Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good; God probes for what is good.
Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place.
God made everything with a place and purpose; even the wicked are included—but for judgment.
God can’t stomach arrogance or pretense; believe me, he’ll put those upstarts in their place.
Guilt is banished through love and truth; Fear-of-God deflects evil.
When God approves of your life, even your enemies will end up shaking your hand.
Far better to be right and poor than to be wrong and rich.
We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it.
Proverbs 16:1-9, The Message
Psalm 37 (NIV)
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.
Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.
The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them;
but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.
The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright. But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.
Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.
The blameless spend their days under the LORD’s care, and their inheritance will endure forever. In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
But the wicked will perish: Though the LORD’s enemies are like the flowers of the field, they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.
The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously; those the LORD blesses will inherit the land,
but those he curses will be destroyed.
The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;
though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing.
Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever.
For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones.
Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed; the offspring of the wicked will perish. The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.
The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just. The law of their God is in their hearts; their feet do not slip.
The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, intent on putting them to death; but the LORD will not leave them in the power of the wicked
or let them be condemned when brought to trial.
Hope in the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.
I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a luxuriant native tree, but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found.
Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace. But all sinners will be destroyed; there will be no future for the wicked.
The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. The LORD helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.
This psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
Psalm 37:26 — the names of their children will be used in blessings (see Gen. 48:20); others will see that their children are blessed
Psalm 37:28 — They will be protected forever
Psalm 37:37 — those who seek peace will have posterity
Psalm 37:38 — Or posterity
It Pays to Take Life Seriously
A good leader motivates, doesn’t mislead, doesn’t exploit.
God cares about honesty in the workplace; your business is his business.
Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation.
Good leaders cultivate honest speech; they love advisors who tell them the truth.
An intemperate leader wreaks havoc in lives; you’re smart to stay clear of someone like that.
Good-tempered leaders invigorate lives; they’re like spring rain and sunshine.
Get wisdom—it’s worth more than money; choose insight over income every time.
The road of right living bypasses evil; watch your step and save your life.
First pride, then the crash—the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.
It’s better to live humbly among the poor than to live it up among the rich and famous.
It pays to take life seriously; things work out when you trust in God.
A wise person gets known for insight; gracious words add to one’s reputation.
True intelligence is a spring of fresh water, while fools sweat it out the hard way.
They make a lot of sense, these wise folks; whenever they speak, their reputation increases.
Gracious speech is like clover honey—good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body.
There’s a way that looks harmless enough; look again—it leads straight to hell.
Appetite is an incentive to work; hunger makes you work all the harder.
Mean people spread mean gossip; their words smart and burn.
Troublemakers start fights; gossips break up friendships.
Calloused climbers betray their very own friends; they’d stab their own grandmothers in the back.
A shifty eye betrays an evil intention; a clenched jaw signals trouble ahead.
Gray hair is a mark of distinction, the award for a God-loyal life.
Moderation is better than muscle, self-control better than political power.
Make your motions and cast your votes, but God has the final say.
Proverbs 16:10-33, The Message
2 Corinthians 8:15, “As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.”