July 17 - Proverbs 3:33

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.

There are a lot of different avenues I could take with this passage, but I’m going to leave the obvious paths to you and take my own.  I might wander away from the original intent, though.

Do you notice in this verse who is doing the cursing and the blessing?

It certainly isn't you or me or anyone else for that matter.

The Bible is filled with verses like this … it is filled with commands to be obedient to God. It is filled with warnings against sin and words of blessing to those who follow God’s will.

And each word of scripture is written for us … not for someone else.  Does that make sense to you?

The moment we begin believing that scripture was written for others to read, listen to and obey we lose its impact.  God doesn't ask us to read scripture so that we can be the moral guide for others.  If it is to be used as a moral guide, that should first begin with us.

Let the Lord do the cursing and blessing … all we have to do is love and encourage. We point to Him … let us be a beacon of light.