"Lay hold of my words with all your
heart; keep my commands
and you will live."
WITH ALL MY HEART? OH, GOD, YOU
CANT MEAN THAT LITERALLY! I HAVE TO GIVE MY HEART TO SOMEONE---THATíS
WHAT LOVE IS. AND MY CAREER--IT TAKES A LOT OF HEART. YOU MEAN,
JUST MAKE SURE MY HEART IS RIGHT WITH YOU--NOT THAT I HAVE TO GET FANATIC
ABOUT THIS BIBLE STUFF, RIGHT?
SURE, I CAN KEEP YOUR COMMANDS, WELL MOST OF THEM- THE ONES THAT APPLY IN THIS CENTURY. THE WORLD HAS CHANGED A LOT YOU KNOW!
"Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or
swerve from them."
WELL, SURE, WE ALL GET WISDOM- WE
GO TO SCHOOL! BUT WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH FORGETTING YOUR WORDS
AND NOT SWERVING? IF MY WISDOM MATCHES WHAT YOUR WORD SAYS, THEN
THATíS THE PART OF YOUR WORD I FOLLOW? THAT SOUNDS RIGHT....
"Do not forsake wisdom, and she
will protect you; love her,
and she will watch over you."
NOW HOW DOES WISDOM PROTECT ME????
HOW COULD I FORSAKE IT ANYWAY, UNLESS I HAD A BRAIN INJURY?
I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS- ďTO BE WISE, SKILLFUL.Ē
"Wisdom is supreme; therefore get
wisdom. Though it cost all
you have, get understanding.
Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she
will honor you.
She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you
with a crown of splendor.Ē
YEAH, I CAN AGREE WITH THAT- THE
MORE WISDOM I HAVE, THE BETTER IíLL DO IN THIS WORLD. THE MORE MONEY
I CAN MAKE. IíLL MAKE A PLACE IN THIS WORLD AND PEOPLE WILL KNOW ME.
OK! MAYBE THIS BIBLE STUFF IS SMART AFTER ALL!
"Listen, my son, accept what I say,
and the years of your
life will be many."
UH OH, HERE COMES THE PART ABOUT
LISTENING TO GOD....
"I guide you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you
run, you will not stumble.
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for
it is your life."
IT WOULD BE GOOD TO KNOW SOMEONE
WILL NOT STEER ME THE WRONG WAY. I LIKE THAT PART ABOUT RUNNING AND
"Do not set foot on the path of
the wicked or walk in the way of evil men.
Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way."
WELL..JUST GOING THE SAME PLACES
THAT EVIL PEOPLEĒ GO ISNíT GOING TO HURT ME- RIGHT?
I HAVE TO AVOID IT ALL TOGETHER?
THAT HARDLY SEEMS FAIR- I WILL MISS OUT ON A LOT OF FUN. YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE, YOU KNOW!
"For they cannot sleep till they
do evil; they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall.
They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence."
WELL, THATíS TRUE FOR SOME PEOPLE
I KNOW...THEY LOVE TO SEE SOMEONE ELSE MISERABLE! AND I CAN
IMAGINE THEM STAYING UP ALL NIGHT PLANNING HOW TO GET BACK AT SOMEONE THEY
"The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day
But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not
know what makes them stumble."
THAT IS A SHARP CONTRAST.
I GUESS I CAN KINDA SEE THAT IN A FEW PEOPLEíS LIVES THAT I KNOW REALLY
LOVE GOD....BUT WHAT ABOUT THOSE CHRISTIANS THAT I KNOW THAT DO THE SAME
THINGS I WANT TO DO? THEY CANT ALL BE WRONG CAN THEY?
"My son, pay attention to what I
say; listen closely to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body. "
I GUESS THE SMART THING TO DO WOULD
BE TO READ THE BIBLE INSTEAD OF TAKING SOMEONE ELSEíS WORD FOR IT.
I COULD HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF WINNING AN ARGUMENT IF I KNOW WHAT THE
BIBLE REALLY SAYS.
"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life."
THATíS THE WHOLE POINT ISNíT IT---TO
KEEP MY HEART SAFE?
BUT HOW DO I DO THAT? HOW DO I KEEP FROM GETTING HURT?
"Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips."
UH OH...I GUESS THERE REALLY IS
SOMETHING IN THE BIBLE ABOUT SWEARING!
"Let your eyes look straight ahead,
fix your gaze directly before you.
Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.
Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil."
OK! I GET IT! ITíS LIKE SETTING
A GOAL AND GOING FOR IT WITH NO DISTRACTIONS!
WHY DIDNíT ANYONE TELL ME THIS BEFORE?
SO MAYBE ALL THIS OTHER STUFF ISNíT FROM GOD, BUT IS JUST SOMEONE (SATAN?) TRYING TO GET MY OFF TRACK!!!!
I GUESS SETTING MY SITE ON GODíS GOALS FOR ME IS WHAT
OBEDIENCE IS ALL ABOUT.
So, what are those things you were
A relationship that you know God sent. but it just doesnít quite fit in his plan? What do you think about it now?
Is it helping you grow close to God or distracting you?
Does it fit into what God wants in your life?
Does it fit into His commands?
Donít waste another moment of your
life being distracted! Set your eyes on God, and donít let your feet
swerve right or left. Donít be misled into thinking you can walk
where evil people do and not be harmed. You surely will, just as
Adam and Eve were. Their distraction was the forbidden fruit - what
Satan told them the lie that God didnít really mean it-- what lie are you listening to?