"A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly." Proverbs 21:28 [The Darby translation says speaketh unchallenged].
"He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour." Proverbs 21:21
These are the verses that I heard on Moody radio this morning as I sat, parked in front of the courthouse nervously waiting for my hearing. It was a sermon by Stephen Olford and it was exactly what I needed to hear this morning.
Olford said that the test of power is reality. A false witness is a liar. He lives in unreality. He acts as if he is what he isn't. The unreality is covered up by play acting. He is a wonderful actor. He is not real. He is a phony. He acts so successfully that he fools everyone, including himself. And unless he gets right with God and repents of his sins, he will perish.
This is honestly what I feel up against. I'm not the most well spoken, despite the words that flow when I write. I struggle with what to say... how to present my case. I worry that I won't know how to combat the lies because they are so eloquently composed.
The man that heareth speaketh unchallenged. Reality. When you live in reality rather than falsehoods, your actions will speak for you. Sometimes I forget that, thinking I need to compose the perfect explanations to defend myself.
"Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation." 1 Peter 2:12
Today, although the issues weren't completely resolved, things went okay. I didn't have to say much, which was a relief to me. I was thankful for the Lord's gentle reminder to just keep doing the right thing. In this crazy, fallen world, I may not always see things go my way. Sometimes the wicked seem to be the ones who prosper. However, eventually all will be made right. And living in reality, a clear conscious is huge and is a reward in itself.
Thank you Lord for encouragement along a sometimes difficult path to travel.