For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. (Proverbs 8:35 & 36)
Beautiful, loving, sweet Jesus! Magnificent to say the least, causing a stir in the heart of the sinner and the simple. For we have turned everyone to his own way and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Ponder this for a moment. When will you ever stop needing Jesus? Can you think of a moment in time that our own righteousness will speak right things to God Almighty? On the other hand, Jesus's righteousness speaks volumes. Day after day, situation after situation, with every breath we take, Jesus will always be the way, the truth and the life.
When I traveled a great deal all around this world, there was one item I never had to pack in my suitcase. That was favor of the Lord! It was always there. In a small room in Penmaenmawr, Wales, United Kingdom or before a crowd of 50,000 in Madras, India, his favor always afforded me the grace I needed. Everyone who has received Jesus as their Lord and Savior can obtain like favor. On the other hand even when a believer doesn't acknowledge him in all their ways, they will have trouble.
Beloved, no matter how you cut the cake, the slice will always come out the same; fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil. Can you imagine that?
Dr. Thomas Snyder