Proverbs 13:5-6 New American Standard Bible
5A righteous man hates falsehood, but a wicked man acts disgustingly and shamefully. 6Righteousness guards the one whose way is blameless, but wickedness subverts the sinner.
It seems that the righteous struggle in this life, while those who are evil, prosper.††
Let us be reminded that God has made covenant with His people to provide our every need. His plan is to bring us into ultimate perfection, in a perfect world. He is the King, the only true King, and His kingdom shall last forever.
Our daily trial may seem very unjust and hard to endure, but God makes it very clear that the reward of a righteous man produces total joy and fulfillment.
We endure many falsehoods and distortions of truth. Our very soul is vexed within us at the works of the wicked.† We despise their actions. Sometimes we question God and wonder at his patience as the evil ones continue in their works of ways of wickedness.
Righteousness guards the way of the righteous.
Righteousness is our shield from destruction.† It preserves us in the face of our enemyís attack. It prepares us for Kingdom service as Kings and Priests, joint heirs with Christ Jesus our Redeemer. The fruit of the upright produce eternal reward while the ways of the wicked will bring ultimate destruction.
Wickedness subverts the sinner.
It may seem that the wicked prosper. Remember that indeed we do reap what we sow.
Those who live ungodly lives are ensnared in a trap of doom. They will eventually find that all of their effort is in vain. Like the man who built his house upon the sand, their efforts will end in destruction and ruin. When the storms shake the structure they have built it will crumble beneath them. Their own actions will subvert the most ambitious labor.
The righteous shall prevail.
Be encouraged! Righteous living will bring eternal reward while providing Godís covering and protection. The devices of the wicked will produce destruction and failure.
Our Heavenly Father never fails to care for his people. He has made special covenant with those who walk uprightly.†