An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Way to Go

(Proverbs 10:17 KJV)  He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.

I think most of us would assume that people want to be on a “path” (734) leading to “life” (2425b).  We often make the mistake of what psychology calls “projection.”  This is a behavior which takes our assumptions and priorities and lays them on another person.  We assume that they are the same as we are.  We assume that people will tell the truth because that is the right thing to do.  We assume people will not take our lunch out of the refrigerator in the lounge because we would not do such a dastardly thing.  We assume that no one will take the last piece of pizza while we are in the bathroom.  Maybe I am going too far on that one.

We need to understand that we walk on the road less traveled.  Even in the church we find that there are many people who look at following Jesus as a recreational activity, insurance or a band-aide to fix a temporary discomfort.  If you have never seen that, get ready for a big disappointment.  Jesus pointed out that the road to life, or as Proverbs calls it here, the “path of life,” is narrow.  It will be the minority position.

So?  Focus on what the Bible is telling you, not what everyone else is doing.  Be one who “heeds” (8104) the call of the Holy Spirit, not the siren of the crowd.  Today, take the path of life.

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