I think I have heard this concept more in the secular realm. There are mixed feelings about this. Not every workplace seems to reward good work (or punish bad work). I think as Christians we look at the wicked and wonder why their lives look so good.
However, this passage tells us that God has contempt to those who are contemptible. Being out of favor with God is not a good place to be. This passage tells us the wise will receive honor, but the fools disgrace. I prefer the concept of honor.
When I recently read these verses, I thought of the Golden Result. We tend to know the Golden Rule. I hadn’t heard the Golden Result until I started reading Ken Sande’s Relational Wisdom Blog (rw360.org). I have found it an interesting concept. I think these verses support that idea.
Dear Heavenly Father, please help me to live in humility and wisdom. Please help me to encourage others to do the same. I know Your way is the best way to live.
I pray this in Jesus’ name.
God is so good.