Hi ya'll! Tonya had a rough night with a little one, so I'm filling in for her....
I don't mean to be irreverent here, as I type that title above the post.... I'm wondering if some of us were thinking that, when we read this verse:
Pro 11:23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
Does that mean that if we have a thought or desire pop into our head that isn't "good," that we're not righteous? Wow, if that were the case --- that sends a shudder up my spine; how about you?
That is not what Solomon is saying here, though. Let's take this verse apart, like a mechanic working on a car, and then see if we can put it back together, shall we? (And we'll cross our fingers that we have no parts left over when we're done! I just hate it when that happens when we are repairing our vehicles! LOL)
Ahem. I digress. Alright, the part that is bothering us is the part that says, "only good," right? But if we back up to "desire" it is actually a Hebrew word meaning "delight" --- that's the key! Do we delight in the good things that happen to those around us? Do we desire that those around us have the good, the pleasant in life? Are we wishing hurt to anyone, or are we delighted when God shows mercy and favor to others? I think we are on the right track here, because the root of the word "good" in the verse has these meanings: better, bountiful, ease, merry, joyful, pleasant, and more.
Turn over the coin --- the delight, or expectation of the wicked? The wicked want God to move and force their passions and revenge on others, to even remove those that are an obstacle to them. They want to take advantage of the troubles that other people have, and they desire that those folks should have even more troubles!
Let's keep this verse in our hearts this weekend, maybe even put it on a card on the fridge?
Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Let's try to desire the best for others --- let's strive to be like the righteous, not the wicked!