The Path of the Unrighteous

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Reading: Proverbs 2

Proverbs 2:20

So you will walk in the way of good men, And keep to the paths of the righteous

When I was 16 years old, I was not in the path of the righteous. I was in the path of the unrighteous. One night, this path was more dangerous than typical. Living unrighteously is always dangerous. I was living with my boyfriend, his dad, and his dad’s girlfriend. His dad liked to get high on marijuana, pain pills, and alcohol all at once. He wasn’t an angry man but this night was different. He had a gun and pointed it at each of our heads in turn saying “Say your prayers because tonight is the night you are going to die”. I believed him. My boyfriend and I were able to escape death that night and eventually I was able to escape that lifestyle. Eventually, I was able to walk safely with good people in the path of the righteous.

This is an extreme example of being on an unrighteous path and the consequences therein. Listening to vulgar music is another example of an unrighteous path. The consequences of listening to vulgar music would be more subtle, like producing negative or vulgar thoughts or speech. But Proverbs 2:7a-8 says “He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, Guarding the paths of justice And He preserves the way of His godly ones”. God protects the righteous. But how will we know we are on the path of righteousness? Proverbs 2:9 “Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course.” We will know by discernment and that is our prayer today.

Prayer:

Dear Lord,

Help to keep me and my loved ones on the path of righteousness. Give us discernment to choose the good course, be it a place we physically go or words we hear and put in our minds and hearts.

Reflection:

Are you listening to anything that is unrighteous? Decide today to replace it with something righteous and in line with God’s word.

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