But the “be seen” always put pressure on me. I had to wear a shirt and tie, make sure my shoes were shined and my pants had a “sharp crease” in them. And, I still follow those rules to this day whenever I attend a meeting or appear in public.
“Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?” wrote Solomon. The word “actions” implies “patterns of behavior that become second nature and last a life time.” It’s called second nature for a reason: behaviors become routine and are done without much thinking. And this captures the idea of this verse: What is in our behavior is a reflection of our character. Or, what’s on the inside will be seen on the outside.
The words “Even small children…” may lead us to the wrong conclusion if we do not look carefully at what Solomon is saying. “Even” means “in addition to” adults. We see patterns in children that reveal what is at the center of their hearts. Without being aware or even thinking about it, our behaviors are very consistent, from childhood through adulthood. They do not vary and we do what we do because it “gets” us what we want!
When we stand back and look at our lives and ask: “Is my life what I want it to be? Am I pleasing God and honoring Him?” If the answer is “No,” - it’s time to turn to the Lord and ask for His grace and mercy. We must never give up on ourselves or others!
Prayer: Lord, may we be careful in everything we say and do. May we reflect Your love and grace always and in all things. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 20:11 Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?