Proverb for the Day 13:5 — I Am Who I Am!

The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves

This verse offers two seemingly unconnected wise saying. Each addresses a major characters in Proverbs – “the righteous” and “the wicked.”

That “the righteous hate what is false” would be anticipated. Righteous thinking is consistent with truth and good, not falsehood.

“But the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves.” Wicked thinking does and says the kind of things that make others see them as “a stench and bring shame on themselves.”

What seems to connect these two wise sayings is the reality that what both characters do is exactly what we would expect them to do. Who I am will always manifest itself and others will see and know.

What theses sayings don’t address is how one can get from “wicked” to “righteous.”

For me that process is simple. First, I just need to admit I need it and am powerless to do it myself. Then I need to understand that only God can do this for me. Finally, I need to consciously let Him do for me what I can’t do for myself.

They are the Biblical principles behind the first 3 of the 12 Steps: I Can’t (Step 1); He Can (Step 2); So Let Him (Step 3)!