In Proverbs 13, Solomon contrasts those who pursue right living and those who go after the ways of the world. In verse 6, he tells us that “a man’s goodness helps him all through life, while evil men are being destroyed by their wickedness” (TLB).
When looking with our eyes, we may feel as if Solomon got it wrong or perhaps times have changed. The wicked, those about themselves seem to succeed while the right and humble struggle to get by. The tardy slacker gets promoted while the hard worker is ignored. Though caring and chivalrous, the opposite sex overlooks you for the “bad boy” or the “heartbreaker”.
Yeah, sometimes the way of the sinner may look more rewarding; however as Believers, we must have faith in our God. Faith isn’t believing what we see or accepting the usual way of the world. Faith is trusting Him in spite of. Solomon knew that “every word of God is tested and refined like silver; He is a shield to those who trust and take refuge in Him” (Proverbs 30:5 AMP). We don’t envy those in the world. We don’t desire to go back to our old ways. We continue down the path of God because we know that “the consistently upright will be rewarded with prosperity” (Proverbs 13:21 AMP).
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Proverbs 13:6 (AMP) Righteousness (being in right standing with God) guards the one whose way is blameless, but wickedness undermines and overthrows the sinner.
Proverbs 13:6 (TLB) A man’s goodness helps him all through life, while evil men are being destroyed by their wickedness.