You have been directed in the way of wisdom and led toward upright paths, so that when you walk, your steps will not be impeded; and when you run, you will not stumble. … Those who trust their hearts are fools, but those who walk wisely will be delivered. Proverbs 4:11–12; 28:26
Detecting a path among the antipersonnel mines that litter the landscape of life is perilous work. Avoiding the trip wires of all the satanic booby-traps we encounter is no easy task when we’re racing along at super-highway speeds. To the extent that we rely on our own intelligence gathering abilities, and sort out our own tactical path, we can expect to incur many nagging and debilitating injuries. But when we remember that the Lord has provided a better perspective, and when we follow the wise counsel he has provided, we will enjoy success and avoid the distress of self-inflicted injury. In other words, wise-living is worship-living. If, in all that we do, we seek to display the surpassing worth of Jesus Christ, instead of trying to live so that he applauds our worth, we will experience not the wrath of God, but the glory of his goodness, both now and for eternity. The promise to those who follow God’s wise way through the mine field is freedom, courage and joy: freedom from impediments, courage to take the next step and joy in living.
Heavenly Father, open my ears to your wise words, my heart to your perfect counsel, my eyes to the path in front of me, and my will to the prompting of your Spirit, so I walk aright. Amen.