Pr. 5:7: “Therefore hear me now, my children, and do not depart from the words of my mouth.”
Yesterday I wrote about allowing God, the light of the world, to show us the stumbling blocks and obstacles in our paths. Today, I will point out that sometimes, even though our obstacles and stumbling blocks are revealed to us by the Lord, we continue to walk straight into them. Anyone else experience this besides me?
This is where the importance of becoming a doer of the word comes into play. We cannot just continue to be hearers of the word, and do nothing about it what we’ve heard or read. We are urged not to depart from the words of our Father. God will reveal to us the things, places, or people who cause us to stumble. Our job after that is to avoid those things. We were never asked to do it alone, however. Jesus suffered, being tempted, and is able to aid those who are tempted.
There are lots of tips for us in the word. The Lord says to flee youthful lusts. He says to resist the devil. He gives permission for us to come boldly to the throne of grace in time of need. He encourages us in the fact that He always gives us another way out of our temptations, so we should diligently seek Him and the way out. We are told to remove ourselves from sinful situations. Rejoicing in what we currently have is also recommended. Paul also wrote that we should meditate on things that are praiseworthy and virtuous; also things that are pure, noble, just, lovely, true, and of good report. David strengthened himself according to the word and hid it in his heart. He stood in awe of and rejoiced in the word.
Do not depart from the word. Hear the Lord now, while your heart is open to His leading. Hide His word in your heart and allow Him to lead you away from those stumbling blocks for good. Sometimes our obstacles have become habits that we’ve allowed to keep a hold on us. God can and will bring our obstacles to our attention, and if we continue to listen and avoid them time after time, eventually we will forget about them and find ourselves habitually going on the path with God.
Flee as if your life depends on it!