We know that Proverbs is a book all about wisdom. In order to know how to use these Proverbs and apply it to our own lives, we must have wisdom. How do we get that wisdom? It comes from the very creator of Scripture itself…God. So before we dive in Proverbs 24, I would encourage you to pray for understanding and discernment on how to use and apply these wise words to the way you live your life in pursuance of righteousness and His glory.
All throughout the Scriptures we see how desperately depraved individuals are. From the time of creation to the revelation, there wasn’t one human being who could escape the tainting grip of sin. Wickedness pervading and deceiving the hearts of men and women is something we still are plagued with today. Since we are inherently sinful, it makes sense that our hearts are naturally inclined to want and indulge in sin. It is satisfying for the moment, but in the long-run, sin only leaves our hearts wanting more of something that will truly make us whole. The Bible warns us over and over about the dangers of evil and that it will lead to nothing but chaos and death (James 1:15).
“Fret not yourself because of evildoers, and be not envious of the wicked, for the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out.” Proverbs 24:19
Do Not Be Envious
There are way too many times I can’t even count where I have felt envious of nonbelievers, Christians who live in unrepentant sin, and coveted the “easy” way of things. It’s a heart issue I constantly have to keep in check with what the Word says, or else I start to conform to this madness. Ladies, I know it is so hard to not be envious of other women who parade around in skimpy clothing posting about it on social media or gush about their latest sexual escapades in the newest issue of Cosmo. I am surrounded by college students who indulge in sexual sin and are open about their lust for it. I think one of the most heat wrenching moments I have had in regards to people loving their sin would be when I was in a conversation with two classmates, and they were bragging about what kind of porn they liked to watch. I could feel my stomach grow weak and my heart sink as I was hearing these awful, saddening things. I was saved at the time, and I was in literal disgust because I knew I was pursuing holiness and this…this was wickedness on display. I had to flee the conversation because I wanted no part in this; I wasn’t going to surround myself with people who had no fear for the Lord.
Sisters, sin is everywhere. I am here to tell you that nothing good comes from choosing sin over Christ. The Bible makes that very evident. If we continually surround ourselves with the sinful things of the world, we will start to become more like it. We must not let ourselves become hardened to the wicked things in the world. Our hearts need to be nourished through the Word daily. This is the only way our desires can have hope to be aligned with those of Christ.
“For the righteous fall seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.” Proverbs 24:16
To fight against envying the evil things of the world, we must focus on the righteous things found in the Scriptures. When we study and meditate on the Word, we are equipped to battle these dark forces. Don’t envy the wicked because they will be put out. That is the hope they have…one that leads to death. Yet, our hope for the pursuit of being holy women is Christ. He alone can transform our desires, and He alone is our reason to set aside foolishness and plead for wisdom. A wise woman is full of strength, and this strength comes from God. There is great reward for those who diligently seek Him and His ways.