Proverbs 21: 21-22
He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor. A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down thd stronghold in which they trust. NIV
I’m continuing my word search on “trust” in the NIV. Proverbs 21:22 is the next verse on the list.
… stronghold in which they trust.
When I worry, I am putting more trust in a stronghold (my flawed and completely unreliable perspective of the future) than in the maker of heaven and earth.
Worry is an idol. That’s completely sobering.
“No idols” is one of the most basic premises of our relationship to God! We are told, in Exodus, not to make any graven images (nothing that we make or conceive should be worshiped by us) and to have no other gods before God.
I’ve not seen worry for the idol that it is before this moment. I’m thankful for that perspective.
And, I love what these two verses convey together.
If I will pursue righteousness and love (God’s ways) I will be blessed with life (eternal life in unity with Christ) and prosperity (a lifetime of enough IS abundance and abundance is prosperity).
If I am wise, I will make righteousness and love my key pursuits and I will demolish the strongholds that might tempt me to trust in them, instead of in God.
I will obediently follow my Lord and Savior.
That’s what I’ll think about today.