Proverbs 15:19–21 (ESV)
19 The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway.
20 A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
21 Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.
The Scripture writers often used the illustration of the kind of roads someone was travelling on as a description of their life. In verses 19 and 21 the idea of a level highway and walking straight ahead indicate the life of one who knows where he or she is going, is making good progress, and does not make needless turns to the right or the left. A level highway makes for good travel, good speed, and little danger of a crash or of making a wrong turn. All in all, travelling straight ahead on a good and level highway is where all of us want to be.
This level highway is contrasted with walking through a hedge of thorns while living in folly, or in useless activities. If you have ever had to walk in thorns, you choose your steps very carefully and you really cannot help but getting scratched. You do not make much progress and a short distance can take a very long time. This struggle of direction and progress is used to describe one who is lazy and one who lacks good sense. By the choices of their lives they do not make much progress, they are easily distracted from their purpose, and nothing seems to come easy for them.
In the middle of this contrast of the paths of life is a simple and repeated statement about a wise son who makes a glad father and a foolish son who despises his mother (he despises her because she wants to help guide him but he would rather live in the folly of the thorns). Parents want to help their children to avoid the thorns while enjoying the level highways of life. Parents want to see their children walking in wisdom and reaching their goals. Young people, let your parents help you. They are heavily invested in you and know you better than anyone else. As you benefit from your parents as a wisdom source, you will avoid the thorns and the folly of senseless living. You will enjoy your parents and they will be glad for your life.
We would request your prayer for Bobbi’s brother, Shawn. Shawn had to make an emergency trip to the US from Brazil due to an issue in his eye. It is very painful and has a risk of losing his eyesight. They were at Duke University Hospital where tests were run. Pray for wisdom for the doctors and comfort and healing for Shawn. Pray for peace for Shawn’s wife Donna and for their children, Andrew and Anna-shay are still living at home.
Pray for a man named Midian, his sons Patrick and Torino attend JIBC. Midian was admitted to a local hospital with cancer at serious levels in his body. I hope to see Median today.
Have a great day in the Lord,