“The heart is deceitful above all things” (Jeremiah 17:9). “In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death” (Proverbs 12:28). “Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path” (Proverbs 23:19).
We have a country path we have often walked on since moving to our current home in April, 2002. It’s actually “Meeting House Road”, still an official township road that has long been abandoned and overgrown which is OK by us. We like to think of it as our personal path. As the weather warms up we will be making our local walks along this pleasant path that begins right across from our home.
There are many paths in life that beckon us. But spiritually there is only one path that leads to spiritual and eternal life; the path of righteousness. There are many other paths that ultimately lead to death, however pleasant they may temporarily be, along the way.
An example of sin’s deceitfulness is the way it takes hold of our lives when we’re guided by our feelings rather than the absolute truths of God’s Word. The writer of Proverbs 14:12 put it this way: “There is a way (path) that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” The Lord Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
“Listen, my son, and be wise.” The writer of Proverbs is referring to listening to God’s truth, the only truth which will make us truly wise. This wisdom speaks not only of head knowledge but also heart knowledge and godly understanding. This wisdom is not a result of any degree of innate intelligence or formal education as the world reckons it. In fact there may be absolutely no correlation between these characteristics and attaining godly wisdom. Worldly wisdom is summed up in Romans 1:22, “Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools”.
“Keep your heart on the right path.” For all of us who earnestly seek to follow Christ this is a simple seven word phrase to keep before us each day. There are so many distractions and disturbances that seek to get us off the right path. We need to listen intently and obey the Voice of Truth. We can hear this voice through the Holy Scriptures which are able to make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (see 2 Timothy 3:15).
We conclude our message with one more Scripture verse that supports today’s emphasis; “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
The Voice of Truth says ‘Do not be afraid’.
And the Voice of Truth says ‘This is for My glory’.
Out of all the voices calling out to me.
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of Truth.”
Daily prayer: Father, may the choices I make today reflect the Voice of Truth that points me in the way of life everlasting. If I should instead choose to go by my feelings about a matter I am sure to make a mistake I’ll later regret. But when I follow Your commands, they are not based upon the feelings I have now that could change later, but they’re based upon Your immutable truth intended for all time. Help me to be wise, strong, and obedient so that I will keep my heart and life on the right path. Amen.
Brooksyne’s note: Some of you will recall the very popular and beautiful song of the 70’s “You Light Up My Life.” It has a troubling line that has always bothered when I hear it; “It can’t be wrong when it feels so right.” It’s a good example of the way sin takes hold of our lives, when we’re guided by our feelings rather than the absolute truths of God’s Word. The song was written in the seventies when we were young but now we have encountered a lot of people along the way who do make their decisions based upon their feelings rather than on what is right, particularly in the area of marital infidelity.
“The Voice Of Truth” Video Casting Crowns
“Show Me Your Ways” Video
“This Is My Desire” Video Michael W Smith