Proverbs 11: King James Bible
Recompense – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter eleven, Verses 30-31
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. 31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Recompense
He that winneth souls is wise… Someone who is unwise, wicked, or a sinner unsaved, can’t win a soul, but can instead do just the opposite. They can veer someone away from the Lord, and somehow, take them down a different path of sin.
Righteousness tends to life, as the verse above says, a tree of life is the fruit of righteousness. An apple tree yields apples. Pear trees yield pears. The righteous yields life, and the wisdom gained by our right standing with the Father (righteousness), has the influence in order for us to be able to lead someone to salvation.
When you have an unrighteous person trying to win souls, hypocrisy inevitably diverts attention to itself in one way or the other. When the righteous sets out to win souls, there’s nothing to see but Christ in us, the Hope of Glory. There’s no gorilla in the room, such as unrighteousness, there to draw attention unto itself.
Verse 31 is a two edged promise. It is something for the righteous to look forward to, and cleave to with great anticipation. But on the other hand, it is something that the wicked should be horrified over, and fear being in the hands of an angry God.
The righteous “shall be recompensed in the earth.” This is a pre Heavenly promise, active while we’re here on the earth. Let’s take a look at the word recompense and get a little excited. Definition via Dictionary.com
1. to repay; remunerate; reward, as for service, aid, etc.
2. to pay or give compensation for; make restitution or requital for (damage, injury, or the like).
3. to make compensation for something; repay someone: no attempt to recompense for our trouble.
Nobody who serves the Father, is promised a cushy, comfy, easy life; without issues or problems that may arise. In fact, we’re promised the opposite. We’re told that the world will hate us, persecute us, smear us, even kill us.
We are Ambassadors serving the government of Heaven, in hostile territory. We’re in this world, not of it. Because of that, the world will hate us. It is a fallen place, run and ruled by the Prince of the powers of the air, Satan himself, along with his fallen angelic cohorts, and a countless horde of demonic forces, influencing all that takes place in this world and it’s fallen systems.
So the righteous will be hammered on for their righteousness, which is easily demonstrated even today. But for all that the thief steals, when caught, must repay seven fold. The Father sees the things we go through for righteousness sake, and for the cause of Christ.
The Father promises us that “he shall.” Not “he might,” or “he’ll consider.” He shall is a promise that “he will,” recompense us for the sufferings under the cause of righteousness. Our God is a faithful Father, who is not a man that he should lie, or go back on his promises to his children. We should all be thankful for that.
Related New Testament Scripture
2 Corinthians 9: King James Bible
10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
Ephesians 5: King James Bible
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Philippians 1: King James Bible
11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Hebrews 10: King James Bible
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
Revelation 2: King James Bible
7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Thank you for your Word, and for leading us to this promise that you’ve so generously given. Father, we seek your kingdom and your righteousness, and pray that should you find us worthy, lead us however you’ve anointed us to do, to save souls. If we’re unsure how to do that, please give us the wisdom, both of heart and mind, to be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. All for your glory and for your kingdom we pray these things. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever heard teaching, that promises that God will recompense for things that have been done outside of his service?