Book: Proverbs 4
“Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.”
I have a question for you. How do you know if you are sidetracked? May I suggest that first you need to know where the “track” is or where you should be. Wisdom gives you the track to follow. Anything short of that is actually evil. That sounds like a strong statement to make but let’s think this through.
God created us for a purpose, His purpose. He knows the best pathway for our lives (Psalm 32:8). His way is always right and perfect. Anything less than that is not what God wants, therefore it is evil.
Satan wants to get us sidetracked and focused on other things. How does he do this? He is an expert in taking a partial truth and twisting it so that on our own strength and understanding we will be deceived. If he can get Kingdom builders doing other things than what the King has assigned, even if they seem good then we are sidetracked. Satan makes things seem like they are good. Think back to Genesis 3 where the serpent tempts Eve. It says in verse 6, “The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it …” Is wisdom not worth getting? Of course it is but because she chose not to obey God’s command, which is the source of true wisdom, she sinned.
There are several times when the children of Israel, “did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.” Each time this happened it got them in trouble as it led them into evil. What they should have done is sought after what God said was right.
May Psalm 139:23-24 be your daily heart cry, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”