For the month of May, we’ll take a brief look at 31 wise sayings from Proverbs 11, that’s one proverb a day…
The one who searches for good seeks favor, but if someone looks for trouble it will come to him.Proverbs 11:27, Christian Standard Bible
You reap what you sow. That’s what people say and for the most part it’s true. Solomon asks this question: Do you sow good or do you sow bad? If you set out looking for trouble, you will find it.
So, set out looking for good instead.
What does it mean to look for good? First, it means that you seek God. He is the very definition of good, after all. All that he does is good and his commands are good. Second, it means that you seek to do good. As much as you are able, you should try to live the life that God has called you to in Christ.
Third, it means that you seek to bring good to others. You live to show them love and to serve their needs all while pointing them to Jesus, our greatest good. Fourth, it means that you look for the good in others. This is part of how Paul defined love in 1 Corinthians 13–we assume the best. That doesn’t mean that we ignore the bad, but we look for the best in a person’s actions or motives as a first course.
Pursue good, and in general, that’s what you’ll find.