“Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.” Proverbs 13.6
How many times have we heard a parent say to one of their children, “Now you be a good boy”? What we mean by that is we want them to act right. Our modern culture has a mindset that is somewhat contrary to what God is saying here. We hear phrases like, “Look out for old number one.” Or “Do what you want. It’s your life.” But there is some virtue in living the right kind of life.
Solomon says to us: “Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way … ” Righteousness speaks to how we choose to live our lives. When God looks down on your life or mine, does He see righteous living? Please understand that this is not a call to perfection, but rather a call to living above reproach. Peter records these words in 1 Peter 2.11-12: “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 Having your conversation (manner of living) honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evil doers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” I hear Peter saying, “If they are going to speak bad about you, they are going to have to make it up.”
In contrast to how we are to live, Solomon gives a commentary on those who are lost: “but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.” Here is what we know. God expects His children’s lives to be significantly different from the lives of those who do not know Christ. He is not calling us here to a life of weird behavior, or dress, or attitude, but rather He is calling us to a life that is marked by obedience to God and His Word. If this is how we are living, those in the world WILL know there is a difference.
As a person of wisdom, Solomon is calling us to a life that gives God free access to our body, our spirit, and our mind. Such a life will bring God the glory He deserves through our lives. Just my thoughts …