Proverbs 26 5-26-19

Come to Jesus for eternal life, real love, true joy, lasting peace, solid hope, and saving faith. All it costs is your life!

3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!

Delayed gratification is not our strong suit as humans. If we see something shiny or sparkly (or desirable), we want it, and if we want it, we “need” it (obsess about it). If we step back just a little, we would see around the facade to who is offering such tempting treats (Satan). We would be able to hear the Spirit say, “Leave this alone; I have something better for you.” But learning to step back doesn’t come naturally. Jesus wants to teach us how to walk with Him and to stay on the path.

King David learned to listen and obey:

You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:10

What was it David learned?

  • God makes the path of life known to us. Not all at once, but one step at a time. Think of walking with Him on a dark night with Him carrying a lantern and all we can see is just a few feet around us. The light is strongest next to Him, so let’s stay as close as we can.
  • We are filled with JOY when we are consciously in His presence. If we focus on joy rather than that fleeting feeling we get from giving in to temptation, we will overflow with His joy, which is sustainable by His Spirit.
  • The other benefits we receive as we walk close to Him are called, “eternal pleasures,” and include love, peace, hope, mercy, grace, faith, guidance, family, His presence, His Power, His Participation, etc. (I’m sure there are others).

As we walk through this Memorial Day Weekend, let’s thank God for our countrymen who gave their lives for our freedom. That freedom allows us to worship the LORD as we want. Let’s ask the LORD to show us how to walk so close to Him that “the things of this world will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

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