In pursuit of what is good

 

Proverbs 14--22From Proverbs come these words of wisdom as the Verse of the Day for February 23, 2018:

Proverbs 14:22

Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.

Here we see the contrast between those who “plot evil” and those who “plan what is good.” Clearly, those who plan what is good are intentional in their pursuits and rewarded in finding love and faithfulness.

In Deuteronomy 12:28 we find a similar reference to “doing what is good.”

Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the Lord your God.

Likewise, Job 34:4 uses a similar expression:

Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.

Likewise, in Romans 12:9 in the Amplified Bible we find a reference not only to pursuing what is good but to firmly grasp what we find:

Love is to be sincere and active [the real thing—without guile and hypocrisy]. Hate what is evil [detest all ungodliness, do not tolerate wickedness]; hold on tightly to what is good.

In thinking about pursuing what is good, I recall a previous blog entry:

In Pursuit of What is Good

See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone,

but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

1 Thessalonians 5:15

 

As a hunter reads footprints and tracks down his game,

So our desire to pursue good as we awake.

Desire, a fire, flames the passion held so deeply.

Having felt Your touch and known Your presence before,

As lovers pursue, we yearn for You even more,

Assured all who pursue the good shall also find.

As the sun rises to follow its daily course,

Zealously we seek You with our heart, soul and mind,

As one traces a winding river to its source,

As one forsakes all to purchase priceless treasure,

So we seek what is good, to know your good pleasure.

We conclude this blog entry with a song of worship that also came to mind, “My Soul Follows Hard after Thee” with lyrics by Don Moen:

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