“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm”—Proverbs 13:20
Compromise may be helpful for some relationships, but it can hurt our spiritual journey. Bending God’s principles is risky.
For example, suppose a Christian man makes some new acquaintances, who don’t share his beliefs. Having grown up in the church, he has practically memorized Proverbs 13:20—“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm”—and recognizes the verse is meant to protect Christians from worldly influences. But he rationalizes that spending time here or there with these friends won’t hurt him. Eventually, however, he ends up spending more time with them than with believers and begins to question his own beliefs. Heeding that proverb might have helped him avoid drifting away from the heavenly Father.
To navigate such situations, we must look ahead for possible danger. Even choices that seem trivial can have far-reaching consequences. But the Lord equips us with a conscience and the Holy Spirit, who sounds an alarm if we veer into dangerous territory.
For us to hear these warnings, our heart must be tuned into God’s Spirit and Word. Relying on our own understanding can lead to trouble. But those who trust the Lord and apply His principles will find straight paths through potentially dangerous situations.
The word refuge may be translated “mansion,” or “abiding-place,” which gives the thought that God is our abode, our home. There is a fullness and sweetness in the metaphor, for dear to our hearts is our home, although it be the humblest cottage, or the scantiest garret; and dearer far is our blessed God, in whom we live, and move, and have our being.
It is at home that we feel safe: we shut the world out and dwell in quiet security. So when we are with our God we “fear no evil.” He is our shelter and retreat, our abiding refuge. At home, we take our rest; it is there we find repose after the fatigue and toil of the day. And so our hearts find rest in God, when, wearied with life’s conflict, we turn to him, and our soul dwells at ease. At home, also, we let our hearts loose; we are not afraid of being misunderstood, nor of our words being misconstrued.
So when we are with God we can commune freely with him, laying open all our hidden desires; for if the “secret of the Lord is with them that fear him,” the secrets of them that fear him ought to be, and must be, with their Lord. Home, too, is the place of our truest and purest happiness: and it is in God that our hearts find their deepest delight.
What are your plans for today? If you’re like me and most other Americans, you’ve probably got a list of activities that might include things like, laundry, grocery shopping, washing the car and more. And while you’re at it you may try and slip in some relaxation time.
Let me ask a question. With all the things you’ve got on your plate today, is there any time set aside to read the bible and worship God? I’m here to tell you that this is absolutely the best way to start your day. Why? Because God will tell you what His plans are for you today.
If you were given the option of choosing which plan to follow, I hope your choice will be the smart one and follow God’s plan. His plans are the best and with Him guiding you through His Holy Spirit you will have success in getting things done according to His will for your life. And at the end of the day you will have a great feeling of accomplishment.
So, take some time right now to dig out your bible, read, and then praise and worship God. He’s waiting for you.
Friday is here which means the weekend is just around the corner. As you relax this weekend take time to thank God for all you have, where you live and the many blessings He’s bestowed upon you. God is a God of love, mercy, grace and understanding. Take Him at His word and receive Jesus as your savior. You’ll be glad you did.