Pr. 5:23: “He shall die for lack of instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.”
When we were in high school, my friend and I went on a hike in the middle of the Monongahela National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains. (in other words…the middle of nowhere) We took no food or water, and no other supplies. We followed a trail to the top of a mountain and were enjoying the view of the land on the other side. We were having such a nice time, just walking and enjoying God’s creation. After a while; however, we knew it was time to head back home.
The problem? I had not told my parents exactly where we were going, and without their wise input, even if we turned around, I wasn’t sure where to find the same trail to get us back down that mountain. We spent the next few hours, with no food or water, on pretty perilous paths, making our way back to my now-panicking parents.
My friend and I were young and naive. Without the instruction we needed, we certainly went astray. That is why it is so important for Christians to read the word of God. We all go astray without instruction. Try getting in your car and heading to a destination with no GPS, no map, but just an idea about which direction to head. You will inevitably go astray.
Same with the Christian walk. There are so many paths we are able to take in this life. Without the word of the Lord guiding us, we will inevitably take a perilous path. Psalm 37 talks about how the wicked prosper and live lives that can cause us to envy them. We can easily follow the paths of this world. When things look good, fun, prosperous, entertaining, fulfilling, etc., it is easy for us to turn in that direction.
Without instruction how would you know that evildoers shall be cut off? If you don’t read the word, how will you know that those who wait on the Lord shall inherit the earth and delight themselves in the abundance of peace?
I know a song that says, “I’m using my Bible for a road map.” How fitting. We need the Bible to guide us in our walk. Thinking about taking that road towards transgression? Your ‘road map’ will remind you that transgressors shall be destroyed together and the future of the wicked shall be cut off.
Hoping to head towards that place of prosperity Well, check the map. The Bible will remind you that when you delight yourself in the Lord, He shall give you the desires of your heart. Your desires will be in line with His will and not the selfish ambitions of those who do not follow His paths.
Check out Psalm 37 today. See how the steps of a good man are ordered. Find out what happens if you fall. Do you know what happens when you commit your way to the Lord or have a time of trouble? Get out your map and find out for yourself. If you read it today, you’ll be ready to take the right path even before you get there.
Have fun planning your journey,