Then I saw the wicked buried. They used to go in and out of the holy place and were praised in the city where they had done such things. This also is vanity. Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil. Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I know that it will be well with those who fear God, because they fear before him. But it will not be well with the wicked, neither will he prolong his days like a shadow, because he does not fear before God. – Ecclesiastes 8:10-13 ESV
Wise or Wicked? It seems like a clear choice, the Bible casts those as THE 2 choices. A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back. One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless. for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity. (Proverbs 29:11, 14:16, 24:16) God says all people fall into 2 categories WISE or WICKED- it is what we do in our head and heart, that overflows to our ACTIONS- this decides which path we take- what God considers us!
Leader, wisdom is from God, so a wise person is one who gets their instructions from God; without a vision (no redemptive revelation of God) people perish. (Prov 29:18) Wicked people are- THEIR OWN GOD. Their knowledge and success and actions are theirs and so is the glory. The wicked do not worship God- they worship themselves. For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord. In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.” (Psalm 10:3, 4) One trait of a wicked person is arrogance. Their life flows out of self-importance. In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised. (Psalm 10:2)
Conduit, the wicked man is not only arrogant, but also proud, aggressive and violent. This is the second part of the psalmist’s description. Their words are violent- see those in the RESISTANCE- hating our President: His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity. (Psalm 10:7) And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. (James 3:6) And then he added, “It is what comes from inside that defiles you. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.” (Mark 7:21-23) This is why we need a NEW HEART, a NEW SPIRIT, a NEW reason to live! The wise know it is about GOD, the wicked think it is about them! Get OFF YOURSELF, Conduit and get about the FATHERS business! No shared glory and remember it is all about HIM and how you can serve HIM by serving them! Today, BE WISE!