Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 19:27 Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge. 28 A worthless witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity. 29 Condemnation is ready for scoffers, and beating for the backs of fools.
Or Delight In Jesus
Alright, so today we take a look at this individual who refuses to hear words of knowledge and instead believes the so called knowledge from the darkness of the world… Solomon says they devour iniquity… Selfishness, lust, sinful obsessions… This is his daily food… this is where he gets his nourishment… this fuels his life. Sin is quite the motivator isn’t it. It’s so easy to become obsessed with it. It can easily become the last thing we think about at night and the thing that gets us out of bed in the morning… So this person Solomon speaks of has set their heart fast after sin and nothing will stop them… What if trouble comes their way? Will it cause them to quit seeking their own glory and realize they need God? No. What if they loose their job? No. What if they are in a car wreck and are laid up in the hospital for a month? No. Solomon says they mock justice. You see, their heart is set on sin for the long haul.
I suspect this person in our text will want to defend himself on judgment day. Like the serial killer who defends himself in court and laughs at the Judge and all his accusers.
In verse 29 our text in Proverbs says: Condemnation is ready for scoffers, and beating for the backs of fools.
You see we will not have the last word… God will. He is Judge and he is just.
1st Peter 4:3 For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. 4 With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; 5 but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
But for those who delight in Jesus, the promised one who would provide righteousness for all who hope in him from the time of Adam and Eve and their sin to ours today… He took the wages for our sin in his death on the Cross and he defeated death on the third day… His righteousness is applied to all who joyfully look to him with the rest of our life… and God gives us the same power that raised him from the dead to be victorious over sin in this world as we walk with him… and by his power will raise us up incorruptible to be with him forever.