When the Whirlwind Passes

Today's devotion from Proverbs 10.

This chapter presents a comparison between the wicked and the righteous. There are many points of contrast between the two. Some of the examples include hopes, fear, interactions with others, righteous living, and relationship with God. In these things, as you can imagine, the author tells us that it is always better with God. What we sometimes fail to realize, however, is that while the outcomes are better with God, the situations described are often the same.

The verse that gave us the title of today's devotion reads, "When the whirlwind passes, the wicked are no more, but the righteous are secure forever." (Proverbs 10:25, CSB) Now, the truth that we know but don't want to admit is that both the righteous and the wicked must weather the whirlwind.

Walking with God doesn't always mean that He will spare you from the devastating circumstances this world can and will throw at you. The difference between the two is not in one's exemption, but in God's protection. This principle is on display throughout the chapter. For one, instruction is life. For the other, it is rejected. The righteous pour into others through conversations and interactions whereas the wicked poison others.

The difference is defined by God's presence and protection. That is to say, when God is with us, even the most devastating situations can become meaningful in His plan. He can turn our failures into triumphs and our flaws into strengths, but only through our faithful recognition of Him. His presence. His power. His definition of success and failure.

Today, walking with God may lead you headlong into the whirlwind. Might I offer some advice? Instead of questioning why this is happening to you, you might spend some time thanking Him for His promise to see you through it. After all, the wicked and the righteous will weather the storm. The difference is in when the whirlwind passes.