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, July 4, 2012

Check for Construction Zones

(Proverbs 4:14-5 KJV)  Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.  Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.

Today I am listing two verses because to understand this verse you need to read the context.  What are we looking out for here?  In verse 14 it warns us about the “path of the wicked.”  It is a way of living that is waiting to lead us to both a living and an eternal Hell.  It's existence is the bad news.

The good news is that it is an option, not a necessity.  It is possible to “avoid” (6544a) evil.  We are not “helpless pawns in the hands of fate.” 

Think of how you are planning your driving for the day on vacation.  You have certain requirements for the day but beyond that you can decide how to get there.  You go on line and check the traffic conditions for immediate access and you also can check for construction and detours on the way.

In terms of life this is following the path God has laid out for us.
(Isaiah 35:8 KJV)  And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
The NASB calls this the “Highway of Holiness.”  I like that.

So?  Look ahead.  What possible bottlenecks will you be facing in your walk today?  Some you can avoid, some you can’t.  Don’t wander off into areas you can and should avoid.

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