The Way of Life

I really like this verse from Proverbs 15, as it reminds me that we always have choices in life – whether we’ll pursue the path of wisdom (that leads upward – presumably, toward more wisdom, despite the twists and tursts) or the path of foolishness, which leads to greater foolishness – ultimately culminating in destruction.

The verse is sobering, but it’s an important reminder that the only thing keeping us from a downward spiral is the Lord’s intervention and sustaining grace in our lives! Let’s always remember to seek His will first in all things and continue climbing upward – even if the road is filled with unexpected twists and turns.

Will you pray with me?

Dear Lord, I thank You for this sobering reminder from Proverbs 15. However, I am also grateful to You, because You promise to give Your wisdom to all who earnestly seek it. Therefore, I can remain hopeful, as “the way of life that winds upward” is freely available to anyone seeking Your wisdom and truth with a sincere heart. In fact, the more that I climb upward, the more I continue to learn about You and Your ways; additionally, my trust in and relationship with You will deepen and strengthen – and these are truly lthe most imporatnt things.

Thank You for this truth from Your Word today. Please encourage me each day to faithfully follow upward-winding path, and intentionally decide to “turn away from hell below”. After all, anything (or anyone) steering me away from You will ultimately take me in the wrong direction – so please fill me afresh with Your wisdom each day, so that I can readilyl discern when the enemy is trying to lure my attentions and affections away from You, and onto some lesser person, place, thing, or idea. In Your name I pray, Amen.

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15 thoughts on “The Way of Life

      1. I’m so glad to hear that you are better! I am grateful to hear it. Some days are just harder than others, no? You have the right attitude about things, though – we must simply ride out the waves with the Lord, knowing the smoother and calmer waters eventually lay before us.

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  1. Yes, I pray with you.
    I link your post with Romans 8.6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
    And also with a passage I read this morning in my devotions – it really caught my attention: Heb 12.11-15 1Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled
    We have friends whose son was in an accident years ago. His body will never heal completely, and his speech is rough. But, the whole thing tore his family apart; his parents chose the downward spiral. ☹ I am mulling over a post related to all this, and now your verse and post tie into it…

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    1. Thank you for sharing these verses, Kathy, and for also sharing such a heart-rending story about your friends’ son. What a tragic situation! It reminds me that none of us is inherently exempt from the downward spiral, and that the trials of life can take any of us down if we’re not careful (and sometimes, even when we are).

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      1. I moved into James this morning, and God’s Word reminds us to count it all joy, and to let patience have her perfect work so that we may be entire, wanting nothing.
        ~sigh~ I can do all that while I’m in God’s Word, and while I’m reading and exchanging blog remarks. It’s a good thing God keeps me in the palm of His hand. What can people do who don’t look to God???

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      2. Excellent question, Kathy. I struggle keeping James’s mandates, even with the Holy Spirit and the Bible there to guide me – without such direction, I’m not sure how people make it. I suppose they must do what the end of the book of Judges cautions against – doing what seems right in their own eyes. 😮

        I love the book of James, though! A very hard-hitting, but helpful book, I think.

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