I am one of those people who love to rearrange the furniture! The new configuration may not even be better than the previous one, but it makes me feel better. I enjoy the change and the fresh look. My husband is not always of the same opinion, especially when he stubs his toe! Where before he could walk through the living room without any thought, he now has to be intentional about where he steps! Habits die hard!
Today’s verse is a caution about our steps. We are to give careful thought to what paths we follow. Routine and habit can dull the senses and make us unaware. We are to be intentional in evaluating our direction and walk in a way that is consistent with our beliefs. The following verse tells us to avoid turning to the right or to the left, but to stay the course of what we know is right. Verse 25 tells us to fix our gaze straight ahead.
It is easy to be distracted rather than resolute. But inattention can get me in trouble with evil. It lies on either side of that righteous path. The path for the believer is narrow but it leads to life and immortality (Prov. 12:28) so it is well worth following! I do not have to fear that evil regardless of how close it may seem. I have Someone who as my Shepherd guides me along the right path (Psalm 23:3-4). There may be unexpected obstacles, but He is always there to guide and protect. He helps me to think through that next step!
Lord, help me to give careful thought to where I am stepping!
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule.)