- Proverbs 4:21-27
- Prov 4:21 (KJB)
- Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine
- Here Solomon is counseling his son to always keep the words of wisdom
before his eyes. This means we are to always to judge matters through the
eyes of wisdom. We are to look at the issues of life through our redeemed
eyes and not through the lust of the eyes of flesh, because that is where we
always get into trouble and sink into sin. To look with our eyes means we
make a spiritual assessment of our situation or what is before us according
to the spiritual knowledge God has given us in the Scriptures. This is why
Solomon tells his son to keep them in the midst of his heart. He wants the
wisdom of God to be central in his sonís life and allow his entire life,
including decision making, which gives us direction in our spiritual walk.
One wrong decision can cause us to wander off the path of understanding and
it may take a lot longer to return to that path than it was to wander. The
wisdom of God must be central in every believerís life.
- Prov 4:22 (KJB)
- For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all
- True words of wisdom brings life to those who embrace it. Those words
which do not contain wisdom and are contrary to what God would have us to
do, could be death unto us and definitely they are spiritual death to those
who are unsaved. A believer can take wrong advice which can cause them to
stray unto physical death. Samson was a good example of this. He wound up
captured by his enemies which gives us a picture that if we stray, we can
become captured by the enemy of sin. If we avoid the pitfalls of sin, it not
only keeps our spirits clean and avoids quenching the Holy Spirit, it is
also a savior to our flesh. Our physical bodies also reap the benefits of
living a life of obedience unto the Lord. When we stray onto the highway of
sin, our bodies normally take the brunt of our unwise decisions and if our
bodies are injured, it may cause a hindrance in the ministry the Lord has
given to us. It is better to walk obediently and in wisdom before the Lord
than to engage our fleshly desires.
- Prov 4:23 (KJB)
- Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the
issues of life.
- Keep - Guard
- Issues - Exiting or (figurative) water pouring out of a spring
- Here we have an admonition to guard our heart from the sin pitfalls of
life. It is not speaking of a physical heart but the spiritual heart of man
where all the issues or actions the person takes emanates from. The heart of
the unsaved man will always devise plans which are contrary to the wisdom of
God and that is why wickedness flows from the heart of unsaved man as water
flows from a fountain. Solomon is counseling us to guard our hearts so that
we will not follow in the pernicious ways of the unsaved man. The issues of
life which emanate from the redeemed man conform to the ways of the Lord,
which causes us to live a spiritual life before the Lord. It is a life that
intentionally avoids sin, as Jobís testimony was.
(Job 1:1 KJV) There was a man in the land of Uz,
whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one
that feared God, and eschewed evil.
- Jobís testimony was that he eschewed evil. Eschew means to avoid
habitually. When we make it a habit to avoid sin, we are making it a habit
to walk in the wisdom of God simultaneously. This principle is also given in
- (Eph 4:22 KJV) That ye put off concerning
the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the
- (Eph 4:24 KJV) And that ye put on the new
man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
- As a Christian puts off the old ways and replaces the old habits with
those of the new man, or the redeemed man, then that allows the true issues
of the redeemed heart to flow through. Sin hinders ministry but when we
eschew sin, we will then allow the spiritual wisdom to flow from our hearts
causing us to live a solid Christian life. The things of this world become
dimmer while the things of the Lord become brighter and a steady part of our
life unto the point it is our life.
- Prov 4:24 (KJB)
- Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put
far from thee.
- Froward mouth - Fraudulent or deceitful speech
- Perverse - Crooked, deviation, or depart
- Here the Bible counsels us to refrain from any type of speech which may
deviate from the wisdom of God. If we are walking in the spirit, then out of
our heart will flow proper speech but if we are walking in the flesh, we
have the ability to deviate from the redeemed mouth we are supposed to have.
The evil speech described in this verse is a symptom of the heart. If we are
truly walking in the spirit, we will not have speech which is deceitful nor
departing from the truth. This is especially important in ministry. If we
are teaching the Bible and we are not adding any of our own ideas to it,
then we will produce speech which will be glorifying to God but if we mix
the Biblical teachings with worldly systems such as philosophy or
Gnosticism, then we will be departing from the pure teachings of Scripture
and will be creating deceitful speech which will cause others to go astray.
Another form of speech which the Christian must avoid is speech with double
meanings. Worldly speech is replete with innuendos which people can take in
two ways and we must always avoid these. We must be firm and singular in our
delivery of Biblical truth or biblical counsel and there must never be
speech which could cause someone to stray.
- Prov 4:25 (KJB)
- Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before
- Here is counsel to look at something the way it needs to be looked at.
We are being told to make sure that when we make an assessment, it must be
true and no back door can be left open for us to justify a sinful plunge.
This verse tells us to make proper judgments according to what is before our
eyes. We must never justify a sin in hopes that we can partake of it. Let me
give a straightforward example. If a woman or man friend is engaging in
sexual activity and we find out about it, we must never make a justification
on their part simply because they are our friends, especially with the
thought in the back of our minds that maybe they will engage some activity
with us. This is where life as a Christian becomes tough. We see the sin
with our eyes right before us and we must not shirk our duty and we must be
up front with our friend and tell them they are in peril of hell. If they
walk away from us and refuse the counsel, then we have done our duty. If
they heed the counsel, then a soul has been won if they become saved. This
verse is an admonition to us that we must never justify a sin but must
condemn it, no matter what the consequences are.
- Prov 4:26 (KJB)
- Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
- Ponder - Prepare, weigh, or make level
- Not only are we to watch with our eyes the sins of others so they will
not infect us, we are also to constantly watch ourselves. We must ponder our
ways and weigh them against the Scriptures to see if we are walking
circumspectly. If we are walking according to the wisdom of God, then our
paths will be established. They will be established according to the ways of
the Lord. We walk in spiritual safety when we walk in the Lordís ways. We
must ponder every move or decision we make because one wrong move or
decision could be the catalyst into a life opposite the way of the Lord. Do
not only look at the short term consequences, but always ponder the long
term, which is the big picture. There is always a ripple effect to every
decision we make, that is a fact of life.
- Prov 4:27 (KJB)
- Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
- (Josh 1:7 KJV) Only be thou strong and very
courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which
Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand
or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
Joshua was given this counsel directly from God. This
means when we have established truth in our life, that is, from our
salvation and then from the Scriptures, we are never to add or subtract from
them any type of philosophy or personal beliefs. The Scriptures stand alone
and are sufficient to keep the believer in this life. Whenever we begin to
add spurious meanings to the Scriptures, to please us or someone else, we
are then going to the left or right. Just as we are to assess things
directly and head on with our eyes, we are also to see Scripture as the only
authority for living the Christian life. If we add or subtract any meanings
to Scripture which are not compatible, then we are allowing our foot to walk
in evil. When we hold the Scriptures as complete and sufficient for our
spiritual walk, we are then removing our feet from evil. No amount of
worldly philosophy will ever make the Scriptures more authoritative, in
fact, trying to add meanings to the Scriptures that are not there, only
dilutes the true meaning and will send us off in the wrong direction. This
verse also serves as a warning to resist the temptation of even a small sin
in our life because a small sin can erupt into a large sin and may get us
into a life of addiction to some type of sin. Never underestimate the power
that sin has over the flesh.