Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 28
Verse 4: “Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but such as keep the law contend with them.”
When it comes to the Kingdom of God and the citizens of that Kingdom, peace is our anthem. However, this does not mean we have peace with everyone. Those who surrender to the King have peace from and with God, but not peace with the world. Those who are faithful to the King will have conflict with those who oppose the King. Today’s “gold nugget” says, “Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but such as keep the law contend with them.” In this verse we see the polar opposite responses to those who practice wickedness. Often the praise, endorsement or approval of wicked people is an attempt to find harmony with those that God himself does not have harmony with.
It is best if we come to terms with a difficult, but important truth. Consider Jesus' words in Matthew, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” (Matthew 10:34-37) The hard truth is, we can desire to have peace with everyone, but we must not cower nor compromise His expectations to achieve peace with those who practice wickedness.
Lord, you didn’t enlist me in an army made of weaklings. Our cause is constantly under attack and must be defended. Give me the boldness to stand against those that practice wickedness, lest others be carried away with their folly. Amen
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