Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 14:2 Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is devious in his ways despises him. 3 By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will preserve them.
Walk Upright Like A Man
by R Aylor
Today's passage talks about walking and talking and overall ways of people.
Solomon speaks of one who walks in uprightness. Now, I know that means being holy and righteous… loving our neighbor as ourselves and God supremely… However in my mind I see this picture of a man standing upright along side of a man crawling on all fours like an animal.
I think there might be a correlation between this picture of a man crawling on all fours… debase, feeding the desires of the flesh, following after his senses… not contemplating his life and purpose… one with a degraded sense of morality who has a corrupted discernment between right and wrong… no capacity for love… the kind that shares experiences, goals, dreams, hopes or aspirations. This man is not walking upright and does not fear the Lord but despises him and rejects the purposes God had for man in creating him.
On the other hand, the one who is walking upright as a man the way God created… made in his image… is able to worship and fellowship with God… and not because of his own uprightness, but because of the righteousness of Gods Son who walked upright and lived a perfect life that he might impute his righteousness to all who delight in him… Yes God has created in him a new heart… one that has a desire to walk in uprightness in the image of God, mirroring his character. And of course, he still sins but now his new heart turns back to the Lord in repentance and grows in his practical uprightness from day to day.
Finally Solomon says:
3 By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will preserve them.
The truth is that our actions come out from the type of heart we have… one that walks and talks from the perspective of the flesh broken by sin or one that is motivated by the Spirit of God. Justice comes to both. The analogy here indicates that the fool will receive a rod to his back and the upright heart will be preserved.
Look, God created man in his image not only for his glory but for our good. He created us in a fashion so that we would have great joy in seeing his glory in Jesus and walking in his ways.
Jesus is good news for those who do not walk upright. He calls you to look to him in faith… in delight… He will give you a new heart that will have victory over sin as you walk with him.
Father God, thank you for sending your only Son to live a perfect life, then to die for unperfected people. Thank you for giving all who look to you with faith a new heart with the righteousness of Jesus… Thank you for raising Jesus from the grave incorruptible and giving us a new heart that can have victory over sin in this broken world with that same power that raised your Son up… And thank you that you will raise us up one day incorruptible no longer subjects to sin, pain, depression, sickness, disease, hate or death… forever with You, In Jesus name amen.