Today's Devotion (Thursday)

Wiser Counsel

PROVERBS 23:26-35

Key Verse:

"My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways" (Proverbs 23:26).

When a child is growing up, he feels he has more understanding and exposure than his parents. A test of submission was given to Jesus during His earthly ministry as He was made to receive instructions from Mary and Joseph. Yet, He obliged them. From the text, it is obvious that these biblical injunctions are beyond Solomon, for a greater than Solomon is seen behind the letters. The heart of a wicked man is of little worth. Satan has possession of it, fills it, influences and draws it at his pleasure; the world is set in it and there is no room for any other. Sensual lusts and pleasures, whoredom and wine take away the heart not filled with the love of Christ. Christ should have the hearts and affection of His people. He only is to be loved with the whole heart, sincerely, and above all things else. A broken and a contrite heart is not despised by Him, rather, He binds it up, purifies it by faith in His blood, puts His Spirit within, and writes His laws therein so as to know Him, fear Him and love Him. The counsel of the father to the son is that he should run away from a whore, for a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit. She may be compared to the filthiness of her whoredoms, and for her insatiable lust, as well as for her being never satisfied with what she receives from her lovers. She is as a bottomless ditch into which those that fall are ever sinking deeper and deeper. Taking to the counsel of God fully without reservation is profitable. If you decide to follow your friend’s counsel by ignoring the counsel of God, it shows you have made up your mind to walk on the path of self-management. What a dangerous and a damning path to tread!

Thought for the day: In the midst of godly counsellors, there is safety.

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