What if I don’t want to do the “right” thing? (Proverbs part 5)

It sounds so cliche to say “Just do what’s right.” It’s much easier to say than do most of the time. Let’s just get real… it’s not always easy. Life is FULL of challenges and temptations and sometimes we just don’t want to do what’s “right”.

Of course, as believers in Christ, because we are called and compelled to wisdom (salvation – our guide for what to do), it would seem that we could find enough reason in that, but we are not perfect!!!

Don’t kid yourself! When the temptation of the flesh comes, we can reason away our wisdom in one beat of our heart! Especially when we feel we have been wronged, feel we deserve more or simply want to feel elevated. We know what we “should” do, but instead, we often feed fleshly desires that give temporary satisfaction by settling the score, getting what we feel we have coming to us or pointing out someone else’s flaws… The list is endless. These choices can ultimately lead to emptiness if we are not careful to reel it in!

The flesh is always battling with the spirit, and that’s why it’s so important for us to step back, ask for understanding (the Holy Spirit), who brings clarity and apply the knowledge (the truth) of God’s word.

Why?

  1. Because His way is blessed with promises to us
  2. He always gives what He’s promised
  3. His is promises are wrapped in protection and provision!

Proverbs 2:7 says “He is a shield to those who walk in integrity”

Do what’s right and He will protect you! It’s just that simple!

My reflection:

  • He is my defender

  • If I respond with honor, honesty, sincerity, truthfulness, virtue, decency, fairness, trustworthiness (all virtues of the wisdom of our salvation and Godly character), He will protect me.

  • I am confident in His protection for me, yet humble as I walk in integrity.

Proverbs 2:8 says “… He preserves* the way of His Godly ones”

*preserve: to maintain (something) in its original state. synonyms: conserve, protect, care for, look after, uphold, sustain. to keep safe (from harm or injury) synonyms: guard, keep, defend, safeguard, shelter, shield

    I mean, how amazing is that?! All the meanings that encompass this word! Whaaaaaat?! This is His promise for us!
    Thankfully, because our salvation is secure, even when we make mistakes, God is gracious, but there is power and protection when we do the “right” thing! Way more powerful than anything we could come up with on our own!

Proverbs 2:9-10 says “You will discern righteousness and justice, equity and every good course. For wisdom (salvation) will enter your heart and knowledge (the word of God) will be pleasant to your soul”

People can be unreasonable, unreliable, and selfish. Just remember…

  • You have the Holy Spirit to help you discern what is right and just. Don’t measure it according to your emotions and human fleshly nature. Instead, rely on the spirit inside of you to guide you and help you to make choices according to what is right.

  • Equity means the quality of being fair and impartial. God’s promise is that He gives us the ability to be fair and know which way to go.

  • Why?

    • Because of the gift of salvation!

      When we accept Christ, He comes into our heart and His words are the truth that helps us overcome negative emotions and gives us peace. It feeds and fulfills.

    Take advantage of the weapons you have been given for this crazy life! The best part is that He provides what we need and blesses us when we use what He’s given! There is FREEDOM found in His way, His gifts and His promises… The “right” way. The “right” thing.

    • It is protection
    • It is safety and shelter to maintain our way

    • It is the ability to know what is right

    • It is peace… release from anger, bitterness, jealousy, resentment, insecurity and lies!

    The truth is that LOVE ALWAYS WINS!!!

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