14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
And do not walk in the way of evil.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they do not sleep unless they have done evil;
And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness,
And drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun,
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know what makes them stumble.
The instruction of wisdom will always have a positive side and a negative side because wisdom has to do with the choices that we make throughout our lives. I was recently watching a show that asked the question whether or not a man’s life is determined by his worst action. This caused me to stop and to think about justice in the human realm. A man gets drunk, gets in his car and kills another human being. That action will change his life whether he goes to prison or not. Does that one action make that man a murderer and make him worthy of prison? I would say that when we forsake God’s wisdom we cannot predict the outcome and our lives can be quickly changed for the negative.
Solomon gives us stern and sharp warnings to stay away from those who reject God’s wisdom and walk in foolishness. “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.” We might just say, “Don’t go that way.” The warning indicates that we, like Eve, are susceptible to the pull of the way of sinners, and we are. But Wisdom calls us away from that path and tells that those who designed that evil path, though they make it fun, have destruction, wickedness, and violence on their minds. In other words, the path of evil fun is a dead end, a doomed path.
Then we are told about the beautiful and blessed alternative, called “the path of the just like the shining sun.” My friends, at the end of life, what do you want to remember? Do you want to remember the path of the fleshly fun filled with struggles, sin, and violent people or do you want to remember the path of light with those who treated you justly and kindly in the light of the Lord? Therefore, there are some paths of this world that we just need to get off, block off, and avoid. Instead we can then seek the paths of God’s justice and righteousness and peace. This the instruction of Wisdom.
One of the joys of Christian parenting is being able to enjoy your adult married children and their spouses. Caleb and Lindsey just spent nineteen days with us and we had a wonderful time. We did not go out every day though we did go out. We did not fill our schedules though we did more than usual. It was just nice to share life together. We are thanking the Lord for the hearts of our children to love the Savior and to reach people for His kingdom. Even while here, Caleb and Lindsey reached out in friendship to many people around us. Do keep them in your prayers as they return to teach, to love, and show the Savior through their lives.
Jared will miss his brother and sister. He got up early this morning to see them off. Jared does know his family and loves when they are around.
I am praying for your spiritual growth this week. Whatever you are doing or how ever busy you may be, I pray that you will seek the Lord, His face, and knowledge of Him through His word.
My thanks to all who worked so hard to make Sunday a special and Spirit-filled day in the Lord’ house. Church was such a blessing to so many. Thanks to all who served so willingly.
Have a great day in the Lord,