Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 8

Gold Nugget
Verse 20: “I traverse the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice,”

A few years ago I was driving a van full of people to a particular function about two hours away. After entering a certain intersection, I proceeded forward. Immediately someone panicked, “You’re going the wrong way!” The truth is, I didn’t know the way myself and had got the directions off the internet. Knowing the internet is not always accurate for directions, I began to turn around to allow guidance from one of the passengers. As I began to turn around, someone else chimed in, “No. This way is shorter!” Within a few seconds I had three different people with three different routes to our destination. I was feeling pressed by the three to follow their directions. I had to make a decision quickly as to which route I would follow, knowing that I could hurt the other two’s feelings. A pastor friend of mine gently nodded to me to proceed with the route I had from the internet. He said, “I’ve been all three ways and they’re all within three minutes of each other.” Whispering he continued, “The truth is everyone figures the route they first went is the only route. Any other route is wrong.” I’ve found my friend to be right. Although guilty myself, at times we choose our familiar or most comfortable path as the only path. We need to determine that our path is not based on what is convenient, what our parents took or any reasoning other than truth. We want to take the right path. We want to follow the path set before us in God’s Word. We need to do as today’s “gold nugget” says, “I traverse the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice,” We should determine that our paths are directed by the Lord and found in the scriptures. We have a road map laid out for us in the bible. It should be what defines our route, how we travel and who we travel with. We live our lives by a set of standards that are not our own. We walk within ordinances that our defined from above. We don’t follow the path of convenience defined by the world’s standards. We are on a journey and we are led by the Spirit, inspired by a Savoir in honor of our Father. Let us walk accordingly.

Lord, you have set a path before us and designed the way in which we should travel it. Help us to remember that our guidelines are not established by others, but ordained by you. Amen

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