Proverbs 10:7-10

In Proverbs 10:7-10 Solomon continues talking about the blessing of righteousness. “The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.” Scripture has a great example of this in Hebrews 11 where the faith hall of fame is called out.  Righteousness is remembered and filled with blessing, but wickedness is not remembered beyond the time it exists.  We have two outcomes possible from life – righteousness which yields blessing – or wickedness which yields rottenness.  We all choose what that ending will be for us as individuals.  It is a choice.  We determine if we will be remembered for our righteousness or forgotten in our rottenness.

Wisdom gives us the humility to listen and to learn.  “The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.” If we are wise, we’ll pursue wisdom and hear it.  But if we are not, we’ll push it aside and fall.  Those who reject wisdom are often very vocal about themselves and their own thinking.  And that brings them to destruction.  When we walk with nothing to hide, we walk in integrity.  Integrity is really all about what we do when we think no one is looking.  The folly in that is that God is always looking and sees all, in fact knows all, before we even to it.  But integrity means a life free from sin and compromise.  There is no fear of discovery.

When we walk in integrity, we have a secure path.  There is no need to hide or cover anything up. “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.” If we choose the other path – the path of crookedness – it is only a matter of time before it is revealed.  Jesus made that clear in Matt. 10:26 when he said ‘there is nothing covered that will not be revealed”.  There are no secrets that will remain such.  And certainly, the thought that we pulled something that God is unaware of is absolutely not true.  God knows all, sees all and will deal with all that we choose to do in life.

Solomon gets very detailed about wickedness when he goes after winking.  “Whoever winks the eye causes trouble, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.” The wink he speaks of is a person who has secrets and cunning plans behind it.  Does it mean that all winking is evil?  I don’t think that is the message here, but the motivation behind our wink, or our words, or our actions for that matter, are what truly matter.  If our heart is set on evil or wickedness, then it will lead to ruin.  The fool just continues to babble his own thoughts and words until he falls flat on his face due to his own choices.

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