The thoughts of the righteous are right,
But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. – Proverbs 12:5
A man’s deliberations start in his mind, and then are later spoken, and this proverb deals with two types of men and their different thoughts. The righteous man is said to have thoughts that are right. Before a person like this even acts, they are said to have considered ideas rightly and in a godly way. The wicked person is said to have an opposite way of thinking, one of evil and deceit.
Where do these different thought-lives come from? Do some people just naturally favour good or evil thoughts?
Well Psalm 14 (links to Bible Gateway) tells us that when God surveys the world He sees only corrupt people on the face of earth, with the exception of His people, the righteous. So this righteousness is found in those who are following God in the way He has said to. Back in that time, that would mean following God as the nation of Israel had been taught.
It follows then that a person’s nature and thoughts depend on their knowledge of and relationship with God. To be declared righteous they need to seek after God’s ways in His Word and trust in His mercy daily.
A person seeking after God probably won’t always have a righteous thought, yet he will love God’s Word and his thoughts will change to be more godly each day.
However, the man who disregards God, who says the LORD does not exist, has no moral obligation or desire to be godly. He will plan to do whatever suits him and furthers his good lot in life. This means he will consider how to manipulate and deceive people in order to get his way.
So what can we learn from this proverb?
God is the source of all goodness, wisdom, and righteousness. If we want to think in a way that honours God and helps our fellow man, we must rely on God’s Word and the Holy Spirit to change us. Seek after God through Jesus Christ, and your whole life will be aligned rightly.
God bless you. Thanks for reading! Pedrozki (Pete)
I’ve written about a similar passage here: Good Desire, Bad Desire – Proverbs 11:23
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.
Main image is courtesy of Mr Tickle – Wachoo Wachoo Tribe Congressman and the “More Reading” image is courtesy of Vermont Historical Society / Flickr – Creative Commons