Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 10:24 What the wicked dreads will come upon him, but the desire of the righteous will be granted. 25 When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous is established forever.
When I was younger, my mother would leave my older brother and I at home alone while she went to work. The night before, she would give a to do list of things that need to be done by the time she returned for lunch and a list for the end of the day. Without fail, one of us played the goody two shoes roll and did his chores and the other would slack off. The slacker felt he had all the time in the world. (trust me on this. I know exactly what the slacker was thinking. It was more often than not, me.)
The morning would roll by and my brother would not only do his chores to stay out of trouble, he would also do mine to please my mom. No one would get in trouble at lunch. But then... round 2 would begin. We would argue and fuss because he felt I owed him and I should do his afternoon chores. It was only fair he would say. But my argument was that I had never asked him to do my chores. My brother would through his hands up and say fine don’t do mine. But I’m not doing yours. Followed by the last word wins game of fine, fine, fine.
Within an hour or so, my brothers chore was done and he sat and watched TV for the rest of the day. We new mom would be home at 5:15. She was always home at 5:15. I would have goofed off all day and it was now 5:00. I would turn to my brother and beg him to help. Some times he would cave, some times he would not. The times he would not were terrible. I remember he would turn off the TV and kick back with a snack and watch me race all over the house trying to finish up what should have already been done. He was ready for 5:15... I was dreading it.
My mom would come home like clock work and walk in with me nowhere in sight. Calmly and lovingly talking to my brother and praising him for a job well done. Then she would notice what I hadn’t done. It was like a light switch! I’d honestly one out of my room covering my backside because I knew what was coming for my disobedience.
See, in comparison, I was the wicked who dreaded mom coming home. Where as my brother would be the righteous and eagerly awaiting mom coming home. (even if it was to see me get whooped.)
Our moms wrath was the tempests in our childhood. Rage and anger. The poor woman had to try to channel both loving mother and disciplining father. Some times the storm got pretty scary. But one thing is for sure. My brother and I are much better people now having the correction from our mother. Once we were older and had endured enough of her storms, there was no disobedience left in us. (Ok. Maybe some. But come on. We’re human) We wanted to make her happy. Not out of fear of her wrath. But out of love for our mom.
Ok, let’s apply this to the passage.
Verse 24 talks about What the wicked dreads coming upon him and the desire of the righteous being granted.
The wicked know in their heart that time is running out and they will not be ready for Jesus return and judgment. Where as the righteous have been diligent and obedient and eagerly awaiting the second coming of Jesus.
25 says When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous is established forever.
When Jesus comes back. When judgment is passed. When this life is over and after Jesus destroys all wickedness for good, only the righteous will remain. And peace will come to all who is left.
Don’t be as I was as a kid. I was not ready for the authority to show up. Now is the time to do business and get ready. A popular quote says “ if you stay ready, then you ain’t gotta get ready” get ready now and stay ready for when the time comes.