Proverbs 21: King James Bible
It is Joy – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verse 15
15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – It is Joy
It’s right to do what’s right, at the right time to do it, right? The just don’t seem to have a problem using good judgement, and for that I would blame the Lord.
I say that, because there are none who are just or rather justified, in the eyes of the Lord, without being the Lord’s in the first place. There is a worldly standard by which others may deem someone just, but we are not going by worldly standards, but the Lord’s.
The Lord does enjoy when his children use good and sound judgement. As we’ve gone through in the past, this isn’t to mean being judgemental, or judging someone. Rather, it is a rule by which decisions are made.
Whether or not someone is using good or bad judgement, concerning every sort of matter that may come their way. It is a joy for someone who’s just, because of the outcome. When you use good judgement, particularly by the standard of the Word of the Lord, the outcome is always for the better, not the worse.
Above, we are given a stark contrast between the just, and a mischievous character introduced to us called the worker of iniquity. The verse above doesn’t say anything about what brings this person joy or sorrow. It only gives us insight to their end.
Destruction is the end result of their efforts. Why? Well, there is an enormous difference, between harboring an iniquity, and being a worker of iniquity.
When iniquity becomes your way of life, and when you feel a sense of purpose to share and spread that iniquity, you’re by definition a worker of iniquity. Jesus has a few things to say about the workers of iniquity, and I’d like to invite you to check out a page done up on this subject called, “I Never Knew You.”
Many (if not all of us at one time or another) have, or still do harbor iniquities. These are things that are handled by the Lord in two different ways. First, is everyone’s hope, which would be a miraculous tearing out of that iniquity, never to be an issue again. This does happen, and praise God for that!
But, the second way, is by the washing of the water of the Word of God. The Word literally uproots and replaces that iniquity by the gentle hand of the Holy Ghost. The difference is that this method tends to take some time, and dedication by the believer.
When the Lord uses the second method, you tend to not notice the difference that is being made personally, because it’s akin to being acclimated out of the iniquity and into righteousness. Others would tend to notice a change before that particular person would.
On both counts, it is on us to repent and stay true with the Father concerning these things. It’s on us to confess our sins to him, and work with him in order to be rid of the iniquity.
As the verse above makes perfectly clear, it is far better to be just and be filled with joy when using good judgement, than the destruction awaiting the worker of iniquity.
Related New Testament Scripture
44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
2 Thessalonians 2:
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Thank you for the power and the goodness that is made available to us through your Word. May it ever wash and cleanse us of anything that is unbecoming of the people of the Lord. Rout any iniquities that may be found in each of us, and replace it with righteousness, and a joy in well doing. Cause for us to be just, as you are just. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Were you aware that it is joy, and joy abundantly to do things the way the Lord has prescribed?
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