Proverbs 21: King James Bible
Path to Honor – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verse 21
21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Path to Honor
Above, the Lord has given us a path of instruction, that leads to life, righteous, and honor. Another “how-to” verse, that we should always keep in the forefront of our minds and hearts.
All of the things specified in this verse (for us today), hinge on our relationship and willingness to be obedient to the Lord Jesus, who is Christ and the Son of the Living God.
Without him, there is no righteousness between us and the Father. Without Jesus, we are in no form of right standing with the Lord. There is no if’s and’s or but’s with this one, it’s just the plain truth of the matter.
After all, it is the Lord’s righteousness, or rather, righteousness between we and the Lord, that counts. Because the alternative would be man’s righteousness, which doesn’t amount to a hill of dirty rags in the grand scheme of things.
Having Jesus, and being made righteous in him, we fulfill the verse above as far as finding righteousness and life goes. As we know (or should know), Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
But as the verse above tells us, there is one more ingredient necessary in order to be held in honor. That last bit of instruction includes mercy. To be merciful, because God is merciful.
Notice it doesn’t say, do whatever we think it takes to achieve honor. When we seek out our own glory, and our own honor, it’s most likely out of harboring some sort of pride in our hearts somewhere. If we want honor, we must wait on the Lord to lift us up, rather than being laid low due to a pride ladened fall.
If we’re following after Christ, and have become righteous in him, we’re more likely to seek to be merciful, rather than vengeful. When we become merciful, particularly to those who have never deserved mercy from us, we become that much more like Christ, and the Father takes notice.
Personally, as immediately satisfying earthly honor may seem, I’d imagine that honor given by the Father infinitely outweighs any form of carnal gratification, that’s here today and gone tomorrow. What a profound and humbling thought, that the Creator of the Universe gives honor to anyone at all, considering that he is ultimately and securely far more worthy of all honor, glory, and all forms of praise.
And yet here we are. A simple verse giving us a path of honor, distributed by the Lord himself. To simply follow his instruction and follow after mercy, we can be given honor in such a way that man has no capability to take away or tarnish.
Mercy has many different branches, but is truly an internal heart condition. Some of these branches may be along the lines of forgiveness, charity, helping others in whatever is called for, going an extra mile with someone through a situation, cancelling a debt when it isn’t necessary to do so, etc.. There are many different ways we can show outward expressions of mercy.
In conclusion, if you want to find life, righteousness, and honor, use the path that begins with Christ. After being made righteous and having found righteousness and life, the path to honor is by way of mercy. Praise the Lord for giving us all such an opportunity!
Related New Testament Scripture
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Matthew 6: King James Bible
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 23: King James Bible
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
John 5: King James Bible
44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
John 8: King James Bible
54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.
John 12: King James Bible
26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
John 14: King James Bible
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Thank you for these lessons through your Word and by your Spirit. Help us to always remember them, and to take advantage of every opportunity you present before us, to follow after righteousness and mercy, that we may be all the more pleasing in your sight. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Are you travelling upon the Lord’s path to honor?