Proverbs in 365 Devotions

June 14

Proverbs 11:5 The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.

Wicked Irony

Robin Aylor

Can you see the irony in this proverb?
It is the very sin which promises fulfillment that envelops the wicked. The sin that pledges happiness brings depression; the sins that promise life bring sickness, dread and death.

Yes, the wicked person wants life and happiness and pleasure for sure. The only thing is that he wants his own version of what he thinks these things are… and he wants to obtain them by his own plans.

Oh the joys of his daily sins that will give him all his hearts desires. They promise pleasure, power and riches… enough riches to buy anything else he  desires… even health and long life… He hopes… at least; for these kinds of things down deep in his heart.

Our text says the wicked falls by his own wickedness. Sure, it only takes one sin to taint a mans soul… But that one sin is not satisfied with a single prick on the soul. And the sin taunts the man and pesters him till he gives in again. Soon the person is caught up in a sin and that sin leads to other sins and the more they sin the more they need to fill the craving void it leaves.

Its like scratching an itch even after it begins to bleed and to continue to score it just to satisfy the craving. Sin breeds more and more sin, rotting the body and all the while we still call her our sweet friend.

Its like taking a bath in the hot dirty waters of wickedness; and as our bodies become used to the heat we have to continually add wickedly hotter water until we are bathing in sins deadly flames and don't realize the extent of it.

As we spoke of earlier the wicked want delight and pleasure and happiness… They want to save their life but they want to do it their own way.

Its interesting how Jesus talks about those who seek to save their life.

Luke 9:24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

Throughout Proverbs we see this principal played out in how the righteous man is kind to others and receives a blessing himself while the wicked seeks blessings for himself and it ends in destruction.

Even in relating to salvation we can see how a person might be so obsessed with salvation of their own soul from hell that they never see the beauty of Jesus… they never rejoice in him for who he is. They don’t delight in his glory, they don’t see how he is good news for their soul, they don’t ponder him on their bed and rejoice in all he has done… they don’t rejoice in him for the future although there may be unknowns around every corner.

I know it may seem like we got a little off track from todays text but I still think we have stayed pretty close.

Let me reread it: 5 The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.

We spoke mainly about the wicked who seek happiness by their own devices and they fail miserably… but the person who is blameless in Christ righteousness is lead by his Spirit… And he is one who loves God and his neighbor and is not obsessed with self…. and yet he is the one who finds life and all the joys of God.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.