The Path of Wisdom

Life is a journey.

Traveling through time, every person is given twenty-four hours in a day.  365 days in a year.

If the Lord allows.

Because we have no way of knowing if today will be our last, it would serve us well to focus on this day, recognizing that if we are given one more day or one more year, every step we take carries it’s consequences.

Wisdom’s path says,

“I am teaching you the way of wisdom; I am guiding you on straight paths.  When you walk, your steps will not be hindered; when you run, you will not stumble.”  Proverbs 4:11

I love the word picture. Each of us on our own path, we will decide to follow the Lord’s way or our way.  The choice is ours, carefully laid out and illuminated by His truth.

“The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until midday.  But the way of the wicked is like the darkest gloom; they don’t know what makes them stumble.”  Proverbs 4:18-19 

I live in the country where nights are much darker–with no city lights or street lights to illuminate my path.  On the darkest nights, if heaven’s lights are covered with clouds, I can barely see my hand in front of my face.  On the other hand, those nights when the moon is bright and a million stars light up the sky I can see clearly the path in front of me, though I still have to consider carefully where to walk to avoid holes, stumps, and other such dangers threatening to trip me up.

This proverb is a vivid reminder of the dangerous path of going my own way.

Taking that first step in the wrong direction can quickly get you on a path that leads you away from God’s best for your life.

Walking closely beside Him is the surest, safest way to avoid danger.  When trouble comes and tries to pull you–or even push you off that path, He will be there to be your protector and guide.

If you were to take a moment to stop and envision your life as a path, where does it seem you are headed right now?  Is your destination really where you intended to be a year from now or even five years from now?  I challenge you to read Proverbs 4.  Think about these last few verses as you look down the road:

“Carefully consider the path for your feet, and all your ways will be established.  Don’t turn to the right or to the left; keep your feet away from evil.”  Proverbs 4:26-27 

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