Choices and Steps
In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus likened human life to two roads: one wide, one narrow. Every choice a person makes contributes to their lifestyle. A person’s lifestyle, or walk, will lead to one of two ends: eternal destruction or eternal life. A person’s obedience to Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection through baptism is how they take the first steps on the narrow road that leads to life (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4). How does the rest of the road look, though?
The Proverbs are God’s wise advice for our life. Through them, He teaches us how to walk in His wisdom. In them, God paints a picture of real life on the narrow road. Here is a taste of some of His wisdom in the Proverbs:
Feelings are inadequate guides for right and wrong (Proverbs 28:26)
Alcohol and gluttony lead to poverty (Proverbs 23:20-21)
Rebellion and rioting will destroy your life (Proverbs 24:21-22)
Money is untrustworthy and will fail you (Proverbs 11:28)
Revenge is for God to take, not you (Proverbs 20:22; 24:29)
Laziness leads to poverty (Proverbs 24:33-34)
God has given us wise counsel to keep us from physical and spiritual ruin. If you ignore Him, do not be surprised when He is proven right by the problems in your life. Make obedience to God an immovable priority in your decisions, and you will find peace with God and success in life.
God saves those who walk with Him (1 John 1:7). Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Your response to the wisdom and instruction of God determines whether you are wise or a fool. Furthermore, who you have been does not have to be who you are today. Listen to God, obey the gospel, and enjoy godly life!