A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous cannot be moved. – Proverbs 12:3
Reading this verse do you feel, as I felt, that this doesn’t initially seem to be true in life?
We see dictators rise and flourish. We see corrupt businessmen take charge of companies. We see the easily persuaded fooled by schemes.
Since this proverb is God’s Word, however, we have to take it seriously. Lets try to understand what it’s saying and how it can apply to our world.
The basis of what a man believes affects his whole way of living. If he serves the God of the Bible, his trust will be in the ways of God, and his efforts will be for God’s glory.
An idol-worshipper, as in anyone who rejects God, will be engaged in a similar way with his god.
This proverbs seems to be saying those who seek to build security in life without God will have unsure footing. Those who live by God’s Word are promised a grounding that is sure.
I find the man who rejects God ends up finding there is a lot of uncertainty in life and clings to anything that promises to provide security. I’ve seen people trust in Science, their reason, a rampantly evil lifestyle, drugs, or even insurance. As much as they claim they are content and have no worries about death, when pressed I find they may honestly admit to the weakness of such gods.
The person, however, who trusts in the infallible, immovable, and all-powerful God, will claim that although life has it’s uncertainties, their life is secure in God, and it is Him whom they will live and die for.
So can an unbelieving person flourish here on Earth? Well, I believe it is possible, but they’re striving against the wisdom and law of God, on which His creation is built upon. They are bound to fall and time will tell whether that will be in this life or the next.
What can we learn from this?
God is the firm foundation on whom we put our trust. Any other ground is unstable and temporary.
If men have great success in gathering wealth and building godless empires, we have to trust that God laughs at their efforts, as He’s laughed throughout the ages at men doing just that. Egypt fell. Babylon fell. Persia fell. Rome fell. Nazi Germany fell. It is only by God withholding his judgement that such people can still stand nowadays.
We can know that trusting in anything but God is folly and idolatry. See Jeremiah 11:11-12 for what God said to disobedient and distrustful Israel.
Read also Isaiah 31:1-3 here:
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
who rely on horses,
who trust in the multitude of their chariots
and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
or seek help from the Lord.
Yet he too is wise and can bring disaster;
he does not take back his words.
He will rise up against that wicked nation,
against those who help evildoers.
But the Egyptians are mere mortals and not God;
their horses are flesh and not spirit.
When the Lord stretches out his hand,
those who help will stumble,
those who are helped will fall;
all will perish together. (NIV)
Thanks for reading! Pedrozki (Pete)
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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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