Proverbs 4-6, Psalm 149
Charles Spurgeon said, “The Christian life is very much like climbing a hill of ice. You cannot slide up. You have to cut every step with an ice axe. Only with incessant labor in cutting and chipping can you make any progress. If you want to know how to backslide, leave off going forward. Cease going upward and you will go downward of necessity. You can never stand still.” J.C. Ryle said, “Men fall in private long before they fall in public.”
Every day we have to decide whether we are going to take a step forward or a step backward in our walk with God. Our walk is dynamic not static. We can never rest on anything that we have done , the real question is what are we going to do today. This holds true whether it is a weekday or a weekend, whether we are at work or on vacation, whether alone or with others. Like any other authentic relationship we must stay in a state of growth and not allow our love for Him to diminish.
After describing what wisdom was in the first few chapters, he now warns his son to maintain it, to not lose steam in his pursuit. He goes further to warn him of the many pitfalls or distractions which could pull him from this walk. These dangers range from apathy, to sexual distraction, to financial indiscretion, to laziness, etc. The list for us has not changed, but the ability for us to be distracted from God has grown tremendously. With cell phones, social media, music, etc, though not inherently bad all make it difficult to spend time alone with God and abide in God. For many of us we have filled our lives with so much busyness that rather than saturate our minds with God’s Word in the morning we settle for a short little devotional with a little Scripture and a little commentary. Over time this will lead to an anemic walk with God. In John 8:31-32, Jesus instructs us how to stay close to Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley: