Scripture Reading: Proverbs 12:5-8
“The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.” (Proverbs 12:5-8)
The Holy Spirit governs the thoughts of the righteous, therefore his thoughts are right. When people live close to God, the Holy Spirit puts the thoughts of God into their hearts and minds.
But the person who is controlled by evil spirits, listens to demons talking to him, and he is led astray from the truth. The counsel they receive and give to others therefore, is deceptive because it is not based on truth. It is inspired by Satan, the father of lies.
“The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.” (Proverbs 12:6)
Although wicked men are plotting the destruction of the righteous, they cannot succeed for the Lord has given the righteous person the promise that he shall be delivered.
To be delivered means that he will escape out of the plots and schemes of the wicked one.
But it also tells how he will be delivered, “the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.”
God will put His own words into his mouth, so that he will be able to plead his cause in such a way that he will win the case.
If only lawyers and their innocent clients could realize that the Lord is on their side, they would have this promise that God will put His words into their mouths so that they can prove their client’s innocence!
“The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.” (Proverbs 12:7)
In the Gospels we read the account of how the woman who was caught in adultery was brought by her accusers to Jesus for Him to pass judgment on her. Jesus took one look at them and said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” (John 8:7). They immediately left the scene. Then, turning to the woman, Jesus said to her, “Where are thine accusers?”
The reason Jesus defended the adulteress was because He knew that her accusers were more wicked than she was. They had no love or mercy. And this alone makes a person wicked. It is not by the observance of religious laws one is reckoned as being perfect, but by the attitudes of the heart.
The wicked, who seem so formidable before you today, will not stand the test of time. They shall be overthrown, and you shall see their face no more (Exodus 10:29).
“A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised. “ (Proverbs 12:8)
This word “commended” is halal (1984) in Hebrew. It is the root word from which the word “hallelujah” comes. It means, “to shine, to boast, to celebrate, to give glory, to praise.”
This word is used to give glory to God. How wonderful that man, who walks in the wisdom of God, can share in the halal which is given to the Supreme Being. The wise receive honour and glory from the Lord because they honour God by their conduct. If you live for God He will share His glory with you.
But he that is of a perverse and contrary heart will never know the glory which the righteous man shall one day receive. Instead, he will be despised. Even in Hell, he will be hated by demons and those who once were his friends.
Gems of Wisdom by Gwen Shaw
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