Proverbs 12

“In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death” (v28).  Both the Old and New Testaments urge us to pursue “righteousness” – not because we can save ourselves by being good, but because following God’s ways is the foundation of a fruitful life: “Those who plan peace have joy” (v20).  Hard work and self-discipline, combined with kindness, produce results long into the future (v10,11,14).  Most importantly, we find favor with God and delight Him by our obedience (v2,22). 

“The root of the righteous will never be moved” (v3).  Everyone – even the righteous – faces troubles, but when our lives are rooted in God, we will not be destroyed (v3).