Proverbs in 365 Devotions

May 21

Proverbs 10:6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Carry But

Don't Conceal Jesus

Robin Aylor

In some states within the US there is a law called “Conceal and Carry" which allow people to carry fire arms out of sight on their person for protection. (Of course there has to be courses taken and background checks or whatever a particular state requires to make sure they know what they are doing and are not a criminal…

In everyday life a wicked man can conceal his inner motives with deceptive words… but he does not need a conceal and carry permit.

This person may smile and flatter; even brag on others. He knows people are self centered and so he uses that to his advantage. He may have a way with words.

He offers his delicacies, while at the same time concealing how he might use another for his own selfish gain. A self centered man has a goal where the end purpose is his own exaltation over the very ones he conceals his motives from.

With that being said, a wicked heart cannot be concealed forever; the violence it carries always finds its way to the surface.

The selfish well in his heart bubbles up and flows sometimes like a rushing river out of mouth with cutting words and they move into his feet taking him where he should not go and they flow out of his arms to do evil deeds.

In Luke 6:45 Jesus said this: The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

The righteous man does not hide what is in his heart with deceptive words for personal gain.

He is blessed by God with forgiveness, acceptance and peace and love and out of that love he blesses others.

In Matthew 5 beginning with verse 14 Jesus also said this:
Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Father may we not conceal the love you showed us in Jesus. May we delight in your forgivness and share the reason Jesus is good news for the world with great boldness, confidence, clarity, joy and love.