The Real You

Do you really know the drivers and the team? I think that is an interesting question I get once in a while. Of course the person asking usually wants to know what “famous” drivers I have met. That is completely different than knowing a person. When we know someone we know their character. Think with me.

When I say the word character what does it mean to you? Character from dictionary .com: – the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing. – moral or ethical quality. Character is what is in your core, what you do when no one is watching. This is the real you.

Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.
Interesting to think about. There are pastors and leaders that change what we think God is saying in the Bible but there is only what God says in His Word. That is why it is so important we do the hard work of digging for truth.
Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.
Echo! 16:2; 16:2; 20:6 all spoke to this. This verse ends like the others, the LORD measures and knows the heart. It is not “What’s in your wallet” that counts, it is “what’s in your heart.” That is what counts.
Proverbs 21:3 To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
We have talked about this previously, but look at what is important to God – righteousness and justice. We have looked a lot at righteous and righteousness but let’s pause and take a closer look at “justice”. What are your first thoughts when you think of “justice”? I think court and “getting justice” I have heard this completely misused several times in the past month or so. The Vine’s Bible Dictionary says it is the execution of a sentence, punishment; what is right in a judicial hearing. The International Children’s Bible Dictionary says, “The practice of what is right and just. Justice specifies what is right, not only based on laws, but also by what makes for right relationships, harmony, and peace.”
Proverbs 21:4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart the lamp of the wicked, are sin.
Kind of the reverse of what we have heard before in Proverbs on the lamp, light, path. Here we see how eyes and the heart are destructive, sin! SIN! Like I have said before, this is serious.
Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
Speaking of plans, we echo earlier teachings. Again we are reminded to stop and think before we jump in and react. We are also reminded that if we don’t stop and think and pray we will lose out.
Proverbs 21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.
Another direct shot, hit! Those who lie are not good. It may bring money into your life but the cost will be eternal in a negative way. I have a lot I could say here. Maybe we will side bar on this some time.
Proverbs 21:7 The violence of the wicked will sweep them away, because they refuse to do what is just.
Let’s focus on a couple of words here:
Violence – we see violence all around us. Every day in the newspaper, on the TV, on the internet we see and hear of violent acts. We would like to say they are all overseas or in the big city but they are not. They are in every community and in every country. There are those trying to say that things are less violent than a few years ago but that is NOT true. The truth is, we in America are seeing more and more hate and destruction. Man is wicked and we keep taking God out of schools, society and most frustrating is out of churches. We have blurred the lines and then wonder why things are going the way they are.
Refuse – Tied into what we just talked about is the refusal of so many to acknowledge God and to not seek Him and to not surrender to Him. Do you see the stubborn, self-filled attitude in this refusal? Think about those two words – surrendered vs. refusal. This too ties into character we talked about in the opening.
Proverbs 21:8 The way of the guilty is crooked, but the conduct of the pure is upright.
Guilty or pure. How will you be found? God knows your heart. We may be able to fool people but God knows. He will have us give account.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,