A good man obtains favor from the Lord,
But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn. – Proverbs 12:2
If you were to step into God’s throne room with a request, how would you do it, and how much would you expect a positive response?
This is ruler of the universe I am talking about, so surely there is some protocol necessary to come before Him.
What if I told you that God knows what you’ve ever done and ever will do, and your every thought?
Since God is holy and sees people in all their inglorious wretchedness, including all their inner thoughts and intentions, it’s hard to see how anyone can receive anything from God!
God is everything you’d expect of a good and fair king, and treats His human creation as He sees them, taking into account their actions and intent.This proverb speaks of God measuring a man’s thoughts and actions, choosing either to bless or curse.
God sees the evil thoughts of a man, and condemns his actions, even if they are seen as good by the world. God is not fooled by the facade of showy deeds but discerns a man’s intent.
The man who acts with evil intent is said to receive nothing but judgement. If this is true, and our intentions are being measured, God condemns a lot of people! This condemnation could be a rebuttal to a person’s prayers or a choice to hold off blessings of well-being or consistent work. It could also be speaking of condemnation on Judgement Day, when all things are measured before a just and good God.
The “good” man is merely the one who trusts in God and is faithful in what he has been given, and who serves God with right motives. He seeks God and His goodness, trusting alone in His merciful nature. The good man is not perfect, but is pressing towards God, and therefore receives His favour. A man who is faithful to God and seeks to love others and God, will receive favour from Him, just as a human king will bless a treasured servant. This favour could be the gift of joy in serving God, or it could be a blessing of answered prayer, or it could be the words, “Welcome, faithful servant into my Kingdom.”
Now, what can we learn from this?
It’s plain enough to work out if God judged our thoughts and actions fairly by His law, we would be condemned as people of evil intent. After all, is there anyone who can claim to be a truly faithful servant of the LORD? We all stumble as humans, and as Psalm 14:3b says, “There is none who does good, no, not one.”
We can echo what Psalm 15:2b says: “My goodness is nothing apart from You.” We can only have goodness through Jesus Christ, for our righteousness comes to nothing on God’s scales. Because of Christ we have full favour from our Heavenly Father, and He “has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)” To be outside Christ is to be condemned, without His saving power and absolute goodness. There is no life aside from Him.
So in answer the first question I asked, I believe we have to enter God’s throne room with Jesus Christ as our mediator. Check out scripture on this in Hebrews 12:18-28, which is a picture of God’s throne room. Peace be with you.
Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!
Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is either the New King James Version or New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A.Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.
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