Avoid That Path!
Proverbs 4:14-15 (NKJV) "Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it; Turn away from it and pass on."
God's children can't expect God's leading if they shuttle back and forth between the path of wisdom and the path of the wicked. We should stay as far away from that path as we can! Don't enter it! Avoid it! Don't go near it! Go as far as you can! Certainly we must witness to unsaved people whom the Lord brings to us, but we must never adopt their lifestyle or imitate their ways. God doesn't guide His children when they are walking in darkness. When we are living in the will of God, the path gets brighter and brighter, not darker and darker.
Proverbs 4:10-11 (NKJV) -" Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And the years of your life will be many. I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths."
When a person receives God's truth into his or her heart, God renews that person's mind.( Rom.12:2) and enable him or her to think wisely. This helps the person make right decisions and experience the guidance of God day by day. God in His loving providence directs us and prepares the path for us. King David said," You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."( Ps.16:11)
Proverbs 4:5 (NKJV) - " Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth."
"Get wisdom" suggests "buy wisdom." because the Hebrew word carries the idea of a commercial transaction. To want to know God's truth and obey it comes with a price. " Buy the truth and do not sell it"( Prov.23:23). Parents and grandparents can teach us, but only we can receive the Word into our hearts, cherish it, and pay the price to obey it.
When I Was A Boy!
Proverbs 4:1 (NKJV) "Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding;"
Sometimes children don't like to hear Dad begin," Back when I was a boy...", but they might learn a lot if they paid attention and listened. Dad learned wisdom from his father, and now he's passing it to the next generation. This is the primary way God ordained for His truth to be preserved and invested from generation to generation.
Your Neighbor and You!
Proverbs 3:31-32 (NKJV) -"Do not envy the oppressor, And choose none of his ways; For the perverse person is an abomination to the LORD, But His secret counsel is with the upright."
If a neighbor is a perverse person who scoffs at your faith, the Lord will guide us in letting our light shine and show His love, so that we will influence this neighbor and he or she won't lead us astray. Sometimes it takes a great deal of patience, prayer, and wisdom to rightly relate to people who don't want Christians in the neighborhood, but perhaps that's why God puts us there.
Daily devotional written by Pastor Lynn Sasser.