How’s Your Walk?
Sovereign Lord, Your love and my needs draw me near to You. I anticipate a word from You now.
Read Proverbs 4:10-27
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“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psa. 119:105). There is a strong link between obeying God’s Word and experiencing wisdom.
The sixth address (10-19) is an encouragement to avoid the wrong path, while the seventh (20-27) is a challenge to continue in the right path. The use of the metaphor of walking for the whole pattern of life is common in both the Old and the New Testaments (Isa. 30:2). It suggests movement, steady and determined progress, towards a chosen goal. As we have seen before, there is a choice to be made. We can determine which road we take. If we will heed the instruction, it will bring life. Ignore it, and we find that our way is cast in the direction of those whose only intention is evil, those for whom evil has become such an ingrained pattern that all their waking hours are taken up with plotting some new form of wickedness. This can take many forms. Syrian government forces are continuing to turn heavy weapons on civilian populations. And there are also many subtler manifestations of self-interest and self-gratification.
If we listen to the voice of wisdom there will be a different outcome. While the way of the wicked leads to deep darkness, the way of the righteous wise leads to growing light (18). This is why all our faculties must be turned towards the right way–listening (20), watching (21,25), speech (24), movement (26). Above all stands the heart, not as in modern thinking the source of the emotions, but the center of thought, emotion and motivation. From our heart, seen thus, all else flows. The Hebrew is vivid, literally, “Above all watching, guard your heart.” We watch what goes in, we take care how we think, and we guard what goes out.
What steps will you take today to guard your heart?
Father, I want all my faculties turned towards You. I want to be listening, watching, speaking, and moving in step with the Spirit.