In the world but not of it

August 6, 2010

Doing it the right way…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Wickedness never brings stability, but the godly have deep roots. Proverbs 12:3

There is danger in not being able to sleep and turning on the television to watch infomercials…

Even though all of us know that the many “get rich quick” schemes are just that; schemes, we still watch and begin to get pulled in. Some of them are very interesting and compelling in how they present their product and the manner in which you can become successful.

But there is a reason that these programs are categorized the way they are. It is not so much that they are all false, in fact the issue is not that they are false at all but rather that they require more effort and money than is presented at first and this should be expected since most of us realize that there has never been nor will there ever be a substitute for hard work.

That is also the fundamental difference between the wicked and the godly as described in our passage here in Proverbs. People that scheme and devise plans are unstable. This does not mean that they are not smart people or educated but rather the connotation here is that these types of people take short cuts, they lack accountability, responsibility and often follow through on their plans at the expense of others. Also, they are not dependable and are often motivated by the desire for more rather than the desire for better.

Although the godly can desire more and better for themselves as well, their approach is quite the opposite.

First, they recognize that everything they have comes from the Lord. Second, they realize that working hard and working smart are necessary to achieve a goal. They plant roots, they invest time, they practice patience and with the mindset of a farmer, expect to see the harvest at the right time.

The desired result may be the same for both the wicked and the godly but the way each of them will get there is completely different and will make all the difference in terms of how it will be enjoyed, how long it will last and what effect it will have on them and others.

Success is a planned event…


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