VOID OF WISDOM
COMMENTS by Robert
The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them” Proverbs 11:6 “An unjust man is the abomination of the righteous, and he who goes right in his way is the abomination of the wicked“- Proverbs 29:27
The book of Proverbs abounds with sayings which have the sound of truisms, sayings which repeat, with innumerable variations and shades of colouring, that wickedness is an evil, hateful to God and to men, and that righteousness is a blessing not only to the righteous themselves but to all with whom they are connected.
We are disposed to say, surely, no reasonable person can question such an obvious truth. Still, on reflection, we remember that the truth was not perceived by the great religions of antiquity, is not recognized now by the vast majority of the human race, and even where it is theoretically admitted without question is too frequently forgotten in the hurry and the pressure of practical life.
Therefore, there is a good reason why the truism, as we are inclined to call it, should be thrown into the form of maxims, which will find a hold in the memory and readily occur to the mind on trial occasions.
And as we pass in review what Proverbial Religion has to say upon the subject, we shall perhaps be surprised to find how imperfectly we have apprehended the supreme importance of goodness, and how insidiously teachings, which were originally meant to enforce it, have usurped its place and treated it with contempt.
It will begin to dawn upon us that the truth is a truism, not because it is carried out in practice, but only because no one has the fortitude to question it. Perhaps we shall receive some impulse to transform the conviction that we cannot dispute into a mode of conduct that we cannot decline.
Our book is most unflinching in its assertions that, notwithstanding all appearances to the contrary, wickedness is a mistake, a source of perpetual weakness and insecurity, always, in the long run, producing ruin and death. While righteousness is, itself, a perpetual blessing and is weighted with beautiful and unexpected fruits. The very reiteration becomes most impressive.
The appearance of things is indeed different. Hand joins in hand to promote evil [Proverbs 11:21] Men follow out what seems right in their own hearts, evil as they are [Proverbs 14:12,, Proverbs 16:5; Proverbs 25:1-28, Proverbs 21:2]
Success seems to attend them, and one is tempted to envy the sinners, and to fret at their way [Proverbs 23:17; Proverbs 18:1-24,, Proverbs 24:1; Proverbs 24:19] But the envy is misplaced; the evil man does not go unpunished; the wicked are overthrown and are not [Proverbs 12:7]
The way which seemed right in a man’s eyes proves to be the way of death [Proverbs 14:12,, Proverbs 16:25]. A righteous man falls seven times and rises up again; but the wicked are overthrown by calamity, [Proverbs 24:15-16], and the righteous are obliged to look upon their fall [Proverbs 29:16].
Job touches briefly upon the main point now in dispute. His friends maintained that those who are righteous and good always prosper in this world and that none but the wicked are in misery and distress. On the contrary, He said that it is common for the wicked to prosper and the righteous to be greatly afflicted.
Yet there is too much passion in what Job here says, for God doth not afflict willingly. When the spirit is heated with a dispute or discontent, we need to set a watch before our lips.
Remember, these articles are given as warnings from a humble servant as God’s Watchman bringing His warnings to the flock of impending dangers. I pray for all to be covered with Yeshua’s blessings. Be at peace and in faith as you journey forward doing God’s calling and work. As Yeshua said, be as wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove. Times are now, we must all be aware of our surroundings and who we are dealing with. “And Yeshua through the Holy Spirit said unto us, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
In God, we TRUST in all Things.