Proverbs 16 12-16-18

With age is supposed to come wisdom–how? When we keep doing the same things the same way?

Proverbs 16:31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.

I have written a great big “IF” in the middle of this verse. It now reads,

Proverbs 16:31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor IF it is attained by a righteous life.

Bryan, my pastor, has a favorite quote: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.”

There are several great people in the Bible who did great things for God, but went on to commit great sins that had lasting effects: Noah’s drunkenness, David’s lust, Solomon’s idolatry, to name a few.

What about us? What will keep us on “the straight and narrow,” moving “higher up and further in?” We must make sure of these things:

  • We must stay in the Word! God uses Scripture to reveal His will and His wisdom to us.
  • Accountability! No one is immune to temptation and deception.
  • Keep from getting an attitude of entitlement. Humility is key.
  • Know our weaknesses. We KNOW where our temptations lie; stay away from them. We must safeguard ourselves from them.
  • Know that God never quits teaching us. There are always lessons to learn. We never get to coast…
  • Our lessons get harder. Sometimes, it’s an age-old lesson with which we struggle; sometimes it’s the next step in a line of lessons. It may even be something new!
  • Because of our influence in our families, our jobs, and our churches, our successes and failures affect a lot of people. Consider this position as both an honor and a responsibility.

And you thought our lives would get easier the older we got…NOT!!! The bright side is that our walk with the LORD grows deeper, more intimate, and even transcendent (we begin to look forward to being with Him on His side of life).

Let’s finish well.

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