The Path of the Righteous
“So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it, but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.” – Proverbs 2:20-22
Most of our walk with the LORD is based on faith since there are things that are unseen. What we do see would make us question our faith sometimes and that is why we “walk by faith and not by sight”. While there are questions of the righteous concerning the ways of the righteous and the wicked, the biggest question may be why the wicked prosper at times? Throughout the Holy Bible there are examples of this question being made from Moses, Job, the Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes.
Why do the wicked prosper at times? It is difficult to know exactly why but there is a perspective that can be seen. The LORD wants us to trust Him in our everyday walk and although there are times when we face difficulties, He delivers us out of them all. He provides safety and goodness to us. While it may appear that the lives the wicked may be at ease or easier, that is also not the case. The LORD pronounces judgment on wicked ways and makes sure to establish rules and commandments to prevent wickedness from disrupting and corrupting our lives.
The righteous are given plentiful land that is reserved for their livestock and their dwellings and for peace. There they will remain in it. As Israel was given the promised land, so the righteous are provided their land from the LORD as well as peace. On the contrary, the wicked do not receive this benefit. Even when wicked people seek to do evil, the LORD shows that they are destined for destruction and to be rooted out of the land. Therefore, while momentarily it appears that wickedness provides unjust gains, it is rooted out.
The LORD instructs us in the ways we should walk and be able to also understand how to walk uprightly and righteously. They allow for a secure place to walk and for peace to be found in every step. It provides our necessities, but it provides His presence in our lives which is also a necessity.