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Lesson # Prov. 11:23
Study Material - Prov. 11:23
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
23 The desire [taavah] of the righteous [tsaddiyq] is only good [towb] : but the expectation [tiqvah] of the wicked [rasha] is wrath [ebrah] . KJV-Interlinear
23 The desire of the righteous is only good, But the expectation of the wicked is wrath. NAS
Desires and expectations can be both good and bad. Their intent is totally based on their foundation source. If that foundation is based on Bible doctrine then they are proper and reasonable. If that foundation is based on the world then they are false and unreasonable.
The righteous is in reference to a believer in Jesus Christ who is advancing in their spiritual life. The wicked is the person (unbeliever or negative believer) who is not advancing in their spiritual life.
In the former, the desires are based on Bible doctrine, and that doctrine contains many promises from God to mankind. Therefore, the expectations are reasonable. Of course any positive believer can hope for much more or hope for something different than he has, and that can become unreasonable. But a well oriented believer, one who has attained some sense of maturity will be tuned in, to his life and will understand the workings of this world and of Gods will and will be content with his circumstances whatever they might be. He has the understanding that God is doing everything for him, that is in his best interest. God is not arbitrary. God does not do things on a spontaneous whim. Everything in Gods plan is well thought out and is under His complete control. God has not overlooked anything. Everything works together for good. Remember that.
The believer desires everything to go well with himself and family obviously. There is no ill intent against anyone. Their intent is not to gratify their sin nature drives, but to advance in their spiritual life, to gain the favor of God and to allow God to provide what is best for them, knowing that God knows best.
The wicked, on the other hand, are driven by their sin natures. Remember too that the sin nature has two areas of power - human good on the one hand and sin on the other. So do not think of the sin nature as being sin only, because it is not. Asceticism patterns form on the human good side, and lascivious patterns of life form on the sin side. Ok, now the sin nature takes all that is contrary to Gods Word and forms a pattern of life. You're probably living it right now. You just never thought of it in these terms.
Anything that is inconsistent with Gods will and guiding principles of life, is wrath. The wicked person (anyone who is out of fellowship with God) has desires and expectations as we all do, but their target of 'good' is in fact wrath. Nothing can be gained in this world, under the direction of the sin nature, unless it causes loss or harm to someone else.
Can we all be president? No. There can be only one president. Can we all win the race? No. There is only one winner. Can we all get that job? No. There is only one person hired for the one job. In whatever you do in this life, if you succeed, then that means that someone else did not succeed. If you got the sale, then another sales person did not get the sale. If you got the business, then someone else did not. If you are sitting in the best seats in the theater, then someone else is not.
All this seems rather simple, but in this world no one can advance unless someone else fails to advance. All worldly expectations are wrath. They will never be better than that. There is no utopia. There will never be a perfect society. There will always be the rich and the very poor. There will always be the winners and the runner-ups.
Only under the umbrella of Bible doctrine can we all be winners. The world has limited resources and limited abilities. God has unlimited resources, and unlimited abilities.
So the question that is ever before us throughout our life, 'Which opinion will you pursue in life?' Will you pursue Gods, or will you pursue human viewpoint? When will each one of us finally realize the repercussions of our choices, and the price that we are truly paying by ignoring God in our life? Every thought comes with a price. Every action comes with a price.
I would suggest that you sit back this evening and read the first three chapters of Revelation. These three chapters are addressed to believers and state emphatically that rewards (tremendous rewards) will be withheld for failure to live the Christian life.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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