Proverbs 11:5,6 (Destiny)

 5 The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight,
   but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.

 6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
   but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.

Destiny

Destiny is often portrayed as a random, unforeseen thing.  We end up carried along by fate or destiny as if we had no say in the matter.  I think that Bob Kraft mighthave been the first to say to me that luck is a combination of opportunity and preparedness.  My father quoted a golfer as saying, “The more I practice, the luckier I get.”  We make too much of the exception.  When a person is thrust into stardom and fortune with minimum effort, it is the exception, not the rule.  Mostly it is well applied knowledge that leads to success.  The only success that matters to God is knowing Him.  The desiny of those who study His word, pray, and live for others is that they will know him.  The fate of the wicked, even when well intentioned is always less than ideal.

Questions

  1. How are the wicked brought down?
  2. How are the righteous delivered?
  3. How would you put the message of both verses into your own words?
  4. Given your actions, what should be your destiny?
  5. Why do more and more children expect to make it big through minimal effort?  How are parents not helping?
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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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