January 22, 2019

Proverbs 20:7 (NLT) — 7 The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.

Because children love to imitate what is it about your life that you want them to imitate. The old sayings that we hear, “Like father like son and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree“, are pretty right on. Proverbs also that that we should train children in the way we want them to go.(Proverbs 22:6) Well what way do you want them to go?

Godly people have committed their lives to the Lord and His word and it shows in their behavior. Walking signifies that the godly behavior is consistent day after day after day. Children need to see that our words and our behavior speak the same thing. Godly people for the most part produce godly children. Children are blessed to be in a godly home. Think of the many millions of children in the world today who are not in godly homes. Too many of them are in homes where they hear, “Don’t do as I do, do as I say.” Yeah like that’s all the training they need. Remember the ‘afterward’.

Proverbs 20:8 (NLT) — 8 When a king sits in judgment, he weighs all the evidence, distinguishing the bad from the good.

Weigh = to winnow or separate. The king looks at all the evidence and then separates the good from the bad and gets rid of the bad. Like separating the chaff from the grain. I guess for the most part we are living in an America that is the ‘afterward’ of our leaders not following the advice in this verse. With all the indictments happening on the federal level I guess they still haven’t got it.

Proverbs 20:9 (NLT) — 9 Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin”?

No one can honestly say that and that is why God in his mercy sent us Jesus. Most people have elected to go on with life on their own merits. O that they would think about the ‘afterward’ because of that decision. There is a good example of this kind of thinking in Luke 16:19-31.

Proverbs 20:10 (NLT) — 10 False weights and unequal measures— the Lord detests double standards of every kind.

Here again people aren’t thinking about the ‘afterward’. They are just thinking about what they can get away with today that might be to their advantage. People forget that they all have to answer to God for what they have done here on earth. They might get away with cheating here but no one gets away with it with God. Sometimes we read about decisions that a judge makes in court and we say, “Wow that person got away with…” No they didn’t because the final Judge hasn’t ruled yet.

God is honest, just and fair; to be any other way is to bring shame to His name. We are created in his image. As His creation we are to image Him. Do you understand why he detests falsehood, lying, cheating and stealing?

Proverbs 20:11 (NLT) — 11 Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right.

One of the most important lessons you can teach your children is the lesson about the ‘afterward’. Help them to get in the habit of asking themselves what will be the outcome of the words I am about to speak or the action that I am about to take? This will save them many a heartache and maybe even jail time. King David probably wished he would have spent more time teaching his sons the lesson of the ‘afterward’.

Again comment with the thoughts that you have had on these verses concerning the ‘afterward’.

Be Inspired Hilltop!