He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour. (Proverb 21:21)
What a most wonderful proverb! Full of the warmth of God's wisdom. It provides meat for the soul; embracing all our difficulties, enlightning life's sometimes questionable path with an enduring presence of Father God's love.
As I sit here writing this message, I can observe a mother bird feeding her newborn "chicks". Realizing that now they will be accustomed to the types of food that they will eat here after. They are totally dependent on their parents. As the bird returns to the nest, a choice has to be made which one of the four chicks will receive the precious cargo or have to wait for the next journey. Of course the hungriest and the loudest seem to win the prize.
Take a look at this proverb. Righteousness and mercy will produce life, righteousness, and honor. Our righteousness is not enough. We also have to demonstrate mercy. As the Holy Ghost brings the food of God's word to our soul, we will then know how to feed others. God will honor with his parenting character. The quoting of the Scriptures is not what others need. It is our living of them.
As food enhances the physical body with power to live and grow; so much more does the living of "the word of God" gives us a divine power to be called, "the children of God!" Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder