Proverbs 10: King James Bible
The Just and the Wicked – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter ten, Verses 6-7
6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. 7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – The Just and the Wicked
I’d say that verse 7 is fairly self explanatory, wouldn’t you? Our history books are filled with people from around the world that are either revered or deemed infamous.
Biblically speaking, a quick example of this verse proving itself out, would be in the Gospels. For Christians, you get a much different gut feeling (for lack of a better way to put it), when someone brings up the Apostle John, or Peter, than what you’d feel about the mention of Judas Iscariot, or King Herod.
I don’t know of too many people, that should the Lord tarry, and they go by the way of the grave, who wouldn’t want people to think fondly of them. What do you want people to remember you for? Good things, or wickedness?
I’d suppose if your answer was wickedness, you’ve got bigger problems than how people remember you, and should probably introduce yourself to the Lord Jesus now while you can. The funny thing is, this is one of those areas, where the Lord has given us control over.
Strange when you think about it; the Lord giving us control over someone else’s thoughts after we die. Seems kind of science fiction on the surface doesn’t it? Well, this isn’t fiction.
Whatever you do now, be it just or wicked, will be remembered by those around you in the future. This isn’t saying that you’re all people will think of, but there will be times every so often, that you’ll come to someone’s mind. When you do, what manner of person will they be thinking of? What is it that they’ll recall of you?
Will they be reminded of your dedication to the Father? Will they think of your integrity, honesty, moral stance, or any of the various fruits of the Spirit?
Or will they be reminded of bitterness, lawlessness, being either staunch against the Lord, or denying the power thereof? Here’s a reflection question…
If someone were to tell their thoughts of you to the Father, would you be afraid or relieved? The truth is, the Father is with us all the time, regardless of what we’re doing, saying, thinking, or feeling. He’s still there, none of those things make any difference. He’s still there even when you think you’re all by yourself.
And what kind of wonderful things do we put him through, during those times when we don’t think (or care) that the Lord is looking? What I’m getting at is, you’ll make an impact on people’s lives for good or for ill when you’re gone. But those same things, and much, much, more, will be presented to you in front of the Father.
We’re held accountable for every word, every thought. For we who are saved and forgiven through Christ Jesus, there will be many blanked out paragraphs and pages in our heavenly record, and thank God for that! But what’s left will be tried through the fire, and we will receive our reward by whatever survives this trial by fire. But that’s a whole other end of the spectrum of things.
I’d advise that we do our utmost to live by the Word of God, and live the way that the Father has ordained us to live. If we do what’s right by the Lord God, then our memory will be blessed, and we will continue to bless others we’ve left behind, long after we’re doing the happy dance on the streets of gold!
Related New Testament Scripture
Romans 1: King James Bible
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Romans 2: King James Bible
13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.)
Romans 3: King James Bible
4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
Romans 3: King James Bible
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Thank you for being with us through thick and thin, remaining with us, closer than a brother. You are that Friend, and you are that righteous Father. But forgive us when we live the way we shouldn’t, and cause for you to suffer through our foolishness. Teach us to better observe your ever present Spirit, and to live better in all our ways, till we fulfill the first and second commandments without even a thought or prompting to do so. But for it to be incorporated in our hearts forever. All for your glory, so that others can see you through us, your Ambassadors here while you tarry. In the name of Christ Jesus the Lord we pray.
Have you seen any examples of the memory of the just and the wicked impacting someone’s life?
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