Proverbs 4

Hey again! I’m glad you took the time to read this. Let’s get started. If you look at the first 5 verses, you’ll notice they’re the same as always: “Listen to instruction” and “son”. Now it transitions into how to get wisdom and what she does through verses 6 through 9. You may be thinking, “where is he going with this?” Well, as Mark Cahill said, “If the Bible repeats something twice, you know it’s important”. It wants us young men to listen to instruction. That’s something a lot of young men struggle with. Now let’s dig a little deeper into verse 10: “Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.” How can your life be longer if you accept what he says? Well, let’s use this scenario: You’re learning how to ride your bike without training wheels, and your parents tell you not to ride in the street. Well, would you be wise to heed their warning and stay in the driveway? Your years would be a lot longer, I’m sure! But if you didn’t, you’d run the risk of being hit by a car, and your years might be shorter. Do you get what I mean?
Verses 11 through 13 are results of wisdom. Then 14-15 are warnings. Let’s look at those two verses for a sec: “Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.” Why? Well, have you heard the saying “you are what you eat”? Well, it’s also true that “you are who you hang out with”. Some of them will rub off on you, and others will see what has rubbed off, instead of who you really are – the man God designed you to be. Let’s look at a bar of soap. You rub it on your hands, and your hands then smell like whatever scent the soap is. That’s what I mean. When you smell you’re hands, you instantly think of the soap. When someone hears your topic of discussion, they may be caused to think of something particular. Perhaps something you wouldn’t want to convey to them. Get it?
Let’s look into what the wicked do, in verses 16-17: “For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble. They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.” Wow, they can’t sleep until they do evil! This is powerful. I challenge you to examine yourself, and find as many things wrong about yourself as possible. Pray and ask God to help you through those issues. I will do this also, as I have things to work on. Now, I’m not saying that if you have “issues” that you are evil or wicked. But your “issues” can turn into serious things if not controlled. Think of a flower pot. It starts off with dirt, and a flower. Well, as the rain falls and wind scatters seeds, weeds start to grow from the soil. You can only see them when they start to breach the top soil. So, what do you do? Do you take scissors and trim off the tops? No! You pull it up by the roots. That’s what needs to be done with our problems.
Let’s look at what the righteous do: “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” Well, what does that mean? I think it means the righteous study hard the Word of God, learning more and more, like the sun gets brighter and brighter. These are the things you need to be thinking about. How do I become righteous? Study His Word.
It says more about the wicked in verse 19. Go ahead and read it. Record your thoughts at any time you want.
Now, move to verses 20-22. “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” Now you may have been wondering: “Who’s talking?” Well, I’ll answer that. In verse 1 of Proverbs 1, it says that Solomon is. Look at what he’s saying: Do not let My Words out of your sight, keep them within your heart, for they are life.” If you’ll remember, God’s Word is life.
My prayer is that we keep His Words in our hearts always.
Let’s move on to the rest of the chapter. This is advice that Solomon is giving us: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Wait right there. Did you ever think of that? Everything you do is from your heart. If you do God-honoring things, then your heart is pure and clean. But what about if you do things that aren’t God-honoring? Well, we’d need to pray and ask God to rid our heart of whatever it is that disturbs your relationship with Him.
Let’s move on: “Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or left; keep your foot from evil.”
At a Christian conference one year, they had some soapbox-derby races that I got to help build and race. As soon as you went down the ramp, you had to stare STRAIGHT AHEAD. If you looked to the right to see if your racing opponent was beating you, your body turned with you, and you would crash.
This is the importance of looking straight ahead. Don’t be distracted by the world! Stare straight ahead. Hebrews 12:2 says: “Keeping our eyes on Jesus…” Keep your eyes STRAIGHT AHEAD on Jesus. I hope that this will be you in your life, and that you will please the LORD with your life. If Jesus had not died for us, we would have no purpose in life. Now, we have a purpose. I challenge you to tell one person about God this week. May you honor God today, and may He bless you with many blessings!

-Ryan
Mark 16:15

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