Proverbs 28: 10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.
This verse speaks of possessions too good to stray away from. When we’re hungry and called to the table to eat, it’s hard to get up if it’s something really good. This speaks of what we possess as children of God. Our blessings are so many. It’s a fact that once a person receives the blessing of salvation, that other blessings are so many we can’t comprehend them all. It takes a lifetime to learn it all. There are things we have now. Some things will come down the road. When the time comes for my death, I’ll have dying grace. I won’t be afraid. Have you noticed that a person who is saved is happy to die while the family has trouble with it? Jesus gives what is needed at the hour we face it. Every moment of our life we receive the possessions to face it. These are packed into salvation. We continue in the faith and thereby continue in the blessings.
The upright shall have good things in possession. I can’t get myself upright. Jesus does it. He sits us up and keeps us so. Once a person accepts Jesus, Satan immediately begins to work. He doesn’t want us happy with our life in God. He wants us to fail and falter. When we hold the possessions of God, life is far better. It’s foolish to give up and go back to things of the devil. That’s falling away from uprightness. If we choose to follow God, he’ll keep us upright. The devil continually tries to deceive us and get us away from God. When he tells us we might as well go back or that we can have both, he is lying to us. He will use anything and everything to get to us. He can’t take our possessions away, but he will try to lead us from them. If I ever walk away from God, I’d have to say “I used to be” or “I used to have.” Sadly the devil has deceived many. Keep in good standing with God. The devil promotes the ways of sin as better than the life of a Christian. When life gets hard he’d have us think we made a mistake by trusting God. That’s crazy! The best move we ever made was to trust the Lord. Life finally became right. There is no reason to stray. We can stay right if we stay upright. The possessions are worth it all. If we put our blessings to use and grow in grace we’ll draw strength from them.
We have what we need for every hour. The possessions are good. It takes effort to leave the joy and peace of the Lord and the blessings of his house and his Word. Verse 6 says better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich. The devil can enrich you but you’ll pay the price for it. He may tell us our life is not worth anything, but we’re not missing a thing. Let’s cling to the Lord. In Revelation 3 Jesus said because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation. The devil will trip us up if we don’t watch it. He knows he can’t yank your possessions from you, but he’ll try to lead you away from them.
Upright means to stand straight up. I wouldn’t do too well if I had to do it on my own. I need Jesus every hour. We all do. He helps us walk the straight and narrow way. It’s packed full with blessings. It’s like a crowded stockroom of food. Our pantry is full of blessings. The possessions are worth it. As a Christian we have what the devil once had and can never have again. Give Satan the cold shoulder and say as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. As for our todays and tomorrows, follow Jesus. The devil knows he’s headed for the pit and wants to take all he can with him. I want eternity in heaven.
What are we to do? Proverbs 29:25 says the fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. Putteth is a continuous action. It’s worth it to serve the Lord and say no to the devil’s lies. What we have is so good we ought to run to it.