“The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.” (Proverbs 12:7)
Of all the points there are to consider in this chapter, this one kept announcing its presence more than any other of the Wisdom saying included in this writing.
Somehow this passage reminded me of a lot of other “house” scriptures, not the least of which was Jesus as He overturned the tables of the moneychangers in the temple. It had become a den of thieves instead of the house of prayer that our Heavenly Father intended it to be. Consequently it was “overthrown”, effectively and symbolically, as it was completely out of alignment with God’s purpose for it.
In reference to His body as the temple, He promised that if it were to be destroyed, He would rebuild it in three days, for His body was a temple of God’s unconditional love and righteousness. Thus it was a house that would stand, no matter what.
Fast forward to 1 Corinthians 6:19, where the Apostle Paul reminds the Christians, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” We are reminded that our bodies are not, contrary to popular opinion, our own to do with as we please, but that they are designed and intended to be the temple housing the Holy Spirit – the dwelling place of God’s Presence!
It’s well worth a little time invested to read 1 Corinthians 6 in its entirety. It’s pretty clear as to what uses the body-house-temple of the Holy Spirit is to be put. And it is also very clear concerning the uses to which it is not to be put.
These passages encouraging holy “houses” are offensive to many in today’s politically correct climate, not only to non-believers, but to Christians informed by political correctness, who might do better to open their Bible and let it influence their minds and hearts – especially where it concerns these clear and straightforward admonitions as to what the “house of the righteous” is all about. In its simplest, most up close and personal form, it’s the body we have been blessed with to inhabit in health, godliness, and wholeness from birth until death.
Many houses are being overthrown in today’s if-it-feels-good-do-it world. That dis-ease is a consequence of not being at ease with God’s presence in His house / one’s body and God’s will for that body temple has become obvious. The sign over the front entrance more often would read “this house is my house”, not “this house is God’s house”. This is the place where self and self will are worshipped, and God is not welcome here.
How can His blessing reside with such a house?
How can we pray for the peace of God to fill our lives and our world while defiling the most precious of His dwelling places – the human body? That is a house divided against itself!
The peace that passes all understanding begins with the surrender of our ego will to His will unconditionally. It begins when we see ourselves co-crucified, dead, and buried in Jesus Christ. More importantly the mind hostile to God is silenced and peace begins when we have the eyes to see that we are also raised in Him, to new life! He sends the Holy Spirit to awaken us to these truths, since He desires the best for us.
Let us ask for these eyes to see!
As His temple was raised in three days, so were we raised with Him spiritually to new life, and a new and holy purpose while we are still inhabiting our bodies. The former body of sin is dead and gone! In Jesus Passion, our temple is cleansed. We are redeemed, restored, forgiven and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be both a temple and a palace where the righteousness of God, King of kings and Lord of lords, is housed forevermore.
Let us worship and honor our Lord Jesus Christ with our bodies by regarding them as holy unto the Lord alone, laying aside defiling, profane, and unworthy purposes for which our body temples (including our mind!) were never intended.
With the Holy Spirit’s help and council, let us be the house of the righteous that stands – in health, honor, and holy purpose until we are called Home!