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Proverbs 2 for April 2014 by Doug

Proverbs has its moments where it’s a sad book. For example, Proverbs 2:13-14, which we will look at today, are sad verses. These verses speak of the danger of those who have left the paths of uprightness and moved to the opposing side.

 

First, we have to recognize the reality of people like this. There are those who have walked as if with God for years but who leave the path. This is painful to admit, because we have likely been positively influenced by some of those who abandon the faith. Yet we cannot let prior good actions be a pass on current false teachings.

 

Second, notice the danger here. Wisdom protects from those who leave. Not from the false path or the wicked way, but the people themselves. Very often, we are clear enough about what is right and wrong. We are not tempted to abandon the right to do the wrong. We are tempted to follow someone we love whether they are right or wrong.

 

This is where I see the biggest danger in both the Christian Faith and American Politics—and especially where the two intersect! Our tendency is to circle up around people we like, and especially people who have been on the right path before now.

 

Then, they take a detour. Perhaps there is something that draws them away, or a personal shift in views. Maybe it’s just that they drift back to where their heart really was. Occasionally, it’s that the person has been a wolf in sheepwear the whole time.

 

Wisdom will help us sort this out. If we are walking with Jesus, we will see where people start walking away. This is why we should seek those that help us become self-feeding on the Word of God. It’s not about finding the right guru for our lives. Discipleship is about learning to feast on the Word ourselves.

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