KEY SCRIPTURE: Psalm 146:8, “The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous”:
WE continue with our discussion on the rewards of holiness.
30. The holy man is blessed with sound wisdom. Proverbs 2:7
“He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly”. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The righteous walks on right paths, and this is wisdom. (Please read Romans 1:22-23) When men fail to honour God and choose to follow their own inclinations they become fools. It is very shocking to see intellectuals who have studied so much accept homosexuality, lesbianism and even men marrying animals. A goat would not marry a sheep for anything. Nature abhors such a thing, yet men who refuse to glorify God, professing to be wise have accepted such unwise things.
The Bible says in Psalm 25:9 that “The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way”. The righteous, humbles himself unto the Lord and so receives sound wisdom from the Lord. In Proverbs 2:10-11, the following is what happens to the righteous man when wisdom feels his heart: “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee”: Many grievous troubles have befallen certain individuals because they lacked wisdom.
31. Holiness delivers a man from death: Proverbs 10:2
“Treasures of wickedness profit nothing but righteousness delivers from death”. The Hoy man has chosen the path of righteousness and so has life and peace. Romans 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace”. God preserves his soul, and the devil cannot kill him before his time. The righteous has a merry heart and the word says it does good as medicine. This is one of the things that delivers the righteous from death. Proverbs 17:22
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones”. This is not so with the wicked. Isaiah 57:20 -21 “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked”. Peace is the tonic of life, that makes living worthwhile, and without it one is as good as dead
As the righteous of the Lord I am delivered from death. I always maintain a joyful heart and it gives soundness to my body. Each day of my life is a celebration. My life moves forward and upwards only.
Proverbs 12:28. “In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death”
Proverbs 12:26. The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.