Proverbs 2 12-2-18

It’s our decision. Will we or won’t we? To delay is the same as “no.” Decide. It’s what this chapter is all about.

Proverbs 2:12-15 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.

What we don’t realize is that to choose any way but God’s way is evil and perverse. He is GOD; we need to allow Him to be so in our lives.

What does it look like to choose a different way than the Lord’s?

Luke 9:59-62 He said to another man, “Follow me.” But the man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

From what I have gathered historically, his intention was to stay with his father until he died. Honorable? Yes. Traditionally expected? Yes, but was it what Jesus asked of him? No. What did he decide? We won’t know until we get to heaven.

[61] Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

My spin on this fellow is that Jesus knew that his family held sway over him and, if he went back, they would dissuade him from following Him. Again, he had to decide to whom he would listen–right then!

Our choice is the same. Jesus asks of us RIGHT NOW who we will follow. If we read Proverbs 2, we see right away that He is ready to walk with us and teach us and reveal His will–even Himself–to us. The real question is, “Do we really see Him as King?”

My favorite verse in this chapter is:

[10] For wisdom will enter your heart [supernaturally], and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.

I NEED wisdom, plain and simple. Also, I would prefer learning to be a pleasant experience. When He teaches me, it is truly pleasant–even ecstatic! Remember that in 1:23 He tells us that He wants to pour out His thoughts to us and make His heart known to us. WOW!!! Let’s take Him up on it!

Please be in prayer for us this morning for our Christmas presentation, “The King Is Here.” May many experience Christ as King in music and stories–maybe some for the first time!

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