Friday, May 28, 2010

Proverb a Day in May - May 28th/Chapter 28

Today, let's look at Proverbs 28:10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.

This is not just a verse that deals with pastors, though it does take on a greater meaning to those who are in that calling. But each of us have what is called a "sphere of influence" that we must be careful with. The proverb implies that this person was leading the righteous astray by deceit and for their own pleasure since the end result would be that the person would fall into the pit that they created for others.

As I read it, I was reminded of all the televangelist that have led Christians away from the local church, and into their own personal ministries. They enjoy the fame and money for a while, but they always seem to fall into a pit of their own making in the end. Why? Because God is still in control!

Lets strive to be upright and lead those around us in our "sphere of influence" into the paths of righteousness so that we may have good things in possession.


  1. Excellent!

    I mentioned on the 26th that I already had thoughts about the 28th. Back in the 26th chapter Solomon looked at a contentious man as one that stoked an existing fire. That would be damaging to relationships. Here in the 28th, though, he suggests an ongoing contention:

    They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. [Proverbs 28:4 KJV]

    Not for any desire to be contentious, but it is a natural result of diametrically opposed positions. There are times Christians are to be contentious:

    Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. [Jude 1:3 KJV]

    This is not to be undertaken lightly, nor without the full armor of God.

  2. Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

    This is one verse I have claimed many times when witnessing or preaching. When I am doing the Lord's will, He will give me boldness and take away the fear of man.