Proverbs 10:17 Amplified is a great barometer for us. It says, “He who heeds instruction and correction is (not only himself) in the way of life (but also) is a way of life for others. And he who neglects or refuses reproof (not only himself) goes astray (but also) causes to err and is a path toward ruin for others.”
David’s prayer is one of mine. Psalm 25:4-5 says, “Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.”
Only one with a humble heart is willing to be led. The Lord was able to lead Ezra and Joshua because of their humility. The Lord led the children of Israel for forty years in the wilderness. Deuteronomy 8:2 says, “…to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.”
The Lord knew what they would do, but He wanted them to see what rebellion was hidden in their hearts. So it is with us. When we refuse to humble ourselves (James 4:10), then He will use adverse circumstances that will cause our hidden flesh to react.
Psalm 19:7 says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” Psalm 119:130 says, “The entrance of Your words give light; it gives understanding to the simple.” The Hebrew for the word simple means lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment and foolish.
Our fleshly reactions are foolish. They lack God’s influence because He resists the proud. That is why we are to read His word for understanding—gaining knowledge, wisdom, and direction from our Instructor.
Here is a promise that we must stand on. Even when we flesh out, this verse holds true. Psalm 37:24 says that our steps are ordered by the Lord. However, if we get derailed through disobedience, and pulled off track, there is hope.
Verse 25 says, “Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand.” We are sealed for eternity. I love these kinds of verses. No matter what we do in opposition to the Lord’s way, He will not leave us to our own devices. More tomorrow.