Their Roots Will Never Be Moved

Proverbs 12:3

"No one is established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will never be moved." ESV

This Proverb doesn't seem to make sense when we think in terms of worldly economics, and the reality of our present world order. Even the Bible itself insists that the wicked sometimes (often?) prosper, while righteousness can easily lead to poverty, disenfranchisement, and suffering. As we saw in the Proverbs, the wicked praise each other, and build systems that favor wicked values.

But this Proverb doesn't tell us wicked people never get rich. It says they won't be established. Theirs is a temporary success at best. It is a travesty of the real thing. One day soon, everything the wicked does will disappear. Indeed their reward will worse then disappear; it will transform into justice.

 The root of the righteous, however, will never be moved. For the righteous person builds their life on something solid, eternal, permanent. When we choose to conform to God's laws - to the way he designed the universe, we will live according to his economy, and will find true success. 

While the wicked may succeed for a short time, the righteous always play the long game. The righteous seek a city that lasts; a city with foundations.