Righteousness guards but wickedness overthrows. Righteousness is a guard for the righteous. It watches over their lives. It keeps them safe. It preserves them from danger. Thankfully that righteousness is not my own since I fail so often to live a righteous life. Thank God that I am clothed with the righteousness of Christ! It is His righteousness that goes before me and is my rear guard. It is His righteousness that keep me safe when the world is at odds with me.
But the wickedness of the wicked overthrows them. Their wicked ways pervert their lives. Their lies collapse all around them and bring them to ruin. If not in this world, definitely in ages to come. They will one day have to bow their knee to the King of Kings!
Now, you might be saying, “I am not a wicked person.” By the grace of God I would agree with you, but I know that I’ve done some pretty wicked things in my life. When I sin, it brings ruin and destruction. It just does. If not on the outside, then on the inside. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Gal. 6:7-8.
So, what kind of seed have you been sewing this week? Righteousness or Wickedness? Or a little of both? If you want your foundation sure and your path secure, sew righteousness. If you want to build your life on the shifting sands of wicked ways, just be aware that your house will crumble eventually.