Refusing to Obey Brings Disastrous Results

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Obedience

A contrast is made between the wicked and the righteous as it relates to fear and boldness (v. 1). No one is as cowardly as those that carry around a guilty conscience. Their guilty consciences cause them to run from imagined pursuers. By contrast the righteous are as self-confident as a young lion. God gives them courage as they have a clear conscience from wrong doing. When men who are poor and unknown are elevated to positions of leadership they often are far harder on those of lowly position than those who come from more well to do backgrounds (v. 2). They often fail to have any compassion and like a sweeping rain, which instead of helping the crop, washes it away (v. 3).

When men turn from obeying the Lord they usually begin to keep company with the wicked (vv.  4-5). Evil men are blind to true justice because of the sin in their own lives. It’s better to be poor and live right, than to be rich and dishonest (v. 6). When a man enjoys running with the unrighteous crowd it speaks a lot about his own ways regardless of what he may say (v. 7). God never promises to hear prayer if the heart is not right with Him. The psalmist said, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalm 66:18). Refusing to obey God has disastrous results (v. 8). A person who will not listen to the Lord cannot expect the Lord to listen to him (v. 9). By leading good people to sin, you dig a pit for yourself, but all who live right will have a bright future (v. 10).

Application

It is so easy to want God to bless my plans when I am not willing to fit into His plans. Lord help me to be willing to obey whatever you want me to do in life?

Proverbs 28:1-10 (English Standard Version)

The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion. When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue. A poor man who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no food. Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them. Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely. Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways. The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father. Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit gathers it for him who is generous to the poor. If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination. Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.

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