Proverbs 21: King James Bible
Wisely Consider – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verse 12
12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Wisely Consider
From a certain point of view, this is a throwback to yesterdays devotional. However, the focus isn’t on the transition of going from simple to wise, but the difference between the actions of God and those of the righteous.
There are people out there, who have deemed themselves fit to bring God’s judgement down on people. We’ve spoken about this before in several different devotionals gone by. This verse makes it abundantly clear, what the roles are, and the line that is drawn.
The closer we come to that line between considering and overthrowing, the less righteous we become. We will not maintain right standing with the Lord, when we decide to think we’re qualified to take from him, that which he’s reserved for himself to do.
Remember, it all starts with the heart. When Lucifer was punted out of Heaven, and fell to the earth like lightning, it was because of what he thought in his heart. The Lord had all good things to say about him, but then a tragic word pops up after the Father gives him all kinds of acalainds. The word is “till;” Till iniquity was found in him.
Learn more about this happening in the post about the Origin of Satan, found in the Spiritual Warfare section.
When we start to look down our nose at others, and decide what their spiritual destiny is going to be, or drop the hammer of judgement down on someone, who are we really emulating? By thinking that we’re qualified to take God’s vengeance and disperse it, who is it that you think we’re reminding the Lord of?
I can tell you with certainty, that it isn’t Jesus. There are reasons that the Lord gives us throughout the entirety of his Word, that explain to us why he wants us to do things, or not do things. He explains what we’re allowed or sanctioned to do, and he sets the barriers to what we’re not given the right to play with.
When we cross that line in our hearts, and begin to play with ideas of taking what belongs to the Lord, such as judgement upon man and vengeance (to name a few), a seed of iniquity becomes planted.
Fortunately for us humans, we’re under a different set of rules than the angelic beings are. None of us would make it past childhood were that not the case. We’ve been given a gift of repentance, especially since the first coming of Christ Jesus.
But even though we’ve got space for repentance, and new life in Christ Jesus, the Lord will take back what is his and punish those who try to take it outside of his will. Nobody but the Father is qualified to do anything that he has not sanctioned man to take part in.
So when we see what the righteous man above is doing, wisely considering the house of the wicked, he is learning, he is making assessments of what has caused the state of that house, he is noticing things to avoid, perhaps assessing how it can be repaired, and watching to see what the Lord is going to do.
All of these things can be incorporated into his walk with the Lord to draw upon, in order to avoid his own house to fall into that state. Also, he can use it in the future to lend either warning or aid to someone who might be found leading into such a state. To be better equipped to pull them from the fire with the aid of the Father before he deems it necessary to overthrow their house in his judgement.
But the wrath, the judgement, the overthrowing of the wicked because of their wickedness belongs to the Lord. It’s best not to steal from anyone, but is flat out crazy to think it’s alright to steal from the Father.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 7: King James Bible
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
Luke 6: King James Bible
36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
John 8: King James Bible
50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.
John 12: King James Bible
47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
Romans 12: King James Bible
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Thank you for your wisdom, and your kindness toward all of us. Thank you also, for your instruction given to us through your Word. Please help us to recognize the authority you’ve given all of us through Christ Jesus as citizens of Heaven, and set a guard upon our hearts so that we never cross the line that takes us outside of the authority given. All so that we serve you better, and not cause unnecessary damage. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Are you quick to judge, or do you wisely consider a matter?
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 18 P. 251 – Valley of Decision
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 17 P. 238 – The Bribe
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 11 P.124 – Wise of Heart
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 21 P. 299 – Justice and Judgement
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 10 P.105 – Righteous and the Wicked