The Result of Self Righteousness (iniquity)

Proverbs 22:8 Dissected & Defined

He that soweth iniquity (self-righteousness) shall reap vanity (emptiness): and the rod of his anger shall fail (be insufficient).

Daily-Devo Paraphrase:

Please notice the punctuation mark of the colon. The colon (:) is a punctuation that precedes an explanation. I like to say that “the colon keeps things rollin’.” The colon simply says, “Hey, I’m going to further explain what I just told you.”

He then reveals a Hidden Life Truth worth enunciating with a deeper explanation:

He that soweth iniquity (self-righteousness): The word sow means “to scatter.” It is promised that we will reap what we have scattered. The word reap means “to receive as a return.” Thus, Solomon says if we try to do right without God’s assistance, (that is self-righteousness) then we will find ourselves doing good, but doing it in our own power.

When we do good in our own power, we will receive nothing in return. That is what vanity is. We will not be blessed, and we will not experience joy. We will never be content. When we do good, but it is absent of the power of God, it is without reward.

He goes on to say…and the rod of his anger shall be insufficient. The “rod” being spoken of pictures an outgrowth, sort of like a branch or twig.  What he is saying is, “The outgrowth of anger that comes from the miserable sower of self-righteous iniquity will not be enough to turn back the consequences of the harvest he has reaped.”

We will surely be disappointed in a life that is spent in worthless self-righteousness. We will try so hard to do good, and sometimes we will do good.  Maybe we will even do good often. But, God will not reward it. It will be worth nothing. You and I, when we behave like this and are thus not rewarded, will surely turn to our anger to try to satisfy our frustrations. But, it will do us no good, for even that effort will bring failure.

So, here is a word of encouragement to those of us who struggle with the rod of self-righteous works: Lay down your rod and yield to God.

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Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

3 thoughts on “The Result of Self Righteousness (iniquity)

  1. Praise the Lord for these articles so I can still be ministered by you Bro. Curington, as well as others leaders and preachers up there in Rockford!I am going to keep saying it, “I love and miss you all!”

  2. Praise the Lord for these articles so I can still be ministered by you Bro. Curington, as well as others leaders and preachers up there in Rockford!I am going to keep saying it, “I love and miss you all!”

  3. Praise the Lord for these articles so I can still be ministered by you Bro. Curington, as well as others leaders and preachers up there in Rockford!I am going to keep saying it, “I love and miss you all!”

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