What do you want to leave this earth having done? Having a legacy is important for anybody, any-time. All humans want to go down in history as people well thought of and having a good name. Our first saying here is warning those who are so sure of their reputation that they don’t think their attitude to God matters.
For some time at least, everyone who dies has memorable characteristics, and this verse is saying for some their actions and name will come to nothing. There are those who think this life is all they get, and so they hope to leave something worthwhile in their name. These people should pay careful attention to this saying. What makes someone righteous or wicked? Simply this, God decides who is seen as righteous or wicked, and that is based on whether that person is in Him or not. Do you rely on God for all your needs? That will be the decider. What do you remember most of what Adolf Hitler did? What about Martin Luther of the Reformation? Both Germans, both having very different memorials.
We need to be listeners to instruction. To not do so is rejecting what is good for us. To be wise in our own minds is to be foolish, and our rebellious tongue will prove us to be just that. This saying is ‘saying’ we need to be continually willing to learn and obey from those wiser than us. Why is it so hard to sit at the feet of those who deserve our attention? Our selfish pride gets the best of us so often, I think.
The man who cares about his walk in life will guard it well. If he has integrity, that man will ungrudgingly stick with what’s his lot. He doesn’t get dissatisfied with it. It’s not the easy path or the one that will yield fruit straight away, but the alternative is to be laid out to the world as a perverted man. That man’s life is clear for all and who’s inconsistency will be called out and exposed. The man who sticks to his guns will have nothing to answer for, but the man who doesn’t will have a whole lot of questions to deal with. Which do you think is the better way to live? That will define how you yourself live. Amen.
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Note: All scripture is taken from Biblestudytools.com and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.