by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Godliness guards the path of the blameless, but the evil are misled by sin.” (Proverbs 13:6, NLT)
The other day I mentioned our family trip to Six Flags where Ethan and I rode the new Justice League experience. When I read today’s verse, I was taken back to that day and a trip around Carousel Hill on the Hanson Car ride with Mia. If you aren’t familiar with the Hanson Cars, they are antique replicas on a track. The driver has a modest amount of control, but the cars will stay on course because of the track. During our trip, Mia and Tiffany sat in the front seat where Tiffany controlled the gas and the brake, and Mia was able to (with help, of course) steer the car. She. Loved. It. We all did, even though it felt a little like whiplash with all the back-and-forth going down the track.
Today’s verse made me think of my trip on the Hanson Car driven by Mia. We virtually had complete control of the car to stop, go, and shift left-to-right, but there was a track to keep our car on course. Solomon, the writer of Proverbs, described Godliness as that which guards the path of the blameless. A relationship with God helps lead, guide, and direct your path, thanks to the Holy Spirit. Spiritual disciplines such prayer, Bible study, worship, service, and observing Sabbath to name a few, are regular activities you can do to stay close with God and God’s people. Let’s face it, we need God and God’s family to help keep us on track when our otherwise jerky movements might send us careening off course, out of control.
God wants you to stay on course, and he knows Godliness is the best way. Sure, you get control along the track, but your relationships and spiritual disciplines are invaluable tools to guard your path. Stay close to God, the people God gives you to do life with, and stay involved with God’s family, the Church. Don’t be misled by sin, but stay on track with God, and enjoy the blessings of living with him to guard your path.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the love you place in my life with your presence and the relationships with those you’ve given for me to do life with. I am sorry for the times I have allowed sin to mislead me and send me careening off course, out of control. By the power of your Holy Spirit, lead, guide, and direct my life so I may stay on track with you while making wise choices that honor you and the sacrifice you made for me. I ask this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.