Proverbs 14:22 (NIV)
Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.
A contrast of actions is developed in our Verse of the Day. It speaks to the motives of our hearts … or as Scripture would say – the inclination of the thoughts of our hearts when we are making plans in life. When we evaluate our thought processes before an action is taken, there are some generally predictable outcomes associated with them. And with concise precision, King Solomon looks at those outcomes before we ever engage the mental strategies we have formulated with good or evil intentions.
Those who plot evil … those who strategize their actions and make their plans with evil intent … are people who have gone astray. They are in rebellion against God and His will. They are not motivated by love. Love does no harm to a neighbor! Those who devise evil schemes are opposed to God as well as against other people. They are not walking in love; rather, they are in rebellion. As John wrote, “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” (Cf. 1 John 4:20)
But those who seek good for others … those who are concerned about others and put their needs before their own … these are the ones who plan what is good! They delight in what will edify and build up another person. They seek to be an encourager of faith through the example of love. As Paul urged, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Cf. Philippians 2:3-4) In doing so, we will find love and faithfulness in our hearts.
Proverbs 21:29-30 (NIV)
The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright give thought to their ways. There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.
So Now You Know…
Have a Blessed Day!
We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives. Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. The Lord has made everything for His own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster. The Lord detests the proud; they will surely be punished. Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin. By fearing the Lord, people avoid evil. ~ Proverbs 16:1-6