Theme Verse: “The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.” Proverbs 15:24 (NIV)
Your Direction Determines Destination (January 5)
The books of Proverbs is a part of Scripture scholars call “Wisdom Literature.” Having intelligence means you know things. Having wisdom means you know what to do in various situations. So you can be smart without being wise. Wisdom literature was written to make us wise – to help us know what to do in specific situations. Today we discover that your direction determines your destination.
Making a Course Correction (January 12)
Solomon tells us, The prudent see danger and take refuge. The simple see danger and keep going. Both of them see danger. One responds by changing course, the other keeps going and hopes that the danger will never arrive. Part of choosing the right path is getting off the wrong path. So how do you choose the right path?
Your Heart Matters (January 19)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” In every arena of life, in every possible path, in every category of path, “trust” God. The answer to choosing the right path is to choose God, to trust God, to go where he asks you to go, do what he asks you to do, and to do it every day. This is not a one-time thing. It’s a path. Place all your confidence, all your faith, all your hope, all your plans in God.
Getting Help Along the Way (January 26)
So sometimes we make plans without consulting anyone, and those often fail or at least wind up being less effective than they could have been. Sometimes we don’t see the potholes and landmines hiding in our path. So, how can you know what you don’t know? Today, Solomon answers that we should seek out the right counsel, the right advisers.
Look Where You're Going (February 2)
Not long ago, almost every state in the nation passed laws prohibiting people from talking on cellphones without some sort of hands-free device, because they knew that if a person is staring at their phone, giving more attention to it than to the road, there’s a good chance they’ll steer themselves OFF the road, or maybe steer themselves into somebody else on the road. What you give your attention to will determine your direction. And your direction will determine your destination.
Dealing with Unreachable Destinations (February 9)
So what do you do when you realize that the destination you’re trying to achieve is unachievable, that the dream you had is not going to come true, that the hope you had is going to go unfulfilled. What do you do when you find yourself trying to reach a destination that is unreachable? I believe that every dead and dying dream is in the hand of God today. He knows about your dream. He cares about your dream. And he cares about you more.
The Separation Principle (February 16)
Today, Solomon helps us discover that on the road of life… not every path is worth taking. Not every path will take you where you want to go. And many of those paths will hurt you. In order to live a successful life there are some paths you need to stay away from… you need to SEPARATE yourself from those paths, and cling to God and His direction.
The Path Principle (February 23)
What if I’ve made bad decisions? What if I haven’t included God in my plans? What if I’ve messed things up so badly that there doesn’t seem to be any way of fixing them? God is the God of “beginning again”. He’s the God of “do overs”. He takes our failures and faults and removes them – replacing them with a new clean slate. And then God takes that clean slate and builds our destiny into our lives.