QT – Proverbs 11

Vs. 6, “The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.”  We see Solomon contrast righteousness and evil throughout this chapter.  When we desire to be a righteous person there is absolutely an advantage!  We see often the benefits that God can bless us with from Vs. 4, 6, 8, 9, 21.  But don’t forget that this is not fail-safe way to prevent trials in our life.  God has His ways of doing things.  But also, we see a life that when lived with evil intentions.  See the outcomes of evil…disgrace, wrath, trapped, destroy, deceptive.  

Regarding application…Deception.  Vs. 3, “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”   When I was in 5th grade…I did a very dishonest act.  On one of my math tests I got a “F”.  Back then…I still cared what I got regarding grades =).  One of the requirements was that each student who got an “F” had to take the test back home to one of their parents and have them sign the test indicating that they had seen it.  It wasn’t that I was terrified I woluld be grounded…but it was more like I was ashamed of myself…because I knew I could have done better.  I found my father’s signature in his office and spent over an hour practicing his signature.  I forged my father’s signature on the test…thinking the teacher will never know.  Boy, was I wrong!!!  It was foolish then and it is a foolish thingnow to do in our lives.  Being dishonest in anything we do can only bring negative things into our lives.  It can damage our reputation…it can hurt others deeply…and most important it grieves the Lord!  Let us be people who live “honest” lives in all we do.  Little “white lies” can catch up with the best of anyone.  Sometimes, I think we are dishonest because we are afraid others will not accept us for our faults.  That’s why I forged my father’s signature.  Pray that you would not be a deceptive person!