Proverbs in 365 Devotions

March 30th

Proverbs 6:12 A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech,  - Proverbs 6:13 winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger, 14 with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; 15 therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.

 

Wrong Prize Joey!

By Brad Chase

Picture if you will a man (we’ll call him Joey.) in the late 1970’s early 1980’s. Hair greased back, thin black mustache, huge toothy smile as he chomps on a piece of gum. White pants and striped button up shirt. The top of his shirt open displaying his weak chest and a gold chain. He points and winks at every lady that makes eye contact with him. He does the same head nod and “come hither“ hand gesture with each one just waiting on someone to approach him.

Finally, it works. A lady walks over to Joey and they engage in a few moments of small talk but quickly head out the door. It would appear that our friend has landed himself a date for the evening... or so he thinks.

Joey’s focus is on what he thinks will happen and not giving the truth of the situation a second thought. They slip away to a room for some privacy and he dashes on into the restroom. The lady waist no time getting to work. She quickly searches his bag, bedside table, pant pockets and jacket. She has now found everything this man has of value and she vanishes before he returns. He is now broke, foolish and lonely. Poor Joey. Should'a seen it coming.

This guy sounds pretty shady. And it’s easy to not like him and even laugh when he is cleaned out. But, what if I told you that everyone on the planet is or at least was like Joey?

Romans 3:10 as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one; 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one."  

If you don’t know him, don’t trust him, don’t accept him and don’t submit to him, you are disconnected from God. And that counts you as a wicked person. Now, at some point or another, We did not have a relationship with Christ. Maybe this was you. Maybe this is you now. But either way, if your not connected to Jesus, your counted as a wicked man.  Like Joey.

Joey thinks highly of himself. He is covetous. Wanting self gain and immediate pleasure. He is fixated on his own little life so much that it will in the end break him.

That was or is us. We were thought to stand tall and be proud. No one is better than us. You want it, go get it. Take care of number one. Do what it takes. Keep your eyes on the prize. But people have fixed their eyes on the wrong prize.

See, if we continue on or path like Joey, we will lose everything. The lady of the evening took all that Joey considered good and valuable. If we don’t turn to Jesus and away from our sin, we will lose the presence of God and only through God do good and right and blessing come. We will lose all that is good in a place called hell.