Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 24:1 Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them, 2 for their hearts devise violence, and their lips talk of trouble.
I was thinking about why a person might want to be around evil people? There may be a number of reasons. But this verse is clearly not referring to visiting a wicked person in the hopes of showing them the love of God. That would be something totally different… That would not include fellowship… and that would include much caution especially for those who are weak in an area and are trying to minister to a person without Christ. A whole different study. But this is different. Here Solomon mentions envying them and uses the word desire which carries with it a heart that is passionate to some extent to be with an evil person. So why?
Acceptance maybe? At least that might be one reason. Wickedness shows acceptance to someone who is agreeable, even tolerant in a way of supporting their views. Someone may also look to an evil person as a mentor who is rich and powerful… They may aspire to learn from them so they may become like them.
For broken sinful people… which is what we are, sin makes its appeals to us with this kind of fame or celebrity status associated with the darkness… It draws us… it tugs on our heart strings and as we enjoy its company, it transforms us.
That's why who we choose to hang around with… or in so doing, who we like to fellowship with; tells us who we are and who we are becoming.
Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
2nd Corinthians 3:18 talks about this type of thing in relation to Gods glory instead of the so called glory of sin.
2nd Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
That's the person I want to be… One who is becoming more like Christ… Loving his word, not veiling out his truths… picking up his attributes and character becoming more like Christ… bearing the fruit of the Spirit… things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.
Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
That's what I want.
The last part of today's verse says: “and their lips talk of trouble”.
I know trouble is a big topic… but also remember what we say is an indication of whats in our heart. If we are talking trouble there is trouble in our heart. In Matthew 12:34 Jesus said “…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”.
In closing I’ll read a couple of verses about what wants us to think about in our heart and then speak about…
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.