The take away for me in the study of Proverbs 12 is the big difference between the intentions of the righteous and the wicked in the areas of faith, relationships, and work. The intentions of the righteous lead to a path of long-term success but the intentions of the wicked leads to a future of trouble with hard times.
Fools relate to others with deceit, disrespect, and cruelty; only doing what they desire with no concern for the well-being of others. They don’t listen to advice but go their own way. They are easily annoyed by recommendations and are set in their ways even if their way continues to lead to disaster.
The wise relate to others with honesty, respect, and kindness; never overreacting to insults but trying to listen for advice to correct any flaws. If someone insults them, they continue to be kind and seek to find common ground.
The wise take the path of righteousness and are rewarded with a future of success. Along the path, they are lifted up out of the meadows of life and inspired by the majestic mountaintops along life’s journey. Over the long term, their path gets more majestic into immortality.
This day with You Lord, we have faith in Your never-ending possibilities. Our faith is as persistent as a stream of water that eventually cuts into rock to form a stream. Nothing is too big for You Lord and we wait persistently and are focused on the possibilities. We are ready; expecting You to move in our life to cut through the hard obstacles along the way.