PROVERBS 21 “Living GODLY”

God Examines Our Motives

The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.  Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.  To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.  An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.  The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.  The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.  The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.

Do Your Best, Prepare for the Worst

It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.  The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.  When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.  The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.

Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.  A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath. It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.  The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.  The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.  It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.  There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.  He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.  Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.  Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.  The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?  A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.  A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.  There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.  The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.

Solomon gave advice to moral people and warnings to the wicked ones.  If you live a lifestyle that honors GOD, he will reward you.  Stay away from a wick lifestyle as it will lead to your destruction.

This proverbs shows that GOD has the authority over the world and everything/everyone in it.  Remember if your motives of living right is not right, GOD will know.  He knows what’s in your heart, therefore, make sure that your choices in every area of your life aligns with GOD.  If you have issues in realizing that all you do aligns with GOD, ask him for discernment.  When you do something, do it from the heart and not for what you can get from it.

Sometimes listening to others and their mistakes can help in making sure that you don’t make the same, this advice will help you from learning the hard way.  Don’t think you will be exempt from mistakes so take heed to the advice and make a mental note so that if something arises, you will be aware of it.

This proverbs is also about saving for the future.  The desires to have all those things that will send you on a destruction of never having enough money to truly live is not living GODLY.  You can live rich by staying within your means and not trying to please others by having things you can’t afford.  Be GOD pleasing.

Why would you try to bribe people knowing that GOD sees it all and he does not condone that behavior.  GOD wants our complete love, devotion, and heart.

Preparation mean a lot, it is better to always be prepared.  Yes sometimes things happen without notice, however for the most part you can and should be prepared.  GOD will help you to prepare, some people he wants to write a book, to sing, to teach, however, you will need to him guide you.  GOD will help you with the purpose set forth for you but you will need to be willing to learn as well as be prepared.

REMEMBER in order to live that Godly lifestyle is to stay away from pressure and temptations.  You should surround yourself with positive people, places, and things, which will help you with living that life of GOD.  Pray, read, pray again and meditate on the word.  GOD Bless You Much Love

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