There are precious treasures and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a self-confident and foolish man swallows it up and wastes it.
He who earnestly seeks after and craves righteousness, mercy, and loving-kindness will find life in addition to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) and honor.
When the Holy Spirit makes me aware of something I must share, then I obey with gladness. And this week I have been blessed to have God make me aware of the righteousness of my husband. I have been proud of the changes in his spiritual life for a few years now, but God made me take the time this week to contemplate how earnestly my husband is seeking God's kingdom here on earth, and how much he cares about sharing it with others.
I have disclosed in the past that his first and middle names literally mean "Peace-Loving Warrior", and he is the embodiment of that heavenly name. He is at peace knowing that the good work which God has begun in him, He will be faithful to finish... and PLW is eager to finish strong. He is at peace, knowing that His Savior will never leave him nor forsake him; the storms and troubles of this world do not deter him.
And he has a strong warrior spirit, and he is earnestly training to take his position on the battlefield of spiritual warfare. He has gained a tremendous amount of knowledge through Scripture and from researching Godly scholars on the subject, and is ready for every fellow believer to know and use their Authority through Jesus Christ and their Power in the Holy Spirit to fight the demons in their lives. "We have been defenseless too long" is his daily motto.
Watching him desire to help others know Jesus as their Savior and to achieve their full potential in God's purpose for their lives is encouraging in this age of luke-warm Christians. He has gained a newfound discernment about who he has been called to reach, and is bold in his pursuit of sharing the good news of the kingdom of God. I have watched him patiently instruct confused Christians during our Bible studies, as well as find an articulate way to answer the questions of new seekers.
I have watched in amazement as God has brought strangers to our door; people who thought they were coming for a different reason, and ended up in thoughtful discussions on God -- from His grace to His judgment -- and everything in between. As the Proverb says, these occurrences have truly been "precious treasures and oil in the dwelling of the wise"; and they have not been wasted.
Instead of his earthly job being his priority, a new desire for greater closeness with God, and a calling to reach others for the Kingdom, has become his new focus. And he pursues it with the utmost care and joy, pressing forward as if he is going to run out of time, and he fears coming up short in his race. He's not perfect, and he will admit it. But he recently told me that he is truly trying to lead a righteous life; as the Proverbs says, to have "right standing with God". The results have been obvious.
My husband now craves his morning time in the Word and every opportunity he can get to involve people in a discussion about God's sovereignty, His mercy, His grace, His justice, and the role we have in representing Him here on earth. What's more, his life is now richer in the things that matter. His pursuit of righteousness fulfills him like nothing on this earth can.
Proverbs 10 says that "the lips of a righteous man nourish many" and I have certainly witnessed that in the love that my husband has shown others -- in his sharing of the Word; in his encouragement to those who are seeking Truth; and in his active participation in spiritual warfare. This proverb says that he will find "life". I know he is making the most of this one, and I'm betting he will be rewarded with a crown of righteousness in the next. I praise the Lord for allowing me to share in his journey.