Bible Reading: Proverbs 21.21-26
He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor. 22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty And brings down the stronghold in which they trust. 23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles. 24 “Proud,” “Haughty,” “Scoffer,” are his names, Who acts with insolent pride. 25 The desire of the sluggard puts him to death, For his hands refuse to work; 26 All day long he is craving, While the righteous gives and does not hold back.
What are you pursuing after? Solomon says there is great good and gain in pursuing righteousness and loyalty (love). Our lives should be marked by what is right (ie, God’s will) and love (21.21). When that is our pursuit we truly live and our blessed. Many though will give their life to having strength, power and success. Better than any of that is wisdom, not just knowledge but wise living (21.22).
The right pursuit after the Lord and His will must include some guarding as well. We must guard our mouth and the words we use. When we do we keep our life and soul from trouble (21.23). So, let us not be prideful, boastful, arrogant or hurtful (21.24). Instead let us by our words and actions build a good reputation that ultimately honors the Lord.
Our continued pursuit after the Lord impacts our work as well (21.25). Work is a big deal to God and something we should do with great diligence and passion. If we choose to be lazy, not work and not willing to work at all it could lead eventually to death. One must be willing to work for by it we provide for ourselves and others. The righteous are to work hard unto the glory of God and they have not only money to care for their needs and their family, but they also can help others who are in need (Proverbs 21.26; Ephesians 4.28).
Passionately pursue God and His heart today.
Memory Verse: Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22.6