Being Wise In Our Goings
Proverbs 4:20 - 27
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
Hooty the Owl was warned as a tiny owl to avoid the dark alley of doom. The dark alley of doom is known for it's large population of fat cats. The fat cats feast on the leftovers from the "Fish and Fritters Restaurant". located just between "Beer and Bites" and "Ludy Books". The dumpsters are full of nasty snails which owls love to eat. Every now and then Hooty dreams of the giant sized snails, which owls find tasty. They are a temptation for every bird from near and far. He was told as a very young owl "you must not join in with the other birds. His parents told Him of the deaths of many a bird.. that did not listen to wise advice. They died a terrifying death in the paws of ravenous cats who's fondest dreams came true.
Hooty has found himself in somewhat of a dilemma, his long time friend has invited him to a tempting night of adventure to the dark alley of doom. He knows if he tells them no he's going to look like a chicken and no owl likes looking like a chicken. He also knows that if he accepts the invitation, he will disobey everything he's been taught by his dear departed parents, who loved him more than anyone else. What do you think Hooty should do - fall for a nice juicy snail and the adventure of it all? or use wisdom to guide his decision even if it means loosing his friend and looking like a chicken? - leave time for answers....
Now in real life we know....
God has given us great wisdom to draw from His Word. Wisdom helps us know how to please God and also teaches how to stay strong in the Lord. God has instructed us in His Word to hide His Word in our hearts that we would not sin against Him. God's desire for us is for us to also surround ourselves with people who love God and also want to please God with their choices. When we do this we protect ourselves from falling. We are living in a slippery world that is down right cold and dangerously icy.
Usually when you go somewhere you either go with friends or family. If you are not going with them - then where you are going is where people are. God tells us to be wise in our goings. Why does He tell us to be wise where our feet take us?
When we are not careful where we step we sometimes will trip or slip. Then is when we come tumbling down and could become injured physically. Not too long ago, while on vacation, my eldest daughter was going down some steps. It was dark outside and she could barely see. Something caught her toe as she was going down some dangerous uneven steps. She had a terrible fall and severely broke her leg. She could have been killed in the fall. That's how serious a fall it was.
In life we take steps into the right direction or into the wrong direction. Just know that whatever direction we take as a Christians should be thought about before taking the first step.
God wants us to be careful about what friends we choose in life. As Christians we should choose friends that will help us obey God and grow in the Lord. People who are wise fear the Lord. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. When we choose people as friends we need to know they have a healthy fear of God. How do we know they have a fear of God? If what God wants is more important than what we want, we know we have a healthy fear of God. God should be our first priority in life.
It used to be, years ago, if a boy or girl liked each other they would start (what they called)going together. When someone asked you " Who are you going with?" they were asking you who your boyfriend was., or girlfriend was.
- Though I'm not talking about this kind of going with - this kind of going with is included in this lesson for today.
God has plans for us as His children and our first priority is to make what God wants first. We do that by loving His Word and obeying it.
.... continued hopefully tomorrow
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