Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 11:23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good, the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
Do You Like A Story
With A Good Ending?
Whether it’s a book, movie or TV show, I don’t know of anyone who actually likes a bad ending to a story. Usually a bad ending I think would entail evil somehow winning out at the end of the day… Those kinds of stories don’t seem to sell at the box office. What if an evil ruler with his army conquers a just king and his kingdom?… then this new evil ruler kills the just king and takes his beautiful daughter to be his wife… if he then tortures the people of the kingdom and they live unhappily ever after… and finally the words appear… THE END… and the credits roll… No! No! I don’t know any stories like that.
We even like those fast action packed movies where someone is out for blood bringing vengeance to someone who killed their spouse… Even though we know vengeance is wrong we also realize judgment day won’t likely be written into the script… And so we hope for justice. We are not satisfied until good wins and evil dies or at least get’s locked up… I think justice ties up all the loose ends because deep inside God created us all with a moral compass.
Still yet for some crazy reason, in real life the wicked person decides to go ahead and follow his heart. All his desires for pleasure, wealth, power and prestige get him out of bed every morning and urge him on at work. His passions fuel his mind as he’s driving down the road… His appetite spurs him to look forward certain television programs, his private time on the computer, the weekend and nights on the town.
For some strange illogical “I’ve lost my marbles type reason” he seems to think that though his life story will include stepping on people throughout his life; pushing them off the ladder as he climbs up it seeking his own exaltation… Even so, he has told himself this time the story is going to end with the bad guy winning... "That's me getting everything I ever wanted and I will be the one that lives happily ever after".
Look… The one true King walked in fellowship with mankind. Remember he walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the Garden. Then an evil leader named satan came with temptation and brought sin into the world. And with sin, everyone and all creation was broken by sin and satan only wanted evil for man. Then, the True King walked among men again by sending his only Son inviting people once more to fellowship with God. He came to redeem the people chosen for him before the foundation of the world to be his bride… but they killed him on a cross and he was buried. The evil leader must have thought his armies had won. The true and just King was now dead… But as satan and his cronies waited… and waited... and waited... the credits did not roll. "The End" never appeared on the screen. Guess what... the evil one would not live happily ever after.
The best stories, even the best true story does not end like that.
You see, on the third day Jesus Christ arose from the grave!!! He gave his life and then defeated death and the power of sin that he might give his righteousness to his bride making her pure and holy… able to fight sin while in this world and then raise her up incorruptible to be with him forever…
Truth is… his resurrection was not the end; however, "The End" along with the "happy ever after" has already been written.
As our text indicates, the expectation of the wicked will end in wrath and the righteous ends only in good.
Revelation 20:10 says: and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. …15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
This is a good story with a good ending for those who have been gifted the righteousness of Jesus.
Justice will be delivered, good will win and evil will loose.
We also know who will be in the credits on every line.
As Jude 1:25 says: All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.