READ : Proverbs 4:10-27
I have led you in the paths of uprightness. (v. 11)
Like elsewhere in the Bible (Psalm 1, Matthew 7:13-14), Proverbs describes two paths: the way of wisdom and the path of evil. Sophisticated people like to think that’s way too simplistic; the world isn’t just black and white, right? Well, what do they think, that there’s a third path where they can enjoy the darkness while claiming to walk in the light? The third path isn’t really a different road; it’s just a fork off of the path of darkness. Sometimes life is complicated, but the difference between good and evil doesn’t happen to be one of those occasions.
Biblical wisdom is more practical than theoretical. Wisdom isn’t just what you think with your mind; it’s what you do with your body. Here are wisdom’s “body” questions:
1. What are you saying? The tongue, James tells us, is like fire. Words can accomplish great things but they also can destroy.
2. What are you looking at? Our eyes, Jesus tells us, are the windows of our souls. Greed, lust, and gluttony all start with the eyes.
3. Where are you walking? All paths don’t lead to the same place. The path of wisdom brings life to those who find it. Where do you think the other path leads?
Lord, may we walk on the path that leads to life.