A Study of Contrasts
by Judy Webb
“The memory of the just is blessed, but the name of the wicked shall rot.” (Proverbs 10:7)
Proverbs 10 is a lesson highlighting contrast. In our upside-down world of conflicting values, the contrasts are significant. As one commentary explains, the memory of someone who accomplished something for God, lives on. Those who rose to prominence through wickedness, will be revealed for what they are: “…their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light.” (1 Corinthians 3:13)
As Christians, we believe opposite the world. Our values can be as different as night from day. Too often, honesty is not practiced as the best policy, but as an option. Verse 8 speaks of the wise in heart versus the chattering fool. The fool is unwilling to learn, but the wise heart will listen to sound advice.
Black/White – Contempt/Goodwill – Hatred/Love – Wise/Foolish – Destructive/Useful – Blessings/Curses
After many years of living life without a relationship with Jesus, these contrasts are glaring. How could anyone find peace or joy when walking alone? There was no peace of mind or heart until my walk included Jesus. What a difference it makes to acknowledge these contrasts and embrace the positives in life.
Love trumps hate every day. Viewing life through the lens of love brings joy to a world without much joy. When we build others up and not criticize them, it can be surprising what a difference some relationships can seem. Why would we cause pain when a kind word or gesture could bring a smile? Why indeed! We all know someone who just doesn’t get it. They embrace the negative and walk in darkness. They don’t trust that God will make a difference in their sad existence.
Is today the day we could help someone find pleasure in their day? Recall a low time in your life and remember how you were able to grab hold of the contrast – when you discovered a positive side to your way of thinking you could change everything. It will start with prayer and a decision to change.
Dear Jesus, You know me and you know what I struggle with. You understand the contrasting view I have and you pull me toward the positive side of things. Keep me on the right path and help me to be a light for someone else's darkness. Amen.