Proverbs 24:15-16 - "Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; Do not destroy his resting place; For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity."

It took me a while to decide which passage to write on for today. I have not felt particularly righteous lately. In fact, I’m not sure I have ever felt righteous. If any of you have ever felt righteous, I wish you would let me know just what that feels like. I am glad that we are covered by Christ’s righteousness. That I can understand and I don’t need to be concerned about not feeling righteous.  Because of His righteousness I can fall numerous times, and rise again. Without Him and His righteousness I can also understand stumbling in times of calamity. He keeps us on an even keel. In fact, the important thing is that He keeps us! He keeps us!

The other thing that I see is the importance of having a resting place. If it wasn’t important why would there be a warning for the wicked man not to destroy the righteous man’s resting place. We need our rest and our sleep and a dedicated space to accomplish that. Now, this is coming from someone who doesn’t sleep more than four hours a night and often not that much. I have a dedicated space to rest, but I don’t utilize it as much as I should. I have often wondered if the wicked man referred to in verse 15, is the person that interferes with your normal sleep cycle. I have no idea if that’s the case or not, I’m just wondering.

I close with this from Proverbs 10:9a, “He who walks in integrity walks securely.” The same idea as today's verses, but worded a little differently. May we all walk in integrity!

by Paul Kightlinger

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