Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Those OTHER Wicked People

Pro 4:14  Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil men.
Pro 4:15  Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on.
Pro 4:16  For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made some one stumble.
Pro 4:17  For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
Pro 4:18  But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
Pro 4:19  The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.
Pro 4:20  My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.
Pro 4:21  Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart.
Pro 4:22  For they are life to him who finds them, and healing to all his flesh.
Pro 4:23  Keep your heart with all vigilance; for from it flow the springs of life.
Pro 4:24  Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.
Pro 4:25  Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.
Pro 4:26  Take heed to the path of your feet, then all your ways will be sure.
Pro 4:27  Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

Lest we get too excited in talking about these other wicked people, we need to remember that when we aren't following God, we're not on the path of life either.  And we need to be following God 100%; not just showing up for church on Sunday and trying not to get mad at bad drivers the rest of the week.

Of course, if we could follow God completely 100% of the time, we wouldn't need Jesus.  So all of these verses can reference us a lot more frequently than we'd like to admit!  That's why the writer keeps reminding us to pay attention.  This isn't a passive life, following God.  It requires vigilance (4:23).  It requires watching what we are doing (4:25).  It requires the intentional avoidance of evil and the pursuit of good.

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