Friday, February 8, 2013

Staying On The Right Path

"Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil."
Proverbs 4:25-27 (NKJV)

Proverbs chapter four has a lot to say about our life.  There are several things in this chapter that when applied can help to make our life, our path, much better.  We are told not to enter the path of the wicked; that the path of the righteous is like a shining light that gets continually brighter; and that we need to ponder the path we are on.  So many times people have problems in life that can be traced back to the path of life they have taken, it is vitally important for us to stay on the right path.

First, Proverbs 4 tells us to stay away from the path of the wicked, in other words we need to keep ourselves out of obvious things that will lead us into trouble.  Some people are not really even paying much attention to the path they are on now, they are thinking about the path they took to get where they are today and often they are wondering about the path they will take in the future.  If we are not putting the proper focus on the path we are on now, if we are getting distracted, it will be easy for us to stray from our path and get into trouble.

Proverbs 4 also tells us that the path of the righteous is like the shinning sun that shines brighter and brighter while the path of the wicked just gets darker.  Immediately after this we are told that we need to focus on God's Word, that is a good way to help us stay on the right path.  Next we are told to put away, to get away from, the wrong kind of words; we need to avoid the words that will lead us down the wrong path.  Finally we are told to keep our eyes looking forward and not to go aside to the right or the left, this is how we ponder, or literally, prepare our path in life.  Saying the right things, focusing on God's Word, and not being distracted from what we are doing now will all help us to stay on the right path and have success in life.

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