Proverbs 14:22 New Living Translation
“If you plan to do evil, you will be lost; if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness.”
There are premeditated actions that take place in a person’s life; actions that you plan and carry out, that may not always line up with God’s standard for living. Evil actions are met eventually, if not immediately, with negative consequences. Nothing good or positive ever comes from evil actions. Especially those that are preplanned. God will never honor or bless evil. Never. Those who do good, whether premeditated or spontaneous, shall be blessed of God. Your heart’s motivation comes into play with actions taken. Did you do it for your own glory or for the glory of God?
This verse shows that giving thought to the outcome of your actions is paramount in the decision making process. Those who are wise consider the end result of their actions. Those who are foolish make unwise decisions without thought to the consequences at all. They shall reap the folly of those decisions.
It’s sad to see how many people in this life think they know exactly how to chart their own course without the help of anyone. Those are the ones who end up crashing on the rocks not once but multiple times. Adhering to the wisdom that is written in the Book of Life will assist you in steering clear of the rocks altogether. Do that which is good in the eyes of the Lord. Seek his wisdom in scripture and abide by it. You will always be a success in the eyes of God if you do. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: Asbury Bible Commentary; Matthew Henry Commentary of the Bible & Reformation Study Bible.
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* Proverbs 12:2 (NLT) “The Lord approves of those who are good, but he condemns those who plan wickedness.”
* Galatians 6:7 (NLT) “Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.”