Pathways Through Proverbs
July 4, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 4
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- Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
- For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
- For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
- He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
- Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
- Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
- Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
- Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
- She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
- Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
- I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
- When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
- Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
- Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
- Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
- For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
- For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
- But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
- The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
- 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.
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It is important to keep your eye on the goal. A runner who takes his eye, and consequently his concentration, away from the finish line risks losing the race. A farmer who allows his vision to drift away from the end of his row will find that he has plowed a crooked furrow. In the same manner, a believer who allows his eyes to turn towards the things of this world is destined to fail in his service to the Lord.
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Jesus put it this way:
"No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62).
As a farmer can not plow his field properly if he is constantly looking back at that which is behind him, so a Christian can not properly serve God if he is constantly looking back longingly at the lifestyle that he led before his conversion. The writer of Hebrews echoed the same message as Solomon when he wrote,
"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith..." (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Anything that keeps us from reaching the goals of spiritual maturity and effective service must be discarded by the child of God. Once these "sins and weights" are gone, the Christian still must keep his focus centered on Christ. He must run with spiritual blinders on, for the world will do all that it can to keep him from looking at, following after, and longing for, the Lord.
What are you looking at? Do you see the enticements or oppositions of the world? Or is your vision filled with Jesus Christ?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery