Four Ways to Travel
Proverbs 4:14-15 says “14Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.”
It is hard as a Christian to live in this world sometimes. We are surrounded by worldly things that tempt us away from our faith. Our very flesh yearns after these things. We are in a constant spiritual battle between what our sinful flesh wants and what the Holy Spirit within us wants. So when it comes to these things, what does the bible say?
From these verses we see an order of sorts instructing us what we should do in this world. The first piece of advice is to “enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men”. This cannot be any simpler. If you don’t want to be taken in the sin of this world then don’t even enter into the path of the wicked. Just stay away from it completely where you can. Don’t go there ways and don’t travel their path. However I said ‘where you can’. It’s inevitable in life that our paths will converge with the paths of the world; but fear not! We are told what to do.
The second piece of advice is to “avoid it”. When your Christian path crosses the path of the wicked then just avoid it. When temptations come and the flesh kicks in just avoid it. However there are some instances where avoiding it is not an option. In these cases another piece of advice is offered.
The third piece of advice is to “pass not by it”. When you cannot escape going the same way as the world then pass not by it. In other words stay away from it as much as possible. In a spiritual sense cross over to the other side of the street! If you find yourself travelling in the same direction just keep away. However there may come a point where the street narrows and staying away from it is no longer an option, but there is another piece of advice.
The fourth piece of advice is to “turn from it and pass away”. When you find yourself travelling inevitably in the same direction as the world and you can’t avoid it, and you can’t pass by it at a safe distance then there is one last resort. Simply turn around and go away. When the world gets dangerously close just turn tail and run. It’s the only way to flee from it. It is the only way to keep yourself on track.
I pray today that as you go about life you will not enter into the path of the world. If this is not an option then try to avoid it. If you can’t avoid it keep your distance from it. If you can’t keep your distance just turn around and head back the way you came, back to the path of righteousness. –A.
Posted on August 17, 2012, in Andrew's Thoughts for the Day and tagged Bible, christian youth, Christianity, God, Jesus, Lord, Religion and Spirituality, Servant, Youth. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.