- Proverbs 4:11-15
- Prov 4:11 (KJB)
- I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right
- Paths - An established course
- The words of Solomon are the words of Scripture and therefore are
absolutely trustworthy. Solomon taught his readers the way of wisdom and the
way of wisdom has led them into the right paths. Biblical wisdom is an
established course for every believer and it is when we stray from the
straight teachings of Scripture, is when we get into trouble. If Solomon
would have continued to follow the Scriptural path, then he would not have
strayed so far as to build temples to false gods. Keep in mind that as we
teach others, we must also do.
- Prov 4:12 (KJB)
- When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou
runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
- Straitened - Hindered or bound
- Stumble - Fall
- When we look at a step, it must be noted that it is the smallest action
in life. When we embrace wisdom, our steps will not be hindered or bound as
one is bound with ropes. Wisdom gives a sense of freedom because we are
working in the realm of Biblical understanding and when we work from a point
of understanding the Scriptures, we cannot be hindered in our daily walk.
Not only when we take the smallest action which is a step, even when we are
running, that is going ahead in our Christian walk full steam ahead, we will
not stumble and fall as we have all see runners in a race stumble and then
fall. We are promised that if we walk in the wisdom of the Lord, then we
will neither be hindered or fall in our spiritual growth.
- Prov 4:13 (KJB)
- Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her;
for she is thy life.
- Go - Relax
- The admonishment here is that we are to take hold or “grasp” wisdom and
when we do we must remain vigilant in that wisdom and never let our guard
down. For all it takes is one little act of straying and that little act can
cause us to go off the straight and narrow. Therefore, it is imperative that
we do daily introspection to make sure that we have not strayed in any
manner, even the slightest diversion is unacceptable and can lead to dire
consequences in the life of a believer. As the verse counsels us, we must
never relax our guard because wisdom is our life.
- Prov 4:14 (KJB)
- Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil
- If, in any manner, we allow ourselves to get spiritually sloppy, we can
wind up going from the path of wisdom to the path of the wicked. Solomon
allowed his lust for women to get out of hand and as a result his many wives
had caused him to stray, which not only brought temples to false gods in
Israel, it also resulted in the split of the kingdom which led to both
factions going into judgment by pagan nations. This is why we can never say
that cutting one little corner will be fine because I am sure Solomon
allowed his small steps to go astray and gave no thought to future
consequences. If he would have known what consequences his actions would
bring on the then peaceful kingdom of Israel, he probably would not have
allowed himself to stray that far. Whenever we allow the things of the world
to distract us, it is the beginning of sorrows in our life unless we
recognize the wrong and return immediately to the path of righteousness. We
must always factor in the future for all decisions we make.
- Prov 4:15 (KJB)
- Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
- Here is some of the best advice concerning the wickedness of the world.
We are to completely, not 99% avoid the paths of the wicked. We are not to
give in to anything the world has to offer because it becomes snare to us. A
simple example is the lottery, many Christians play the lottery but that
shows a distrust in God. I too played the lottery until I was convicted to
stop. The verse that God used to teach me trust in Him for all things was
Psalm 56:11. (Psa 56:11 KJV) In God have
I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
The first part states “In God have I put my trust…” If
God wants you to have 10 million dollars, does He really need the worldly
lottery to accomplish it? That is just one example but there are many portal
sins which seem so innocuous but can lead to further decline in our
spiritual lives, thus the term “portal sin.” Avoid anything which can cause
your testimony to be weakened.