Proverbs 29: King James Bible
Oil and Water – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty nine, Verse 27
27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Oil and Water
I believe that it is demonstrable, that we are truly living in the days where evil has become good, and good evil. What we can witness during any giving week on a national scale, is how it plays out in time.
Not just this nation, but in a relatively short amount of time it seems the entire world has acclimated toward things that are wicked, and have shunned things that are upright. Across the face of the earth right now, there is conflict between people who adhere to wickedness, versus those who reject it.
They mix like oil and water, hence the name of this devotional. This isn’t a new thing though. After all, the verse above is thousands of years old. It just as true then as it is now. The difference is the frequency and the extremity of it all.
Because this verse is crystal clear, and all you have to do to gain a deeper understanding of it is to pay attention to the news of the day (preferably not from the MSM). But as Christians that are supposed to thirst for righteousness and not wickedness, and to love what is good and hate what is evil, but at the same time get the message out to the lost (who are the same who adhere to wickedness or evil), what do we do?
Well, we’re instructed about the company we keep in many places of the Word of God. Not to associate with or partake in the wickedness of the wicked. So what do we do? Not everyone has a come to Jesus moment and strolls up to a Christian wondering how they can be saved.
We need to be heard; get our voices out there and through being wise as serpents and innocent as doves, move through them without being tainted by the world. What that means is simple.
Hate the sin, love the sinner. Make an impression upon someone without Christ through good works and showing the fruit of the Spirit by way of example as best we can. Take no part in their sin. But on the other hand, make it clear why you’ll have no part.
As I mentioned in a previous devotional, Jesus himself hung around and dined with what the pharisees would have considered “wicked” people, because they were unrepentant of their sins. However, if you look closely, none of those who were sinners were practicing their sin in his presence.
I believe that there’s something to be said for that. By hearing the words of Jesus, and being able to examine him practicing the same things he preached, and also bearing witness to what the Lord did through him in terms of miracles, the desire to be near him and hear him out was greater than their desire to be in sin.
At least for those hours spent with him. We don’t know their stories after that.
Though the wicked and the righteous mix like oil and water, Jesus has given us the ability to turn oil into water (figuratively speaking). Through the power of the Holy Ghost, and Christ in us, the hope of glory, we can make such an impression on the wicked to either head for the hills, or eventually find out the worth of repentance, and the salvation of Christ.
This is the point behind being the ambassadors of Christ here on the earth. Can we say to anyone be imitators of us as we are of Jesus? We should all be working toward that end as those who are called by his name.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 7: King James Bible
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Matthew 11: King James Bible
28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Luke 6: King James Bible
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Romans 12: King James Bible
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
1 Thessalonians 5: King James Bible
15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
1 Corinthians 11: King James Bible
1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
Hebrews 5: King James Bible
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
1 Peter 2: King James Bible
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
1 Peter 4: King James Bible
11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Thank you for your Word which brings us clarity, and provokes us to search you out even deeper than before. Bring a clarity into our beings of the black and white division between that which is unjust and wicked, versus that which is just and upright. Help us to shun wickedness and that which you have deemed abominable. At the same time, help us all in our walk, to have such a likeness of you that people decide to have what we’re having, which are the fruits of the Spirit of the Living God at work in us, and through us. All for the benefit of your Kingdom, and your will. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever experienced the futility of mixing together oil and water?