Proverbs 16:29-31 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leaded him into the way that is not good. He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass. The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
When I was younger, I use to get into trouble. I know, those of you who know me find that hard to believe, but it’s true. A teacher once said, “Son, I think you just sit around and try to think up ways to get yourself into trouble.” Well, I didn’t think that was what I was doing at the time, but looking back, I can now see where I might have been doing exactly that.
Whenever I would try to think up ways to get around the rules or defy authorities, I was doing exactly what that teacher had said. I was planning to do something that would eventually get me in trouble. If that were not bad enough, it always seemed I would try to talk others into joining me. This brought about another problem. When I wasn’t thinking of something terrible to do, they were. Then, they would talk me into doing what they thought up. Now you have a team of troublemakers each taking turns causing the others to get into trouble.
The Bible warns of people who never grow up or grow out of this way of life. They are always trying to beat the system. Some of them may become hooked on gambling, some are always looking for a, “get rich quick” scheme, while others become intoxicated by the idea power over others. They always are trying to get people on their side for one thing or another
In the church, within the family of God, there should not be sides taken nor such activity found. We should all be on God’s side, and on a mission to reach the lost for Christ.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
Our verses today say, “He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things.” That refers to people who think hard of how they might get back, get even, or get around the system. What a terrible waste of our time here on earth. Instead of spending our days thinking of ways to avoid rules or authorities, why not spend it glorifying God? Today, let’s draw closer to Him.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Psalms 119 / Proverbs 16:29-31
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Neh. 1-3 / Acts 13:1-28
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