Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
The one who pursues righteousness and love finds life, bounty, and honor. Proverbs 21.21
Have you ever watched a film where there was a tracker, someone who was trying to follow a trail? Usually there are moments when he has to stop and look closely to see in what direction he needs to go. He may have to follow clues that are very difficult for untrained eyes to see.
This verse talks about one who pursues righteousness. The verb pursue can also mean track. The person who tracks righteousness knows where to look for the clues to find it. They also search tirelessly for the goal.
This person also tracks love which in some versions has been translated kindness. Love in the Biblical sense is doing what is best for someone, what is good and kind.
God loves those who pursue righteousness, Proverbs 15.9. The rewards for this pursuit are life, bounty, and honor. God has already made these things possible for the Christian. John 17.3 defines what eternal life is to his readers. It is knowing God and Jesus Christ. In Matthew 6.25-33, we read where God will provide the necessary things for our existence such as food and clothes if we make his kingdom our priority. Some of Paul’s last words to Timothy were to pursue righteousness in the company of other Christians, 2 Timothy 2.22.
We are not alone in this pursuit. We need each other to help us to be the best that we can be!