Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.
Two Of Mans Favorite Delights
Here we see two types of individuals with opposing plans. One plans his way to the top at his job or with his friends by lying his and and double dealing and hoodwinking deceit. The other plans peace… both peace with his God and fellow man.
Solomon tells us that joy is in the person planning peace... that part makes sense to me.
But then he says deceit is in the heart of the one planning evil. I would have expected him to say misery or sorrow... you know something that is the opposite of joy... but no he says deceit.
But after I thought about it, it dawned on me that maybe Solomon is contrasting the two treasures that are associated with the two individuals and their plans…
One of the great treasures of the believer who seeks out peace is of course joy. Joy because the impossible has happened and he is accepted by God because of Jesus…
But for the sinner who devises evil, he is given an imitation of joy and that is deceit. The thrills that go along with planning out our own self centered lusts is the best satan has got to offer. But his thrill is not joy; it is a counterfeit . It falls short by a million miles and it always ends in a malignant tumor with only one impossible yet sure cure… Jesus.
Jesus told this parable in Matthew 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Today, Would you join me in pursuing the greatest joy in the Universe that includes peace and life and so much more… or will your plans be for the thrill of sin which leads to death?