Ill Gotten Gain Simply Does Not Remain–Proverbs 20 Part 2

Clearly, no person is perfect.  In fact, God recognized, planned and prepared for that eventuality.  For the chosen of God, he provided wisdom, salvation and the promise of eternity with him and away from sin and death.  For, those who would reject salvation and refuse to follow him, well, that is another story.

Plastic food that is used for advertising, can literally drive people to hunger and to make choices about meals, we see the ad and unknowingly start toward the refrigerator or grab our keys to pick up the food. But, if you have ever seen the props live, you would know they are very distasteful and clearly have no nutritional value—Just like profits gained illicitly.

History and life teach us that when we win by cheating, gain by stealing, love adulterously, or succeed through destroying others—there is never peace or satisfaction.  The things we gain are either gone as quickly as they appeared, OR, they simply do not bring lasting pleasure and lose their charm as quickly as they are acquired. Solomon reiterates the idea that those who seek God obtain all they desire, while those that chase all they desire end up with nothing. It is a cruel irony, one the enemy literally thrives upon—but, if we could only grasp this truth, our nation and the world would have a chance for survival.

Since we cannot expect the world to grasp the concept—we have to make it our personal aim to be set apart by simply living this out.  We start each day by being grateful for what we have.  Next, we live our lives honestly, selflessly and tirelessly; content with God’s plan. Finally, we remain transparent–allowing the world to see that while we are a mess (like everyone else), we trust God to protect, to prepare and to provide for our needs according to his riches. (Phil 4:19) We do not need to cheat, steal, lie or exploit others to receive our rewards—we simply need to trust the one that owns it all. Then, we can rest assured that whether the stuff comes or goes—God will make sure we have what we need.

God Bless You


Differing weights and differing measures—     the Lord detests them both.

11 Even small children are known by their actions,     so is their conduct really pure and upright?

12 Ears that hear and eyes that see—     the Lord has made them both.

13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;     stay awake and you will have food to spare.

14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer—     then goes off and boasts about the purchase.

15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,     but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.

16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger;     hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.

17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet,     but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.

18 Plans are established by seeking advice;     so if you wage war, obtain guidance.

19 A gossip betrays a confidence;     so avoid anyone who talks too much.

20 If someone curses their father or mother,     their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.

21 An inheritance claimed too soon     will not be blessed at the end.

22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!”     Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.

23 The Lord detests differing weights,     and dishonest scales do not please him.

24 A person’s steps are directed by the Lord.     How then can anyone understand their own way?

25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly     and only later to consider one’s vows.

26 A wise king winnows out the wicked;     he drives the threshing wheel over them.

27 The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord     that sheds light on one’s inmost being.

28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe;     through love his throne is made secure.

29 The glory of young men is their strength,     gray hair the splendor of the old.

30 Blows and wounds scrub away evil,     and beatings purge the inmost beingPirate-Treasure-Chest

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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