Words to live by | Online journal of Marc Heriot

The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous will stand. Proverbs 12:7

I like how Rotherham translates this: Overthrown are the lawless and they are not…

It’s easy to read through the words about the lawless and think, “yeah, they get what’s coming to them” and move on. Yet for a lawless one to be overthrown means they are in a position that must be unseated. They are in power. It’s ironic that one who is lawless is in power — doesn’t the definition of being in power include subjugation and rule and law? Now it may not be a just law or fairly applied, but the fact is, they live a lie. What applies to others does not apply to them. Just because someone has authority and leadership today, doesn’t mean they are the picture of righteousness and goodness and that God has given them the place they have. We live in a fallen world and things are not always as they appear to be. Likewise, our adversary roams and romps for a season, he looks like “Lucifer” the shining one, but in reality he is “Diabolos” the one that is desperately accusing me every day. Although he’s had so many years to make his case against mankind, there will be a day that he and his kingdom are… no more.

Strongs Hebrew for overthrown means: to turn about or over; by implication, to change, overturn, or return. Whoever the wicked are, it’s like the Lord puts a shovel in the ground and turns the soil upside down. Whatever was growing is now buried. “Let’s start over and turn this earth under. Something new may grow in its place.”

The righteous do not always appear to be the picture of stability and longevity. We are not always the ones with the biggest house, or any house at all, the biggest portfolio of assets, or any material wealth at all, yet his words declared over me is that “I will stand.” The Hebrew word has a mixture of meaning and includes both taking a stand and enduring. The point being, I am here to stay. Contrasting the outward, the wicked looks at me an laughs! “But you do not look like you have any staying power. Who has the position, power, the advantage on earth now?” But the sons of the King have a promise, and it will not fail. I will stand. I will endure. I will be here when the boastful one is not. Mercy and justice will prevail, regardless of the outward appearances for the moment.

This proverb is simple, but profound. Things are not always as they appear, but the goodness of God will have the last say.

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