Proverbs 4:20-27 – “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. 26 Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.” NKJV
How well do you receive instruction? How well did you listen to the counsel of your parents and then later those who were mentors in your life? How well do you listen to the voice of the Spirit of the Lord? How well do you listen to the Words of Scripture? These are very important questions because when we look at the counsel given here there are instructions with great promise. We are told numerous things regarding heeding instruction (godly instruction) and given some guidance as to how we are to respond:
- Listening is the key to success.
- Never losing sight of the instruction, the goal, the promise, or the potential is the requirement.
- Keeping them in the center of our hearts will keep us on course and keep us from being sidetracked.
The promise is that in doing so we will find that they are life and health to us in every dimension. We are further instructed to:
- Keep our Guard our Hearts with all diligence or with great care, paying attention to detail and never allowing ourselves to grow lax, slack, or laxidasical. Out of the heart flows life or death.
- Put away a deceitful mouth, tongue, or talk and refuse to engage in perverse conversation or communication.
- Keep your focus on the goal, always pressing toward the mark of the prize of the High Calling of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Then we come to the point I want to focus on: Ponder the path of your feet. We are told to give careful consideration to the path we are on and taking. We are to weigh the positives and negatives. We are to consider the ramifications of our course of action. Our walk, (feet) represent our life, so we are to give careful consideration to LIFE. Through establishing a “right path” designed and directed by the Holy Spirit based on the instructions given we will “establish” our ways not just our direction and in doing so enable our lives to maintain an even constant course with a consistent goal and direction. We will be anchored in Him, His Word, and His Purpose. Therefore above all else, “ponder the path of your feet”. Think about your direction, your purpose, your process, and your potential. God has and does give instruction; it is up to us to “walk that out in reality”. So PONDER, PONDER, and PONDER! You will never regret taking the path designed and desired by the Holy One of Israel. He will never leave you nor forsake you and NEVER guide you down a wrong path!
Blessings as you enter your special and victorious weekend. May God’s best be yours every step of the way!