Proverbs 11:23

What the righteous desire leads only to good,
but what the wicked hope for leads to wrath.

You have heard me talk many times about building of the Kingdom of God instead of building up the Kingdom of Me. It seems that most in our day and age are out to build the Kingdom of Me. The irony of building a kingdom around ourselves is that in the end what we have actually done is brought wrath upon ourselves.

We think that what we are doing is fortifying our lives for our own benefit, or at best for the benefit of our family (because our selfishness doesn’t always just involve us – sometimes what we are selfish with involves other people), but what we will have done is to bring about such isolation that destruction is inevitable.

The hope of the wicked are for things that pertain to their own Kingdom building efforts. Their hope is for greater wealth, greater fame, greater power and greater greatness. In all this pursuit of things to build up our own Kingdom, we push away all those who might come along side us. We miss the opportunity to partner with someone because we are too consumed with what we’re going to get out of the relationship.

However, the righteous desire just the opposite. They want to be a part of something that is bigger than themselves. They don’t have a problem joining in on something and helping to build another Kingdom. It’s not about them or their Kingdom, it’s ultimately all about God and how what we’re doing can help build His kingdom on this earth.

The desires of the righteous lead only too good. What the wicked hope for leads to wrath. So, the question is: are you out for Deliverance or destruction?