Stay out of the mud (Proverbs 4-6)

”The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. He dies for lack of disciple, and because of his great folly he is led astray.”  Proverbs 5:22-23

Over and over the writer of Proverbs pleads with his readers to do the following: “Hear wisdom, seek wisdom, and never depart from wisdom.”  But what does his son do?  He refuses to hear wisdom.  He refuses to seek wisdom, and his life is destroyed because of lack of wisdom.

Question:  Do you and I ever fail to listen to the wisdom of God?

On our last day in Malawi we traveled to a village to our orphanage.  As we approached the church where our feeding center is located, the pastor said, “Ovi, park in a certain place, the ground is soft close to the church.” Ovi’s response was classic, “let’s try and see if we can go all the way.”  Well brothers and sisters, we went all the way!  We soon found ourselves buried in mud.

I admit, there are moments when I fail to listen to God’s wisdom.  Here in Proverbs 5,  we find no less than 4 truths about our sinful nature:

  • Our sin nature does not listen to God.
  • Our sin nature leads us into wickedness.
  • Our sin nature becomes addicted.  “Cords around us.”
  • Our sin nature eventually will cost us our lives.

However this does not have to be the path we follow.  God offers us His wisdom through the following ways:

God gives us His Word to study and learn from.

God gives us His Spirit to direct us.

God gives us others to be our eyes and ears in many matters.

This is amazing truth. But what happens when we fail to obey?  If we repent, God gives us grace in getting us out of the mud!

God did this with us when we were so stuck in the mud.  Faithful church members dug us out and a neighboring farmer loaned us his tractor to get us out.

Did you know Jesus Christ came to get us out of the mud!  He came into the world according to I John 4:9 “so that we might live through Him.”

The key to listening is having a heart that desires to listen to God.  Reread Proverbs 4:20-27 to find out how to correctly listen.

Father may each who read this listen to You today!!!


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