Focus: Isaiah 3:10-11 - KJV
10. Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. 11. Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
Whatever we do as humans, have their repercussions and consequences. Everything done under heavens is a seed sown. When seeds of righteousness are sown, they yield harvests of righteousness. In the same manner, when the wicked sow seeds of wickedness, the harvest also comes, some day. Now, righteousness or wickedness is not written on the face, or faces of people. Yes, by their fruits we know them. But fruits are not borne immediately seeds are sown. Nevertheless, there is one who knows the ending of a thing from the beginning. Hence, when a seed is about to be sown, the Lord knows the manner of fruit it will bring in the end, and so recognizes them from onset. It is therefore, a mistake to assume we can hide our motives when we set out to do things. They are all glaring unto the Lord.
When Cain made a decision to offer sacrifice unto God, his sacrifice may be viewed by the ordinary mind as an offer of love unto God. But God saw through him and identified wickedness rather than love: He said to Cain: ‘if thou doest right, will you not be accepted?’ Of course, the offering/sacrifice was meant to spite the Lord for “making” him reap thorns and thistles. It was not the Lord’s fault but the result of the wickedness of man. Invariably, every one that sows wickedness like Adam, will reap thorns and thistles. Abel’s sacrifice was accepted as it came out of the heart of righteousness. This of course, is true of every work of righteousness. When it is well with the righteous, the wicked get unduly angry and frustrated. Being well is in that, he eats the fruits of his labor and he does not work for others to cart away the benefit; his wife is exceptionally fruitful; and his children are like the olive plant, around his table. He is blessed without doubt.
To be wicked is also to court bad reward. It is never well with the wicked: even though his days appear prolonged, it is never prolonged and are like a shadow. It is full of sicknesses and all manner of odds, to the extent that in the end, he is more of a pitiable sight. If we therefore would be righteous, there is a promise of God that it shall be well with us. Even if the wicked messing up over our lives appear prolonged, rest assured, God’s promise will surely come to bear. For weeping may endure in the night, joy comes in the morning. So, to the righteous, our morning of joy is coming and all shall surely be well. If the wicked will turn around today because he wants to enjoy wellness, God will surely receive him and grant him pleasant rewards, forgetting his wickedness. There is room for repentance.
SOLUTION: Righteousness is about living right with God; and that is about doing all things in love. For it to be well with us therefore, we need to ensure everything we do ends up giving love to God and the neighbor. Do all things in love.
Please pray: Father, I do love you and express love towards my neighbors. In accordance with your promise, let it be well with me in Jesus’ name. If there be any place or occasion my activities did not dovetail into love, please forgive and give me the grace to right the wrong, in Jesus’ name. And from now on, let me reap the fruit of my good deeds dear Lord, in Jesus’ name.
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