“Wickedness never brings stability, but the godly have deep roots.” -Proverbs 12:3 NLT
The path of the wicked only leads to destruction. The wicked continue to grow eviler, more contemptuous toward what is good and holy, and their hearts continue to harden. Their deceptive words crush the spirit and they hate discipline. Their mouths spout foolishness. They devise evil schemes. Whatever success they do have is not permanent, and that temporal success costs them their integrity and honor. That temporal success comes at the expense of their character. They are NOT successful according to God’s standards.
The godly, however, are successful by God’s standards. They are deeply rooted in Christ and grounded in the Word of God. They maintain their purity before God. They walk in righteousness, and their words build up and encourage others. The success they have gained in the sight of God and in living for Him is lasting because the godly live by God’s commands and laws; they walk uprightly before God, protecting truth, and keeping up their integrity.
If you want true success that is lasting, then follow God’s ways and live by His standards. Obeying God and doing things His way will always bring about blessings.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, every good and perfect gift is from You. You are my Lord and my God, and my desire is to live for you. Remind me that true success comes by living for You and following Your laws and Your commands. True freedom is found in surrendering to Your will and Your ways, walking in obedience to you. Help me to maintain my integrity and to continue walking uprightly before You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Linda A. Knowles