Words from the Heart for Thursday September 21st, 2017
The name of the righteous is used in blessings, but the name of the wicked will rot.
Proverbs 10:7 (NIV)
The Name of the Righteous and the Wicked
Even though celebrities in our world are not really expected to live a life of righteousness, this word of the Lord remains true. We may find the language of this verse to be strong. However, wickedness will be found out. Measured against eternity, no temporary “advantage” of evil is worth the price. The Lord’s “hall of fame” has totally different entrance standards. Let us put the same value on righteousness that the Lord does.
It is no surprise that the most common last name in Canada is Smith, which is also the most common name in the USA. What might surprise you is that the second most common last name in Canada is Murphy. In Quebec, the most common family name is Tremblay. Fully 1% of Quebecers bear that name – some 80,000 individuals. Across Canada, Tremblay is the 7th most common family name, second only to Roy when it comes to francophone names.
No one names their children Adolph any more, and the Hitler name has pretty much fallen out of use. That makes sense – some names just carry too much baggage. Other names bring great honour. Oscar Schindler comes to mind. The Bible often speaks of the honour of a good name. King Solomon wrote this in Proverbs 10:7: “The name of the righteous is used in blessings, but the name of the wicked will rot.” There is no greater name than the name of Jesus – the Bible tells us that He has been given the name that is above all names. It is a Hebrew name – Yeshua – that means God saves. He alone is the Saviour. It is His name that is used in blessing. None of us will ever be righteous as He is – He is holy by nature. But when we are redeemed by Him, He imputes His righteousness in us. We become righteous because of Him. What a blessing to know that we walk in righteousness when we live in Christ and He lives in us by faith. Live for Him and in Him and as you do, your name will be righteous.
These have been words from the heart.