Proverbs 13:20-22 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed. A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
“Cleanliness is next to godliness.” “God works in mysterious ways.” “God helps those who help themselves.” These three phrases can be found in Hezekiah 1:12. Now before you look them up, it’s a joke. There’s no Hezekiah 1:12.
One of the things my dad said when I was younger was, “you are who you hang out with.” At the time, I didn’t believe it. I thought, “no way, I am my own man. I am who I am, and they are different.” However as I have grown older, and begin to look around, I see he was right. If you want to see the kind of person you are, just look at the people with whom you choose to associate. I’m not talking about the people you’re forced to go to school with, or work with. I’m referring to the times when it’s your choice, who do you choose to spend most your time with. Dear reader, who they are, is a good indicator of who you are.
I often wondered where my Christian parents came up with all their wisdom. Now I can see, most of their wisdom must have come from Gods Word. Proverbs 13:20 says pretty much the same thing my dad said. If you walk with the wise, they will make you wiser. Being around wise people will cause you to think, and learn. On the other hand, hanging out with a group of people who have no desire to be better at anything, who make foolish decisions, and disregard God and His Word, will make you just like them. So, as you look around at the friends you choose to be around, ask yourself, just who am I?
Ok, so what if your inspection shines a light on the fact that you may not have the best friend, now what. Well you have two choices. First, if you want to better yourself, find and make new encouraging friends. Secondly, help your old friends become wiser. How, talk with them about the Bible, and God. If they really do not want to become wiser, you’ll not have to leave them. I promise! As hard as it may be to believe, these so-called friends, will eventually leave you.
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Ezra 6 – 10 / Proverbs 13:20-22
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