Archive for November 7th, 2018

Proverbs 4:12-17

In Proverbs 4:12-17 Solomon reminds his son that he’s done his job of teaching him wisdom. And because of that, the outcome is pretty sweet. “When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble”. When we follow wisdom, we are walking on a road that has been well traveled by those ahead of us and is safe for us to follow.  We can move quickly down it, because it is free of the things that cause us to stumble in other places not guided by wisdom.  The power of living a life of obedience to God’s wisdom and direction is amazing.  We have to learn it, and then live it, but when we do we can go fast and know the path will be clear.

We do have to hang on and fight for what we learn.  The world is pumping all sorts of bad information and advice at us all day every day.  Fake news, false truth, bad examples – a fire hose of things that will pull us off the wisdom road. “Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life”. Solomon emphasized the value we should have for wisdom. We should regard the love and pursuit of wisdom to be a life or death matter. We must take firm hold of wisdom because so much works to make us let go of her.  It is a struggle because everyone around us will be pulling us left or right.  The enemy doesn’t want us moving down the road of wisdom and will do whatever he can to derail us.

Solomon warns us to avoid getting off the wisdom trail. “Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil. Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on”. How many ways can he say it?  We have to run from evil and run to God.  Solomon told his children to keep from starting on the path of the wicked. If a way is never entered, it never has to be remedied. The time to correct the direction we are taking is before we take the first step.  We have to make the choice before we take a wrong turn.  We have to choose obedience and doing life God’s way.  If we don’t, the pressures of the world will drag us to the wrong path.

Those on the path of wickedness are committed to their sin. They will sacrifice sleep and money and dignity and freedom to do their evil. They don’t rest comfortably unless they draw others to join them on the path of wickedness. Sin becomes their driver, and they want to bring you on their journey. “For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble. For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence”. We have to flee those who continue to live in sin.  They will pull us away from the path of wisdom.  Who we hang out with matters.  If we want to be wise, and live a life pleasing to God, we have to be around others on that journey.  It’s not just perfect people – there are none of those – it is people who want to live victoriously for God we need to seek.

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