“Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.”
There is a wage for doing wrong, but there is a recompense for doing right. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death…” It is interesting that sin has a wage, but righteousness has a recompense. A wage is something that you have earned, while a recompense is something for which you are reimbursed. In other words, you are investing when you do righteousness, but you are building debt when you commit sin. It is always better to be recompensed for the acts that you do than to have to pay the wage for what you do.
God says in the verse above, “Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth…” Not only will God reimburse you for what you do for Him, but He will make sure that you are reimbursed for your righteous actions while you are alive. In Proverbs 11, God shows several ways that He recompenses you for doing right.
First, God recompenses you by delivering you from financial death. Verse 4 says, “Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.” Many have gone into financial ruin because of their sin. One of the easiest ways to get out of debt is to start doing right. Sin is expensive, and the money you spend on sin could be put towards paying down debt if you would stop committing sin.
Second, God recompenses you by directing your way. Verse 5 says, “The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way…” You will find it is much easier to discern what to do in life if you will live right. Righteousness has a way of giving you common sense and discernment for daily living. If you want to keep yourself walking in the right way, you had better keep yourself doing right.
Third, God recompenses you by keeping you out of trouble. Verses 6 and 8 show that doing right keeps you out of trouble. If you find yourself constantly getting into trouble, you might want to see how many righteous acts you have been doing lately. You will find that those who get into trouble regularly are those who habitually commit sin. If you don’t want to build a wrong reputation, then stop doing wrong and you won’t be known as the one who always does wrong. It is always better to build a testimony of doing right than to have a reputation as the one who always does wrong.
Fourth, God recompenses you by giving you a “sure reward.” In other words, doing right builds a secure life that you won’t quickly lose. Those who do right tend to find themselves having secure assets which are not quickly lost. If you want your life to be stable, you would be wise to live a righteous life.
Fifth, God recompenses you by giving you the right desires. Verse 23 says, “The desire of the righteous is only good…” Righteous acts produce righteous desires. If you’re struggling with doing wrong, you would be wise to start doing right because you will see the recompense for doing right is that God changes your desires to do right.
Sixth, God recompenses you by making you fruitful. Verse 30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life…” The person who lives a righteous life will find themselves being fruitful in the work of the LORD. If you try to win the lost for Christ continually, you will be pleased with God’s recompense of your actions by giving you fruit to enjoy.