What a timely message from our Pastor on Sunday. He caused us to examine our lives to see who or what is influencing our decisions in life. You can tell what or who is influencing us based on how we behave. It is certainly true that what’s on the inside will come out.
In verse 1 of Proverbs 28 we see the contrast of one who is being influenced by that which is wicked and one who is being influenced by that which is righteous. Those who desert God’s wisdom for their lives are like a person who is running away from something that is not chasing them. In the message version it states, “the wicked are edgy with guilt, ready to run off even when no one’s after them.” When we consistently disobey God and do things our own way, it produces guilt and mistrust of others.
You will always think someone is out to expose your dirt or you will falsely interpret statements or questions from others because of the guilt of your choices. God gives us a contrast to the wicked in the one who seeks to consistently make choices that are pleasing to God. The text says that those who seek to make their ways pleasing to God are relaxed, confident and bold as a lion.
The Bible never commands us to be perfect, but speaks of the believer growing in righteousness or right living. If the truth be told in all of our lives, righteousness is like a person taking four steps forward and one step backwards. Sometimes we fall but Our Father is there to pick us up. Sometimes we stumble but with power of the Holy Spirit, we catch ourselves before we go all the way down.
Let’s thank God for the Holy Spirit that causes us to do right when our flesh would do wrong. As believers when walking in obedience to God, we are like the lion that’s able to stand and walk even in the midst of those who would love to destroy and remove him from the food chain but simply can’t. Yes, the weapon will be formed and Satan would love to destroy your testimony but it just won’t work. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy, but our God came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Because of Christ we can live relaxed, confident and bold as a lion as we seek to make our ways pleasing to God.