Staying with my word for the year, I’m analyzing walking in wisdom, today. See, it really does matter where you walk.
In fact, Psalms cautions those who walk in the way of the wicked.
I love the progression of Psalm 1:1. First, we are cautioned against even walking the wicked way. Then, those who have walked in that way are told to avoid standing, pausing, in the path of sinners. From there, they are urged not to sit in the seat of scoffers.
I’m reminded about high school trip our large choir took to New Orleans. I’m naive as all get out, and a rule follower. So when we were told to absolutely not go near Bourbon Street, I was all about obedience. Until we were about to be late to meet with the rest of the group and Bourbon Street was the shortest distance between us and them.
So we walked in the way of the wicked. I don’t know how that place is now, 30 years later, but then there were posters of naked or almost naked women. Several scantily-clad ladies stood at the entrance to strip clubs with hawkers trying to entice the passers to pause and come it.
I can tell you I did a power walk, with our large group of seniors, head down and cheeks flaming. The guys who were with us weren’t quite as committed to get down the street so fast. Thankfully they didn’t dally for long. But they did tease the tar out of us for our embarrassment.
I think of Psalm 1:1 with the street as the way of the wicked, pausing along the way as standing in the path of sinners, and entering one of those spots as sitting in the seat of scoffers – though the teasing we got came pretty close to that.
The key is to not walk in that way in the first place. We’re supposed to walk in wisdom. Listen to what the Holy Spirit is telling us and obeying Him. Even when the path is shorter to go the other way. Proverbs 28:26 addresses this. “Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.”
Your turn: Was there a time in your past when you know you were where you were NOT supposed to be?