Friday, May 13, 2011
May 13th – Proverbs 13: What You Seek, Seeks YOU!
“Evil pursues sinners, but to the righteous good shall be repaid.” – Proverbs 13:21
I spend a decent amount of time with unbelievers. Lots of folks reach out to me when things are going bad and I’m more than happy to do whatever I can to get them back on the straight and narrow. Then there are the many sinners that I pursue, actually going to them in their neighborhoods, etc. No matter how many years I have under my belt doing this, I am always amazed at the complete and utter devastation that sin can wreak on a person’s life. But I have also noticed that calamity and trouble seems to come after them in a way that it does not people walking with the Lord. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.
This scripture says that evil PURSUES the sinner. Another way you could translate that is: misfortune, adversity, calamity, sorrow, trouble and misery runs down, hunts and persecutes the guilty. It’s a terrible sight to behold as thing after thing comes on these poor people. As they run FROM God, calamity and heartache runs AFTER them. They don’t understand the importance of the shelter of the Most High:
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” – Psalm 91:1
Conversely, the righteous are compensated or repaid with goodness! As they pursue the ultimate good, God, goodness and mercy is returned to them. We really do reap what we sow! As we pursue good, we find goodwill!
“He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.” – Proverbs 11:27
The sinner may not think of it this way. Most sinners seem to think they are good people that “fall” into sin. But in reality, sinners are ones that seek out sin. No one gets drunk because a bottle of booze “falls” into their throat! No, they have to get up, get dressed, get in the car, GO to the liquor store, buy the booze and then drink it… ALL! There isn’t one person who has truly “fallen” into sexual sin. No, you have to find someone else to do it with, convince them to do it with you, find a place to do it and then actually DO IT! At ANY point on that list you could bail out, realizing that you are SINNING! It doesn’t connect with many unbelievers that as they pursue sin, they are also pursuing its ugly cousin, calamity and destruction. They both come from the same Father, the devil!
In the same way, I don’t think that believers are conscious enough that when they pursue the ultimate good, GOD, they are also pursuing everything He IS. Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost are just the start! When you pursue Jehovah, the great I AM, you pursue everything He IS. He IS Provision. He IS Peace! He IS THE Truth! He IS our LIFE! You reap what you sow!
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” – Galatians 6:7-8
Seek God and you will be run down with blessings! Seek sin and evil will run YOU down!