“Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain
is a righteous man
who gives way before the wicked.”
In Proverbs 25, we see the righteous man yield to the wicked and he is compared to a muddied spring or a polluted fountain.
What use is a muddy spring?
Is it good for drinking water?
Is it good for bathing, washing clothes or feeding the animals?
Disease and pollution lurk there.
In the same way, we have all seen a righteous man fall. Perhaps it was a Pastor or a Professor…or a friend or a family member. No matter who it is – when it happens it hurts. It hurts to watch it happen.
Because this man or woman who was a fountain of life is no longer refreshing. They are polluted. Polluted by their wayward actions and compromise.
Sometimes the fall is brought about through pride or lust. Other times, it comes through doubt or a lack of discernment. And still other times it comes through a desire to please the wicked and fit into the culture.
Oh how my heart hurts, when I see righteous ones following the world –rather than the Word. When righteous ones exchange their morals, values, standards and principles for wayward thinking. When we compromise truth in the name of love –or love in the name of truth. When we give way to the fear of man –rather than the fear of the Lord and become lukewarm in our faith.
Have you ever drank a cup of lukewarm coffee? Blak – it’s awful!
God says to the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3:15,16
I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
OH friends, may we not be lukewarm in a day in age that requires we take a stand. May we not fear the wicked or the things they may do or say to us because of our faith.
All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
(2 Timothy 3:12)
Some – under pressure – may deny Christ.
Peter did – we are not above it. There is hope for those who fall —if we repent, Jesus always forgives. Consequences still come but like Peter – we can still be used for God’s glory.
But those who simply yield to the wicked, give into temptation and then continue to follow on that path…they are a muddy spring. They become useless for the kingdom of God.
I found this little gem in my coffee this week (it’s a bug):
Friends, I am not above falling.
Pray for me.
Never hold me on a pedestal because I write Bible studies. I have seen too many spiritual leaders fall to not tremble just a bit when I consider the embarrassment that could lie ahead if I were to go off course.
I am a sinner saved by grace nothing more. I have no superhuman strength against temptation – although I do have the Holy Spirit inside of me which certainly helps 😉 and I am yielding myself to him…but the enemy is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour and I am well aware of the target on my back and the spiritual warfare I face on a regular basis.
I get tired.
I get worn down.
My mouth gets ahead of my brain.
I make mistakes.
I am a work in progress.
I am on this journey with you.
May we surrender our lives to God each and every day and live boldly for Him –until the day we get to see each other in heaven – face to face.
Oh what a glorious day it will be!
Hold on righteous one — and do not give way to the wicked!
Keep walking with the King,
Have you seen a righteous man or woman fall? How did it affect you?
Are you struggling with being lukewarm? Determine today to live bravely!