Proverbs 12: King James Bible
Pathway of Righteousness – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twelve, Verses 26-28
26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbor: but the way of the wicked seduceth them. 27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious. 28 In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Pathway of Righteousness
Above, we see three different verses that all run in the same vein. That would be, the nature of one type of person, against the ways or nature, of a different type of person.
The small phrase used in verse 28 caused for me to remember, that much of what we’ve covered up to this point (which is the final devotional for chapter 12), is a tale of two paths. One would be the path that the Lord has created for us, otherwise known as the path of the righteous. The other, is the path that Satan, through the temptations of this world working against the sin nature of man, has prepared, otherwise known as the path of wickedness.
If you haven’t been following along since the beginning of these devotionals, you may want to check out some of the previous editions. We’ve covered many of the pro’s and con’s concerning both of these paths.
For Christians, the goal is to stay on the path of righteousness, because that’s where we are in the Lord’s perfect will. Right where he wants us (and created us) to be. Should we be doing this correctly, those who are not on the path that the Lord has prepared for them, and is currently cruising down the road that leads to torment, will take notice, and Lord willing, see that the Lord’s way is always better.
But there are those who revel in their wickedness. They scoff at the pathways of righteousness, and those who traverse along them. They are the wicked, a class all their own.
They are living out their reward, as going backwards. And their end is just as sure as the end of the righteous. The wages of sin is death, and sin is the currency of the wicked.
The Word tells us that the wicked can’t rest, until they cause another to stumble. As the scripture above says,”the way of the wicked seduceth them.”
Simply enough, the righteous takes comfort in taking part in pulling someone out of the fire, via introduction to Christ Jesus. Just the opposite, one from the other.
There’s a spiritual war going on around us all the time. There are things that matter spiritually, which we’ll never even know about until we die, or until the veil’s been lifted. For us who are Christians, the way should be crystal clear, that is, if we’re doing what the Lord says to do, and seeking out the Father to reveal, and wash whatever fault he may see in us out, instead of tolerating nagging iniquities.
The Lord has fully prepared the way of righteousness clear as day before us. It’s our responsibility to waver not.
Related New Testament Scripture
Romans 4: King James Bible
19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Matthew 16: King James Bible
27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
Colossians 3: King James Bible
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Thank you for your guiding hand that keeps us on the pathway of righteousness. Lift us all up Father, so that those who you’ve foreseen to be called by your name can see us, and be inspired and stirred to find you, and call upon the name of the Lord for Salvation. Thank you for your Spirit, and for your grace that you’ve shed upon us, and may more be entered into your fold. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Are you aware that there are several people who take notice, as you walk uprightly down the pathway of righteousness?