Wednesday’s Word

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34).

The word translated “sin” could also be translated “an offense;” the word translated “reproach” could also be translated “a wicked thing.” Therefore, the verse could read: an offense against God is a wicked thing.

All who glorify God are lifted up by God (James 4:10), but those who lift themselves up will be brought down (James 1:9-10).It has been said: It is never right to do wrong and it is never wrong to do right; it is always wrong to do wrong and it is always right to do right.

Every individual that makes up our nation and every nation that makes up our world needs to understand the need to do that which is right (righteousness). When we do that which is right in the sight of God, we will be right; when we fail to do that which is right in the sight of God, we fail. If we desire our nation to be numbered with the righteous, we as individuals must be righteous. 

As I write these things this morning, the sounds of gun fire still echo from yet another school in America. School shootings are not the disease, but they are symptoms of the disease. The disease is sin; the form of the disease is unrighteousness which manifests itself in the disdain of life. Life is a precious gift from God, the giver of life, Who desires man to appreciate the precious gift. God is the Creator of our physical life and He is the Provider of eternal life.

The righteous understand the precious gift of life; the ungodly will not understand the gift, because they reject the Giver. Thus, our responsibility as children of God, is to live lives of righteousness and to teach others of the great Giver of life, both now and eternally.

Let us live lives which exalt our nation, as we honor and glorify our God.