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The Proverbial Journey 4

March 4, 2010

Proverbs Chapter 4

Vs. 1 – “Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.”

  • Listen
  • Pay Attention
  • Gain Wisdom

When a “father” – Heavenly Father, Spiritual Father, or Loving Natural Father – pours wisdom into your life, lay a hold of it.  Keep it.  Buy into it.  Own it.

We can’t really half heartedly do this following Jesus thing and have it work it’s work in us.  God wants it all.  It’s an all or nothing venture.  Not that you are going to get it all correct.  It’s not about the amount of great works you can do, but it is about “love the Lord your God with ALL”.

Doing things God’s way not only has spiritual benefits, but it will benefit us in our physical lives as well.

Vs. 13 – “Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.”

  • Hold on to Godly instruction
  • Don’t let it go – Be Faithful
  • Guard it well – Watch your influences

Vs. 14-19 – “Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. For they cannot sleep till they do evil; they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall. They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.”

You cannot have it both ways.  You cannot have life and continue to live like the wicked.  You either live in the light and see or in the darkness and stumble.  Often we want it both ways.  We want the results we want the way we want them, but aren’t willing to sacrifice or lay down the things God is after.  We become afraid of losing friends, status, things, or comfort.  True freedom is found in holding it all up to the light and allowing God to expose those areas in us.

Vs 23 – “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”

How do we guard our hearts so the life can spring up and overflow?

Vs. 24-27

– Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. (Be careful about what you talk about)

– Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. (Don’t be distracted by side issues, keep your eyes on what you’re called to do)

– Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. (think about where you are headed, make Godly plans and walk on Godly principles)

– Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. (Choose to obey Christ)

What are your thoughts on Chapter 4?  I was really struck by being reminded that I can’t have it both ways, no matter how hard I try sometimes.

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One Comment
  1. Helen permalink

    I think this chapter speaks to me about staying focused in my own life! It is so easy to get involved, upset, undone by what other people are doing with their lives. I have to guard my own heart and guard my own life. Verse 25 seems to sum up what I am thinking about – “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you”. I must choose to stay focused on who I have chosen to follow and gain my wisdom from. This world is trying to scream it’s perversness into our lives….on the other hand, God’s word is quiet and soothing and peaceful. It is a wellsping of life….but I have to “come away” from this world and find a quiet place to absorb all that God wants to teach me. Once we choose the way of wisdom….we can be a wellspring of life for other people. Wisdom makes our life choices easier….we’re not led around in the dark, stumbling as we go…..we know where we’re headed and as we grow closer to Christ, things get clearer and clearer. We go from glory to glory!

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