Proverbs 12: King James Bible
Deceitful Imagination – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twelve, Verses 20-21
20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace is joy. 21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Deceitful Imagination
The beginning of the first verse above, brings into remembrance what we can find in the book of Genesis:
Genesis 6: King James Bible
5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
And the rest is history, by way of a flood. When you read verse 20 from Proverbs, don’t you see a resemblance to what’s in Gen 6? There are many more reasons that the Lord wiped the slate clean, but he makes sure to tell us (twice), about the imaginations of the heart.
If you think you can’t have an impact on the Father’s day, well, take a look at Genesis 6:6. It grieved him in his heart. Later on in the New Testament, we’re told not to grieve the Spirit. We can indeed grieve the Lord, and we should be careful not to do so.
He loves us, died for us, created us, and yet we’re the ones with our hands out to get more from him. Not making any judgement, I do the same. The least we can do in my opinion, is figure out how not to grieve the Creator of the entire universe. Doesn’t that sound reasonable?
One way that this piece of scripture advises us to avoid that, is to be a counselor of peace. Shouldn’t we me masterful in that arena? After all, we’ve got the Prince of Peace as our head! This is done by following through with our relationship with the Lord, learning his word, and doing it.
When we do these things, it’s amazing how reactions, words, feelings, and our overall surroundings, can change for the better. That doesn’t mean that the old torn up couch is going to turn into a class A leather sofa. But it does mean that the air around you changes for the better, and is tangible to those around us.
We bring peace into situations where there is no peace. Or, we prepare the way for the peace, as we stride around wearing the boots of the preparation of the Gospel of Peace (Boots of Peace). Reject mischief and be just, according to the Word of the Lord. I’ve never met anyone who regretted doing so.
Related New Testament Scripture
Luke 1: King James Bible
51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
Romans 1: King James Bible
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
2 Corinthians 10: King James Bible
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Hebrews 3: King James Bible
10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
Hebrews 3: King James Bible
17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness?
Thank you for your instruction, and the clarity of your Word. We lift you up and praise you for all that you have done for all of us. Help us Father, to avoid doing that which grieves you, and rather, cause for us to please you each and every day. May we all put a smile on your face we ask. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
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