19 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets;
therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.
20 If one curses his father or his mother,
his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.
21 An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning
will not be blessed in the end.
22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”;
wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
23 Unequal weights are an abomination to the Lord,
and false scales are not good.
24 A man's steps are from the Lord;
how then can man understand his way?
25 It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,”
and to reflect only after making vows.
When you read over these verses, you can see why I took a whole week to discuss deception. While there are some teachings that we didn't look at, this weeks passage discusses deceit time and time again. Today's passage mentions it in vs 23 (material deceit) and verse 25 (getting Spiritually deceived.)
Yesterday I had you look up Matthew 6:33--the verse about Seeking God First. Today in Proverbs I want to focus on verse 24. This verse is basically saying that it is entirely necessary to depend on God. We don't know what we are doing or where we are going but He does! So why do we not leave that up to Him?
When I was trying to think of an illustration for this point, I thought about the old video game, "Lemmings". Do you remember that game? These little rodents would just walk off cliffs and perish if you did not put up road blocks to stop them and help them turn back into safe territory. I found this photo and it is so good that I am going to use it to bring to close this weeks study.
Closing thought: Will you follow your peers to destruction, or your Savior to Salvation?