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Proverbs 8:20,21, I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
Wisdom is a leader!
A leader is one who goes first.
A leader is a guide.
A leader shows the way.
A leader shows how to accomplish a purpose.
This proverb tells us that wisdom is a leader.
It tells us that wisdom leads in a particular fashion.
It tells us that wisdom leads within certain predictable parameters.
It tells us that wisdom restricts himself to a narrow way as he leads.
A mark that is appreciated by the followers of a good leader is his predictability.
As 1 Corinthians 14:8, says, For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
A leader gives a certain sound. A leader insures that his followers know how he leads.
God in the Old Testament led them in the way by a pillar of the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night to show them light.
It was obvious who was leading the children of Israel and what direction he was leading. He was easy to follow during the day and he was easy to follow during the night.
There was no uncertain sound in God's leadership.
David asks the Lord in the Psalms to: Lead me in thy righteousness, make thy way straight before my face, lead me in thy truth, teach me thy way, lead me in a plain path, lead me by thy light, lead me to the rock that is higher than I, lead me in the way everlasting and lead me into the land of uprightness.
The Book of the Revelation tells us that the Lamb shall lead them unto living fountains of waters.
So it is obvious that the child of God has a leader.
It is obvious that a child of God is to be a follower of that leader.
Our role is to be a follower, that is God's will for us.
This proverb tells us that wisdom is our leader and we know that Jesus Christ is wisdom incarnate.
He is wisdom come in the flesh and we are to follow him as he leads us down predictable and restricted paths.
He tells us that he leads in the way of righteousness.
The way that he is leading is a restricted path.
It is a narrow path. You can count on him to stay on this path. He will not depart from it.
If you are involved in unrighteousness then you can be sure that he is not on the path with you.
You have departed from his path.
He tells us plainly what are the boundaries of his path. It is in the way of righteousness!
This proverb also tells us that he stays in the middle of the path. "I lead in the midst of the paths of judgment."
Deuteronomy 5:32,33, Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.
Remember 2 Chronicles 34:1,2, Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years. And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left.
Josiah was wise. He was a middle-of-the-roader neither declining to the right hand, nor to the left.
God intends for us to be neither conservative nor to be liberal.
He intends for us to be neither Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal or Catholic.
To be conservative, liberal or denominational will eventually take us away from the way of righteousness.
If you desire to stay in the way of righteousness you will find it in the midst of the paths of judgment.
If we lean toward the right we will eventually err.
If we lean toward the left we will also err.
It is dangerous for a child of God to follow systems of thinking developed by men whether they be secular or presume to be sacred.
Some systems may have many good things to recommend them and may be close to paths of righteousness but in the end the paths will stray from one another and devotion to a cause not of God, will lead you away from God.
Job 8:11-13, Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water? Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb. So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:
Our judgment must be based upon wisdom as we know him in the word of God and not locked into a set of conservative, liberal or other worldly set of principles!
We must be free to judge righteously. We are to: Stand fast wherewith Christ hath made us free, free to walk in the midst of the path.
So why do we want to follow? Look at the promise to those that do!
Proverbs 8:21, That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
What is this substance that God wants us to inherit?
It is not of this world but of the world that endures, the world to come.
The substance that wisdom is talking about are those things that 2 Corinthians 4:18, talks about: the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Substance in this verse is not seen.
It is that which is mentioned in: Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Matthew 25:34, Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
1 Peter 1:4, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
This is the substance that our leader, Wisdom, Jesus Christ, wants to lead us to!
"PROVERB PRACTICALS" Article in "The Projector" for Proverbs 8:20,21, THE WAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS