You often hear it said, “Good guys never win.” Well today, the Bible and I are here to tell you the truth. That cliché is a lie! It just simply is not necessary to play dirty to win at anything in life. There is no need to spy on the game plans of the opposing team in order to achieve victory. There is even no need to “Forget back stabbing…and get them from the front,” in the words of Omarosa from this season’s Celebrity Apprentice. There are undoubtedly many who wish to refute me by saying that underhandedness is the means through which innumerable people reap wealth. What everyone needs to remember, however, is that nothing gets past God. Although some people may gain momentary benefits through ill-gotten means, they have to face punishment from the Heavenly father when it is all said and done. This brings us to our key text for today coming out of Proverbs 1:10 — 19 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. 11 If they say, come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause, 12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave, and whole, as those that go down into the pit; 13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil; 14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: 15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path; 16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. 17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. 18 And they lay in wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. 19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy of gain, who taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
In this passage of scripture, the inspired Word of God is telling us to abstain from devious ways and building our wealth by attempting to steal it from others. The Word also tells us not to take company with people who behave in this manner. It is clearly explained that if you set a trap for someone else you are actually setting a trap for yourself and waiting to shed your own blood.
This was Omarosa’s problem on Celebrity Apprentice. Specifically on this season, she argued that because she was there to win, she would do whatever it took even if it meant stabbing people from the front — which she did not hesitate to do. She even went so far as to say the mentality she was bearing was the same mentality that allowed previous contestants to win. Donald Trump and his board told her that was not so and named examples of people who won perfectly fair and who were well liked by their fellow competitors. Omarosa was not receptive of that, however, and continued in her ruthless ways. Everyone was afraid of her to the point that contestants would verbalize how they were constantly looking out for the snares she had set. One day, however, it was her own ruthless mentality that became her own trap. When the contest required contestants to call upon friends to help raise money, Omarosa was not able to effectively compete with her peers. In the words of Piers Morgan — whom sat on the board for this fundraising task — to Omarosa, “You couldn’t call anyone, because you don’t have any friends!” Hence, the devious attitude she thought would be a stumbling block to others became her own downfall and the end of her time on Celebrity Apprentice — a living, current example of what the scriptures describe.
So, take a hint from the Bible and Omarosa. Do things fairly and with integrity as the Lord has asked us to do. You are right. You may not always win here on earth, but you will be rewarded by God in eternity. Have a blessed day!
Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories from the Christian perspective, available on Amazon.com in the fall of 2013. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.