It is certainly touted today that we have the freedom to do whatever we want as long as we don’t hurt someone else. Here’s the problem: Our actions always affect those around us. That is certainly pronounced in these verses in Proverbs today.
“The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother. Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death. The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.”
Wisdom lived out in our kids makes a dad proud. But foolishness brings heartache and crushes the heart of a mother.
Because actions are never done in a vacuum.
Those who care about us care about how we live. When you go after the wrong thing, in the wrong way, you are left with nothing except hurt and sadness.
So the calling is to live a righteous life. Live in such a way that your life can be copied and applauded. It can bring life, not only to you, but to all those around you.
But how do we live a righteous life? The Bible is very clear that there is no one who is righteous. We are all sinners.
It is the reason that Jesus came. He died for our sins and when we come to Him, He covers us with His righteousness. We simply confess our sins and invite Him to come into our lives.
That, my friends, brings joy to our fathers, mothers, children, neighbors but especially to the heart of God.
Dear Jesus, I know that I’m a sinner. I confess my sin and invite You to come into my life. Thank You for dying for me. Help me to live for You.