Hitler, one of the most powerful men in the world; had no peace or joy. He was a miserable, wretched man. Stalin had everything and was paranoid and angry. Proverbs 12:21 says, “No evil shall befall the righteous, but the wicked will be filled with evil.” That word evil can also mean adversity, affliction, calamity, distress, grief, misery, sorrow and trouble. That’s the nature of evil. Sin might have its moment, but it will always end up making you miserable and wretched. Movies sometimes show evil people laughing maniacally. But evil and joy ultimately don’t go together. In Hebrew, one of the words for blessing and joyfulness is a way of saying righteous. Righteousness and joy ultimately go together. God’s people are to rejoice always. Why? Because only God’s people can rejoice. Turn away from evil and temptation. See it for what it is, a rip-off that takes a way your joy. Pursue righteousness and godliness. The way of evil is for the miserable. But the way of righteousness is the way of joy.
Today’s Mission – Walk in His righteousness today – turn away from all evil, temptation and sin, and do so in joy, because of joy, and for joy.