Make Level Paths for Your Feet
In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them.
Proverbs 1:17-18 speaks of how the net a wicked person spreads for others only traps himself. But there are other “thorns and snares” that lie in the weeds along the path of the wicked. The following is a short and incomplete list.
There is the trap of disease and sudden death caused by sin. I think of the horrors of AIDS and the terrible effects of crack cocaine. There is the snare of unfulfilled lust from being addicted to pornography. There is the disappointment that comes when sin doesn’t deliver what it promises. There are relational problems like divorce and child abuse. Finally, there is unrelenting guilt and the bondage of the fear of death (Hebrews 2:15).
“Well, I’m a Christian,” someone says, “and my life hasn’t exactly been a bed of roses!” I understand. I, too, have had many troubles as a Christian. But the trials the Christian suffers are purposeful. He is given the sure hope that God’s sovereign purposes are being worked out in his life. In guarding our souls we avoid the consequences of sinful habits and life-styles. We have the forgiveness of a loving Father who removes our fear of death. We need to cling to Him by faith and walk on paths made level for our feet (Proverbs 4:26; Hebrews 12:13).
Job. Job suffered greatly, but his trials give us a behind-the-scenes look into God’s providence. Perhaps Job never understood what God’s purpose was, but he guarded his soul and was rewarded with doubled prosperity (the book of Job).
The wicked prophets of Samaria. Jeremiah told of these godless men who followed evil and used their power unjustly. The Lord said that He would make their paths slippery. They would be banished to darkness and disaster (Jeremiah 23:10-13).
Prayer of Application
Father, keep my feet on level paths that avoid the traps and snares of the unbeliever. Thank You for Your wonderful and loving providence that assures me of a safe journey home.
Copyright 2016 – Robert C. Beasley