This Thanksgiving season is a perfect opportunity to give thanks to God for His great mercies towards us. The Lord is awesome, and He is worthy to be praised! He is the provider of every good thing. He has placed everything in order, including the sun, the moon, and the stars. The Lord has created everything for His purpose and for our enjoyment. The varieties of shapes, colors, and sizes in animals, bodies of water, flowers, trees, and fruits are all amazing and incredible!
The Bible is full of benefits of living a righteous life; a righteous life is one that honors God and does what is right. Proverbs 11 is one of those portions of the scripture that is filled with encouragement for a righteous person and declares the many benefits for those who live in such a manner:
God provides deliverance from death
Verse 4: Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death.
Some may depend on riches, abilities, and gifting to maneuver in life, but those who choose to live a righteous life, God protects them and delivers them from harm. Praise God for His protection and deliverance!
God leads a righteous in good paths
Verse 5: The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright, But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.
When one chooses to walk uprightly with God, he/she is stepping into paths that are pleasing to God. This allows the person to make progress in life as opposed to the wicked who choose their own way and eventually leads them to fall.
A righteous person is dead to lust
Verse 6: The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, But the unfaithful will be caught by their lust.
Righteous people allow God to continually deal with their lust as a result they will not get caught in the enemy’s bait.
A righteous person has God’s strategy for deliverance
Verse 9: The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
There will be people who don’t like a righteous person and will try to destroy them by their slander or other methods. However, God stands for the righteous person. He gives them knowledge, wisdom, and understanding that will cause them to be delivered from the hands of evildoers and gossipers.
God gave a perfect strategy to Esther who was living right and desired to do what was right. She was even willing to perish in order to save her people. A righteous person is dangerous to the Kingdom of darkness because they are willing to do right no matter what comes their way. The Lord faithfully led Esther by wisdom and knowledge until He exposed Haman’s schemes. We serve the same God that Esther served, and He will do the same for us. Praise Him!
Righteous life truly pays off . The Lord coaches a righteous person to navigate well in life and guides them in good paths. It is hard at times to consistently live a righteous life, but at the end of the day, it is worth it to do right and live right!
I will continue with this subject in the next devotional.