It’s really rather obvious: the “righteous” will receive rewards while living. It’s also obvious that the sinner and the wicked will receive “much more repayment” for their lifestyle.
While not stated quite so obviously, it is clear that someone will pass judgment on both, and both will be compensated for what they have done or not done, and how they have lived. And the “judge” will “compensate” both of them.
While in court recently, I was careful to watch the proceedings and the actions of the judge. To some, he said, “Your behavior has surprised me, and I’m going to reduce your sentence as a reward.” To others, he said, “You have broken the law once again. Therefore, your parole is revoked, and you are going back to prison.”
Judges have the power to sanction those who are under their control or jurisdiction. A sanction can be a reward for exceeding expectations or requirements. Or a sanction may be given as punishment for disobeying or breaking the law or regulations.
Some look at the Proverbs as being too simplistic or too good to be true. For example, “If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner.”
Take note of “on earth.” This is a bold statement that God is active - here and now - in rewarding or punishing - everyone - righteous or wicked. Also, these sanctions are both positive and negative. Finally, rewards from God will be handled judiciously - today and in the future!
Prayer: Father, help us to realize that You, our Judge, are watching us constantly, continuously, and, carefully. Help us to live godly lives and please You Always! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 11:31 If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner.