The Path of Wisdom

We are all on a journey.

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

If the Lord allows.

Because we have no way of knowing if today is our last, our focus should be on today, recognizing that if we are given one more day or one more year, every step we take has 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, deciding if we will 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, with heaven’s lights covered with clouds, I can barely see my hand in front of my face.  On 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 danger 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.  And when trouble comes and tries to pull you or even push you off that path, He is there to be your protector and guide.

If you see 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, five years from now?  I challenge you to read Proverbs 4.  Think about these last few verses as you look to the coming year:

“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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