18 The wicked man does deceptive work,
But he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward.
A man’s lifestyle reflects his heart, and we see in this proverb how the wicked produces work that is meant to deceive. The man who cares little for others will seek to take advantage of them by deception. This can be to hide what he really could be doing, like ripping large amounts of profit from his boss, or just is an effort to do minimal work.
The one who does righteous acts, like instructing his children in the way of God, or standing up for the helpless in his area, is producing something much more worthwhile than the temporary gain of riches. This man will have blessings from God as he remains faithful to Him. While the reward here is not spelled out, we can at least know it’s sure because God is giving it.
19 As righteousness leads to life,
So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.
Do proverbs like this make you squirm uncomfortably whenever you hear them? We can’t just say it’s a standalone verse, either, because I’ve been wading through this kind of verse throughout chapter 11, and there is a wealth of them in Proverbs.
Righteousness is what leads us to the life that is worth living, the one under God. God is righteousness and life itself, so if you want to ‘roll with life’, you must acknowledge the Giver of life.
A life of rebellion is a life of deathly pursuit. The search for satisfaction in the perversions of life is a death wish. Are you running from God? You are running to your own destruction.
All that is said here is true, but I have to admit, even the godliest person on earth is not always blameless and can be guilty of having a perverse thought. Does God consider that and them an abomination? Certainly, but then there is opportunity for repentance and forgiveness by the promise of a Saviour. God cursed David and his family for the Uriah and Bathsheba incident: David’s murder of an Israelite and the adultery with, and marrying of, his wife. David, of whom God said was a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14), was cursed but also had the opportunity to repent and turn back to God.
God delights in those who continually seek Him by His Word and in prayer, and we have a sure way of being blameless before a holy God. His name is Jesus Christ. Amen.
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If it’s because of my writing, I’m sorry. I can be harsh when talking about truth and lies. Hopefully you realise I am trying to be loving as well. I can’t apologise for God’s Word, though. Hopefully you are convicted and call on Christ to be your Saviour and King. Cheers.
Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.