Proverbs 11: King James Bible
What to Sow – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter eleven, Verses 18-19
18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward. 19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – What to Sow
The deceitful work of the wicked, isn’t speaking to the full frontal dastardly deeds that one would associate with wicked people. Running up to your car and slashing your tires for example, isn’t considered a deceitful work.
On the other hand, overcharging for something with bogus excuses to do so, causing problems under the guise of solving them, or deliberately misleading someone to believe a lie, could be a few good examples of working a deceitful work.
Definition courtesy of Dictionary.com
the act or practice of deceiving; concealment or distortion of the truth for the purpose of misleading; duplicity; fraud; cheating:
Once she exposed their deceit, no one ever trusted them again.
an act or device intended to deceive; trick; stratagem.
the quality of being deceitful; duplicity; falseness:
Thinking about this, the worst offenders would those who propagate false religions. Leading someone into financial, even physical ruin is one thing, but leading someone down the path that will inevitably dump into eternal damnation, is a whole different issue.
To knowingly work a deceitful work, is to pursue evil in the eyes of the Lord. And as the scriptures above say, it is to their own death. As we’ve seen in scriptures past, we send ourselves to our everlasting eternal home.
We either decide to follow God’s plan of salvation through Christ Jesus, or we don’t. We either do things the Father’s way, or we do things our way. One leads to righteousness in the eyes of the Father, the other is wickedness in the eyes of the Father.
Because of all that the Father has established, in order to make salvation simple, we are without excuse when we stand before the Lord, should we go by way of the grave. Through Christ, we are made to be righteous by faith.
So, being righteous before the Father, being possible through Christ Jesus, we can sow righteousness in all that we decide to do while in obedience to him. This is the other side of the coin of the scriptures above.
Righteousness tends to life, and has a sure reward. And that reward will not rust, bust, or collect dust! Sometimes we reap what we sow in righteousness here on earth, but the real reward awaits us who are in Christ Jesus, with the package that the Father has prepared for us when we get home!
God is faithful, and oh, what a Father we have!
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Matthew 5: King James Bible
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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.
Acts 17: King James Bible
31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
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.
Thank you for your Word, and for your Son, Christ Jesus the Lord. You tell us the variety of things that you’d like for us to sow in righteousness. Please Lord, should we be tempted to deal deceitfully, remind us of our reward for doing so, so that we may be reminded to resist the temptation to sin, and instead deal justly, and in righteousness. This we pray that we may serve you better, and please you more often. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever been placed in a position of temptation, where you’re not quite sure what to sow?
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