual lives also need to be built upon a sound foundation. In this portion of Proverbs, we see that the righteous man is rooted and grounded in truth that cannot be moved (vs. 3). This type of person will look to God for instruction and correction and will in turn find favor from the Lord (vs, 1-2). A wife with a good understanding of God’s truth will love, honor, and obey her husband, as if she were a crown on his head (vs. 4). A righteous man centers his thoughts on God’s word, meditating on truth day and night so that his words, and superior insights will bring praise and protection for himself and those around him. His family tree will enjoy a sound foundation as he passes on truth, and stands firm regardless of the circumstances of life (vs. 7). He works hard to provide for the needs of his family and never is in need of food (vs. 12). The good foundation will yield fruit for the righteous man even in his later years (Prov. 12:12, Ps 92:14).
I don’t know about you, but I long to be a man who builds his life on a firm foundation, rooted and grounded first in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and then by obeying His word. How different is the righteous man from those who exchange the truth of God for a lie and live a life of wickedness. Ps 1 says that the wicked lack a good root system. “They are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment” (Ps 1:4,5).
Lord, help us to be rooted and grounded in the things that will remain forever, as we live a life that is pleasing to you today. Thank you for the righteousness we have in Christ. Help us to abide in Him today.
Memory Verse: Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. Proverbs 12.1