Principle 2 – The right path.
Principles of wisdom
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart” – “In all your ways acknowledge Him” – (Result? – “he will make your paths straight”.) I have written about this before… What paths? What does it mean to “trust with all your heart?” What does it mean “in all things acknowledge Him?” Let me quote from my own words concerning Straight Paths – “Life has been rightly called a “labyrinth”. Webster defines a labyrinth as “an intricate combination of paths in which it is difficult to find one’s way or reach the exit.” Life is certainly full of many different paths, false steps, dead-ends, wrong turns, and we can easily make unwise decisions. The question is; “How do we make good, right choices that will lead us through the maze of life and avoid the pitfalls and consequences of unwise decisions?” (“By His Hand” pg 58)
The Book of Proverbs, says it is written “for attaining wisdom, discipline, and understanding”. It not only shows us the right way to get through the labyrinth of life, but also describes for us in no uncertain terms, that we “reap what we sow”.
These words encompass several things. First, there is the insinuation of guidance; “He will make” means that God will guide us when faced with choices and decisions. Second, is the issue of “straight” paths verses “crooked” paths. Crooked paths symbolize the junkyards and swamps, the ditches and scars and bitterness that are the consequences of wrong and unwise decisions. The wisdom of “straight paths” means freedom from the baggage many of us are dragging through life; and not being encumbered with painful memories and indiscretions of the past. The good news is that it is never too late to get off of the road of hurt and painful decisions, and get on the straight paths of God’s Word.
There is a goal in mind, and an end in sight. There is an exit to find and a hope for true freedom. God created us for a purpose. He has a goal in mind, and he desires to help us find it while achieving our purpose along the way. However, all this is preceded by something required of us – “Trust in the Lord with all our heart”; “Leaning not on our own understanding”; and, “in all your ways acknowledge Him.” This promise comes with some “ifs”… If we do our part, God will do His part.”
“Do not be wise in your own eyes” – “fear the Lord and shun evil” – Result? – “This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” What does it mean to “fear the Lord?” – In this age of information, knowledge is plentiful, but wisdom is scarce. Wisdom means far more than simply knowing a lot, or thinking you know a lot. Being “wise in your own eyes” is thinking you are wise enough to conduct all affairs in life by your own discretion; or in matters of religion wiser than your teachers, and even wiser than the Scriptures. It is a basic attitude that affects every aspect of life. The foundation of knowledge is to fear the Lord—to honor and respect God, to live in awe of his power, and to obey his Word. Faith in God should be the controlling principle for your understanding of the world, your attitudes, and your actions. Trust in God—he will make you truly wise. Our lives are to be ones that constantly seek the Lord and His wisdom and instruction. There is only One who knows it all and it is not the person that you see when you look in the mirror.
Principle 2 – The right path.