What Path Are You On?
17 I (Wisdom) love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice. —Proverbs 8:17-20
When Solomon talks about wisdom walking the way of righteousness, he is echoing his father’s declaration that our Shepherd leads us “in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3). Both David and Solomon make it clear that “walking in” God’s presence, is necessary to a righteous life.
Meditate today on “the way (or paths) of righteousness.” By path or way, the writers of Scripture meant a course of action; a life direction; a pattern of behavior; a series of circumstances. Life has many paths. You can choose many courses and directions for your life. Some paths are obviously wrong and they take us to very bad places. If you follow those wrong roads in life, you get to a place where you wonder, “What am I doing here? I didn’t want my life to be about this. I had a lot bigger and better dreams.” Seeking God’s way is the first step to getting out of wrong paths and back into a way of living that God can bless.
There are also some paths that appear to be right but are still wrong. The Scripture says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12). That’s not what you want to do with your life. Instead, “in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:6).
Then there are paths that are right for a while. “This was good when we were at this place in our lives, but now I need to go in a little different direction.” Even on a good path God might change your life and send you in a new direction. Your plan should be to seek His guidance whether you stay the course or make a turn.
If you have a heart to be on the right path, then your ears ought to perk up when the Word of God says, “He leads me in paths of righteousness” (Psalm 23:3). Literally it means into right paths. God Himself is very interested in our being on the right path; paths that lead to joy, peace, and blessing. Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a man are established by the Lord when he (speaking of God) delights in his way (or his path).” God Himself orders the path of the righteous person.
You may say, “I want those paths that lead to life and blessing and prosperity.” Psalm 16:11, speaking of the Lord, says, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy.” Isn’t it encouraging to know that God guides our paths? Aren’t you glad that the hand of Almighty God, if you’ll submit to Him, is directing you into the right way? It might not be my way; it might not be someone else’s way, but it’s the right path for you and for your lifebecause you are continually seeking to respond to His guidance and leading.
Father, I believe You have a path of righteousness planned for me: I want to take every step on it! Alert me if I wander, correct me if I persist in a wrong detour, and lead me back when I realize I can’t be what I want You want me to be without Your constant leading and help. Thank You for the promise of Your presence and guidance. Thank You for Your Son’s commitment to never leave me or forsake me. I can rest and walk in righteousness with those promises. In Jesus’ name, amen.