April 18, 2016 – Proverbs 4:
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Proverbs 4:23-24A good definition of a biblical proverb is “a short saying that expresses a general truth for practical, godly living.” The word, proverb, means “to be like”, a proverb illustrates the fundamental truths of the Bible. (http://www.gotquestions.org/proverb-Bible.html)A proverb is advice, an adage, a maxim or precept on how to live on this journey we call life. It is not enough to know Proverbs. When we live by them, we get the most from our of life. Our words show our hearts, our thinking. Love cannot live in hearts that are devious or dishonest.
We are all on the journey of life. The Psalmist wrote in 1:6 – For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction. Our paths are crowded with signs of detours to the left and to the right that do not lead to Heaven. The signs along our path entice us through marketing schemes to try many destinations. All of these signs create life or death choices for us.
Deliberating a change in your path can create doubt as to your wisdom of staying on the ‘straight path to life’. When we choose to stay on the straight path, we will find life. Learn to love others above all, live in peace, and serve others. Trust God in all things and all your ways will be sure, not just now but forever.
Blessed be the name of the Lord now and forever. Everywhere—from east to west— praise the name of the Lord. Psalm 113:2-3
Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil. Proverbs 4:26-27