Clearly this devotion series has always had an overriding theme—The Amazing Journey. The theme came from 2 Timothy 4:7—“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race and I have kept the faith…” But the first clear parallel to the path comes from the Proverbs. In chapter 3, Solomon reminds us if we turn the control over to God he will make our paths straight. Here, in chapter 4, Solomon compares journeys for those that follow God and those that do not. Solomon lays it out like a roadmap—if you trust God and live a humble and righteous life, then you will experience long life and peace. If you choose to take short cuts and make your own way, you will live a chaotic, and destructive life.
He makes clear that the path of the unrighteous always seems shorter and easier. They always spin it to ask who better to captain your journey—than you! The answer is simple—The creator and master of the universe—God! Like any architect or manufacturer—he knows how to do this better than anyone! He designed and built it.
In our lives there is a lot of noise! The volume is overwhelming and the message is simple—Trust no one and especially not God! As in Solomon’s day, that is a roadmap to destruction. Don’t take the bait and fall prey to the lie. Trust God and follow him humbly and expectantly—Then you will be safe even in chaos, and you will be able to join Paul in fighting the good fight, finishing the race and keeping the faith—That IS the true model of success.
God Bless You
Dear friend, take my advice; it will add years to your life. I’m writing out clear directions to Wisdom Way, I’m drawing a map to Righteous Road. I don’t want you ending up in blind alleys, or wasting time making wrong turns. Hold tight to good advice; don’t relax your grip. Guard it well—your life is at stake! Don’t take Wicked Bypass; don’t so much as set foot on that road. Stay clear of it; give it a wide berth. Make a detour and be on your way.
16-17 Evil people are restless unless they’re making trouble; They can’t get a good night’s sleep unless they’ve made life miserable for somebody. Perversity is their food and drink, violence their drug of choice.
18-19 The ways of right-living people glow with light; the longer they live, the brighter they shine. But the road of wrongdoing gets darker and darker— travelers can’t see a thing; they fall flat on their faces.