The idols speak deceitfully,
diviners see visions that lie;
they tell dreams that are false,
they give comfort in vain.
Therefore the people wander like sheep
oppressed for lack of a shepherd.
Divination: a corrupted seeking of spiritual knowledge. Such as: fortune telling, astrology, witchcraft, tarot cards, and spell casting.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Do you want to keep wandering around feeling oppressed without a shepard while seeking wisdom in deceitful places? From a deceiver that is only out to kill, steal, and destroy.
Do you want the truth from the true Shepherd that gives wisdom generously leaving you lacking for nothing? To follow a Shepherd that went to the slaughter like a lamb to protect His flock so that we may have eternal life in heaven and a life more abundant on earth.
Your choice. He always leaves you free to choose. You can’t have one foot in divination and one foot in God.
“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
A good question I read this morning.
“Is the value we place on life based on how convenient that life is to us, or do we hold the Creator’s view?”
No need to answer that here. Just meditate on that and answer it for yourself. Better yet, give that answer to God. You will answer to Him for it one day anyway.
It is never too late to change your view. God is always waiting with open arms. Rejoicing the moment you decide to love Him with all your heart, body, and soul. And to love others as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-39)
His grace and mercy are for you no matter how you have treated life in the past or what hill you have stood on concerning the sanctity of life. It is never too late to seek His wisdom.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
Prayer, studying the bible, and being in a Christ centered, bible believing church are all ways to mature in your faith. So, then, you will no longer be like an infant that is easily decieved or tossed back and forth from one idea to the next. The world’s teachings (college professors, media, celebrities opinions, activists, extremists.) change almost daily. God’s truth has remained the same and will never change.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
What would it be like if you had an answer? A good one. The right one. When your friend you care for so much asks for advice, what would it be like to have words that are actual truth to give her? What would it be like to have an answer for someone wanting to be led to God? For someone asking the tough questions about our faith because they want to believe too? What is it like to feel the Spirit pull a verse you studied 2 weeks ago to the forefront of your mind in that moment? To speak with confidence the truth that has been revealed to you through bible study? To have the strength of Christ when someone rolls their eyes or mocks the truth? To be able to keep it together when the Spirit brought out of you words that brought someone to their spiritual knees in praise and surrender? To have the patience of Christ to watch a planted seed grow in someone?
You dont have to wonder what it is like. It is all right there for you in the bible. All the knowledge to turn to wisdom. You can be the one to spread the truth you have graciously been given. When Christ comes calling and asking “what did you do with the talents I gave you?” Did you bury them? Or did you use them to multiply the kingdom?
Parable of the Talents
My Proverbs 4 take away:
Reminds me of a saying I always heard when I was younger. “Dont start and there wont be none.” It was usually used when someone was about to smart off to someone else. It would mean, dont start with the attitude and we wont have a problem.
To apply it with Proverbs 4: Dont enter the way of the wicked and you wont have a problem.
I can testify to this. There have been many sins that, for whatever reason, I never entered into so I have never had that sin issue to have to fight. On the other hand there are many sins I did enter into that I now do have a sin issue to war against. It is not easy to replace a bad habit with a wise habit. Not easy but not impossible since we have the Spirit that abides in us.
This is a really great chapter for parents with young children. Teach them Gods wisdom early in an attempt to keep them from making unwise choices. Try to nip it as much as possible from the get go. Cuz if they dont start there wont be none. 🙂❤
For you that are like me and came to this walk later in life…God can heal and repair us and our unwise decisions and our kids (even adult)can be healed and repaired. Pray pray pray!! And stay faithful in that walk! Salvation happened to you and it can happen to them in the same way!