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07/13/2010

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Don't Join the Gang


"They will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me....but whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure without the fear of evil" (Prov. 1:28 & 33).

I am going to write some devotionals from the book of Proverbs over the next few days. The book seems to come from several sources, but Solomon is probably the author of most of it. It is a book that has as it main emphasis, wisdom. Often, wisdom and folly are contrasted, with the author always favoring the former. Readers of the book are being persuaded in seeking to make good moral decisions. This will usually result in leading a godly life. In the book of Proverbs, wisdom means that one should be skilled in godly living.

In the verses preceding today's, a father urges his son not to "join a gang." "My son, if sinners entice you, don't give in to them....we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder; throw in your lot with us, and we will share a common purse----" The father says; "my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths" (Vs 10, 13-15). Often in the book the terms father and son are used. It may literally mean that or may be a teacher warning his students. Either way the advice is always good. In the book, wisdom calls us to a higher level of behavior. What a wonderful lesson for all of us to take to heart. Sin and sinners will always be lurking....It is inevitable...Sin will always generate it's own consequences. Wisdom says; whoever listens to me will dwell safely! The apostle Paul echoes a similar teaching that reinforces today's..."Be very careful, then, how you live----not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is" (Eph. 5: 15-17).

The wise sayings in Proverbs can still help us today with a wide variety of situations. The fruits reaped by a good life compared with those reaped from a life of folly never change. Don't join the gang son, it's not the wise thing to do....Whoever listens to me will dwell safely..

Have a great day....Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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