Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 20:7 The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him!
Integrity; doing whats right… not caving to temptation of sin like greed or hate… brings with it a good name but rebellious children can ruin that name quickly. Those who see will likely question the ability of the parent to teach and raise their children and so the wayward children are associated with the parent from then on. But the thing is... this righteous parent… this person keeps on keeping on and continues to walk in integrity. They keep loving and teaching their children what is true. They don’t side with their children on what is right to gain their loyalty. They keep setting good examples with their life. They keep their word...they love others... they help the needy, they don’t gossip, they work hard, study and love God and his word...
And the thing is… A righteous person leaves blessings for their children and grandchildren and even great grandchildren. They may leave a house or money… sure, but it could be something much greater than that. Their children and grandchildren and more carry memories of their legacy of integrity. My mother, now 82 has shared stories of love for her grandmother who loved Jesus and they shared a wonderful bond in the Lord… And my mother shared her grandmothers legacy of faith with me. That is the greatest of all blessings we can pass to our children and their children down the line.
In closing, today's text makes me think of the promise God made to Abraham that came through faith and not works.
Genesis 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.
Abraham was a righteous man… a man of integrity through faith and not works… although his faith wrought good works time and time again as he grew in the Lord.
You know, there is a little song I used to sing that went something like: Father Abraham had many sons and I am one of them. And the truth is we are his offspring or his children spiritually by faith… just as he believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness so it is with us. The common faith in Jesus which my great grandmother shared with my mother and she shared with me is the same faith father Abraham had. As our text says: blessed are his children after him.
Father thank you for the offspring of the woman promised from Genesis who came to set things right after Adam and Eves… and even our sin… this is the good news for all those who would believe God and hope in the Messiah. The promise made throughout history to Noah, Abraham, Issac, Jacob, David, Solomon, Hezekiah and so many more… The good news was seen played out in the real lives of some as a foreshadowing of his coming. It was proclaimed by the Prophets over and over throughout the ages. God has wanted to bless his children through faith in his Son all along. Jesus said how he desires mercy and not sacrifice. What a great gift.