The Sixth Part of an Eight Part Series on The Seven Rules of Life Which Began on March 21, 2016
Solomon gives us Seven Rules of Life in the first nine chapters of the book of Proverbs. The First Rule is the most important: Never Forget God. The Second Rule highlights the value of parents, while the the Third instructs us to hunt for God’s Wisdom. The Fourth encourages us to have a reputation for unwavering love. And the Fifth Rule:
Choose The Right Path
Do not enter the path of the wicked,
and do not walk in the way of the evil.
Avoid it, do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on.
For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;
they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
which shines brighter and brighter until full day. Proverbs 4:14-16, 18
I don’t know why there are sick, evil people in the world. But there are. Now actually, I do know why – it’s because Adam fell and sin entered the world. We learn that in the book of Genesis. But why do some people choose to be as bad as they can be? That’s a dark question. What I do know is that my choices need to follow the path of the righteous. And, of course, avoid the path of the wicked – To have the courage to say, Don’t go there.
Solomon uses Path and Way to describe the course of my life, and the methods that I will use to make progress as I travel through it.
The trajectory of a person’s life is marked by a series of choices. The path of the righteous is like the first light of dawn. We don’t know what the journey holds, we only know that it will shine brighter and brighter as the day unfolds. Our first choice on the journey is to place our faith in Jesus Christ who died for our sins on the cross, our next choice is to continue on the path He gives us.
Jesus said: “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Matthew 7:13-14
The Fifth Rule of Life: Choose the Right Path.
Dr James P Porowski Licensed Psychologist Professor – Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Raleigh NC April 3, 2016