Book: Proverbs 4
“Don’t do as the wicked do, and don’t follow the path of evildoers. Don’t even think about it; don’t go that way. Turn away and keep moving.”
If I was to ask you if you wanted to go down the wrong path I am sure you would say “absolutely not” and you would be correct. This proverb warns about following, considering or doing what is wrong and urges the reader to move away from such things. God has shown us the best pathway and that is to fear Him.
Sometime we follow others without even considering the path they are on. We do not consider where the path leads to. This came to mind as I was driving down the road listening to a radio talk show. The host was giving his opinion on a topic and those who called in gave theirs. Some callers made some very elegant and convincing arguments that with our natural thinking sounded right. The host agreed with them and it was almost to the point that if you disagreed with them you were wrong. I stopped and asked myself, “What does God say about this topic?”. Verses came to my mind from God’s Word and I realized that the supposedly great arguments were wrong. They were based on false assumptions and emotions rather than the truth, even though they sounded good. The result was, I was not willing to follow them any further down the path, so I turned the radio off.
Since there are so many voices calling out with messages, we need to be careful who we listen to and follow. Today, almost anyone can write a book, get it published and sound like an expert. In fact I was contacted a few months back by a company that offered to help publish a best seller and open up opportunities to speak on T.V. and radio, of course for a sum of money. They didn’t know anything about me or what I might want to write a book on. But they assured me that they could help anyone be seen as an expert.
I want to encourage you to take time to stop and ask God to reveal to you any people or any path you are following that is leading into wrong thinking or wrong actions. You may not even realize that you are following them or that they are influencing you but if you ask God, He will show you.
3 John1:11 says, “ Dear friend, don’t let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God’s children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God.”