“… But the root of the righteous cannot be moved … But the house of the righteous will stand… But the root of the righteous yields fruit.” (Proverbs 12: 3, 7, 12)
Parallels very well with:
“But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” (Luke 8: 8)
The gist of this chapter in the book of Proverbs speaks volumes of righteousness, and how blessings and the good always will follow righteousness, and suffering and anguish will always follow the wicked. The main portions of this chapter that caught my eye were the parts where it has been repeatedly mentioned in different strategic portions of the chapter that being righteous means digging deeper into the ground and taking root because righteousness is not at all something frivolous and superficial, unlike every other thing this world has to offer.
Righteousness is, a lot of times, standing for what is just, and not falling for anything that isn’t.
When a person is righteous in all his ways, he takes on a very firm stand in the way he will lead his life. He will be able to discern between the good and the bad, the right and the wrong, and the truths and the untruths. This person will walk “In the way of righteousness”, for this one narrow way leads to “life, and in its pathway there is no death.” (Proverbs 12: 28) It is almost impossible to uproot him, and even if his trunk is chopped off, his tree stump will stubbornly remain.
Religion; Christianity, for the most part of it, will bring out the best and the worst in people, because having a religion means filling up the entire pie chart of the rest of your life with it, and not many people are so willing to stay devoted and committed all the way through. What if one day something makes me decide not to remain a Christian in this true church anymore? I’ll never know.
But the one thing that does keep me grounded, is the knowledge that I am still able to kneel down and talk to God regardless of how poorly I am progressing in my life of faith, or even in life, in general; that there is still the Bible sitting in front of me, as hard proof that no human could have come up with one thousand, two hundred and three pages of complete truth, if not for God.
Jesus has set the Gold Standard for us; the standard of righteousness and goodness. As much as it will constantly remain our duty and our ultimate goal in life to strive towards this Gold Standard, “we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are,” (Hebrews 4: 15)
Be very aware of which side you have chosen to stand on, which path you have decided to run on, and why you are determined not to leave. At the end of it all, there really will be no more righteousness left to spare.