Proverbs 15: King James Bible
Heart of the Righteous – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fifteen, Verses 28-29
28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. 29 The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Heart of the Righteous
In verse 28, we’re dealing with what I’ve often been accused of in the past, which would be the mouth overriding the brain. This verse, is given for us to reflect on, and to consider our own heart condition.
There is a reason that the first verse above mentions the heart of the righteous vs the mouth of the wicked. Actually, it is the exact opposite to what we covered in a recent devotional earlier in this chapter titled “Thoughts of the Wicked.”
In that devotional, the Lord compared the words of the righteous, against the thoughts of the wicked. Here, it’s the words of the wicked, against the heart of the righteous. I don’t know about you, but to me, that’s interesting.
The Lord wants us to be righteous, and has given us access to the right ingredients, so that we may become righteous. That is necessary, because there is no such thing as a naturally righteous person. At least not since Christ Jesus walked the shores of Galilee.
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We’ve been blessed by the Lord, with the best gift ever made available to mankind, which is salvation through the Son of the Most High God. Only through him are we made righteous before the Lord.
Only through him, do we have a chance. Without him, we’re spiritually dead, and have no right-standing with the Father. I said all of this, so that we’re all on the same page, about who the righteous is (or may become) in the verses above.
How we behave and react is initially up to us. It is on us to allow the Holy Ghost to do his work, when we’ve come to the realization that we’re behaving against the way the Father would rather we behave.
It’s that whole free will thing. The Holy Ghost will not do anything aside from opening our eyes, without our own initial will to make a change. When we’ve realized where we’re in err, we talk to the Father about it, and seek out his guidance and help. From there, we’ve given the green light for the Holy Spirit of the Lord to do whatever it takes to lead us into meaningful change.
This is a process that the believer needs to initialize, through their own personal heart or spiritual evaluation. Whatever the Lord opens our eyes to, when we hold ourselves against the Word of God, is just the beginning of a process.
That process is to get into the “heart of the righteous” category, and out of the “mouth of the wicked” category. Because the contents of the heart flows through the mouth, be it wickedness or righteousness.
As I said earlier, it is the will of the Lord for us to be righteous, which leads us to the following verse. The way I see it, verse 29 is akin to wrapping all this up with a bow.
Why does he want us to be righteous? Because he wants us closer to him. He is far away from the wicked, and that’s not his plan for us. But he is so close to the righteous, he will hear, or answer, their prayers. What a God we serve!
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Matthew 6: King James Bible
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Matthew 12: King James Bible
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
Matthew 15: King James Bible
8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Matthew 15: King James Bible
18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Thank you for your will concerning our lives! That one such as yourself, would even give thought to people such as ourselves. Your will for us is far better than we deserve, and we thank you for your mercy, longsuffering, and kindness. Should any of us have a problem with our mouths overriding our brain or hearts, open our eyes to it, and begin a process to cause for us to weigh words righteously, according to your Word. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you taken any steps toward allowing the Father, to grant you the heart of the righteous?