Proverbs 12

“No one is established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will never be moved” (v3).  The proverbs teach us that when we make daily choices (big and small) to do what is right and to think what is right (v5), these decisions produce long-term stability and health in our lives.   If we commit ourselves to hard work and truthful, kind speech, our work and our relationships will benefit (v11, v14).  Our “good behavior” cannot prevent disaster or the evil of others, yet following God’s ways changes how we face the world.

“In the pathway of righteousness is life” (v28).  Jesus calls us to follow the Way in word and deed, and to find real, abundant life.