The Righteous Shall Not Be Moved
Proverbs 12:3, “A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.”
“(23) The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
(24) Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
(25) I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
One of the promises of God that we see throughout the Bible is the fact that God will never leave the righteous. Numerous times throughout Scripture we see the phrase, “I will never leave thee…” Another aspect of this promise is the fact that the righteous shall not be moved.
Proverbs tells us that “a man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.“
This is a promise that many Christians simply forget. We believe this promise only when our circumstances are favorable and as soon as they plummet, we forget we have a Jehovah-Shammah, who is an ever present help in time of trouble. The Lord is there with us, even in the valley of the shadow of death, he is still our continual Jehovah-Raah, guiding us through.
The next verse, taken from Psalms says that” the steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.” That word delighteth means that he continually delights in his way. Because the righteous (saved) person delights in God’s Word, God promised to order his steps.
The next verse gives us another great truth to meditate on:
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
The Bible never guarantees that the righteous man will never fall. In fact, the Bible clearly states that “a just man falleth seven times and riseth up again.” However, the Bible assures us that when we stumble and fall, we will not be “utterly cast down” such that we cannot get back up again. God continually upholds us through His Power and provides protection for us in the darkest times.
The Apostle Paul put it this way:
2 Corinthians 4:9-10
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
May we always rest assured with the Blessed Hope that God will never leave us nor forsake us and that the righteous shall not be moved.