February 15, 2019

When you read through Proverbs 12 and may other chapters of Proverbs you will notice that there is a contrast or sometimes a comparison between the godly and the wicked. You probably observed that the outcome of the lives that both lived are totally different.

godly = those who have received God and his standards.

wicked = those who have not received God and his standards.

The godly live life vertically. In other words they are always looking up to God for his wisdom in how life is to be lived and how others are to be treated. They measure what they see and hear going on around them by what God has said. Joseph was good at this type of measuring. When Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him Joseph looked vertically and refrained because the didn’t want to sin against God. Had he only looked horizontally he would have noticed that no one else was around to catch him. Had he lived for the philosophy of the day “if it feels good do it or its just sex or everyone else is doing it” he probably would have done it. But he wasn’t living horizontally, he was living vertically. Joseph had accepted God’s standards.

Now contrast this with Cain. Cain looks around and sees that he out in the field all alone with Abel. So he kills Abel because his horizontal looking told him that no one else would see. He forgot to look up and it cost him dearly. Cain had not accepted God’s standards.

Remember when King Saul wandered into the very cave that David was hiding in with his men? It was a perfect opportunity for David to rid himself of this enemy. In fact he was encouraged to do so by his peers. But because David lived his life vertically he couldn’t and wouldn’t do it. David had embraced God’s standards.

When we think of wicked people we probably think of ISIS and how they like to video the beheading of their captives. Or we might think of child abusers, sex traffickers and abortionists etc. But according to the bible people who have refused to accept God’s standards, people who live horizontally, people who refuse to look up, are wicked people.

So if there are just two categories of people, godly or wicked, which category describes you? I think that is a great question because it helps me to see where my focus is in all of my life’s circumstances.

2 Kings 6:17 (NLT) — 17 Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.

Isaiah 40:26 (NLT) — 26 Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.

Daniel 4:34 (NLT) — 34 “After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned, and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever. His rule is everlasting, and his kingdom is eternal.

Matthew 14:19 (NLT) — 19 Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people.

Mark 7:34 (NLT) — 34 Looking up to heaven, he sighed and said, “Ephphatha,” which means, “Be opened!”

Luke 21:28 (NLT) — 28 So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”

Godly people have that wonderful habit of looking up.

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