W.A.R. BIBLE STUDY
A Better You – Part IV – Walking Up the King’s Highway
Dr. Oscar T. Moses
Study Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
W.A.R. is an acronym for Word of God Applied Rightly taken from 2 Timothy 2:15 – Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
There is an old adage that says, “Only fools rush in where angels dare to tread.” To put simply, the fool gets involved in situations that a wiser person would not. How many times have you found yourself in a bad sitaution and realized, “This was a bad decision?” If only we had thought the situation through.
There are some rules for the road as we travel in life. You can’t travel any way you want to committing violation after violation. God wants us to make decisions that leads in the direction of our destination with careful consideration. Since Heaven is our Goal and King Jesus is our King, Solomon gives us a few Rules for the Road as we are “Walking Up The King’s Highway.”
Dr. Oscar T. Moses
Solomon’s final words of wisdom in this chapter pertain to the Path of Life we take. There is a natural progression demonstrated that emerges from the heart. The heart is the well spring and its contents are revealed in our actions. It is first revealed in what we say then in what we look at and finally, where we go. What we protect, profess and peruse will determine our paths.
We have options as to which path we might take and therefore we must give careful consideration to paths. The Scottish minister and theological writer William Arnot said, “The best time to ponder any path is not at the end, not even in the middle, but at the beginning of it.” Here are the Rules for the Road!!!
- Lay Every Step On The Scale – The word “Ponder” is a critical word in the text. It means to “weigh in the balance.” This text suggests that our actions will be balanced on the “scales of life.” The implication is that God has a scale where righteousness and unrighteousness counter one another and all actions of life end up on one side. We should endeavor to live life where the “righteous” side “hangs heavy!” We must balance our actions by the Word of God to see if it agrees. Solomon says, “ponder the path of thy feet.” The Hebrew writer echoes this sentiment in Hebrews 12:13 (KJV) 13 “And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.” The lesson is: Before you make any major decisions in life consider the outcome; starting an illicit relationship, stepping into a crooked business deal, major financial purchases, or whatever minor or major moves one makes they are to lay them on the “scale” and see if the Word of God agrees.
- Let Every Step Be Steady – “And let all thine ways be established.” “Established” is the Hebrew word “koon” and it means sure, synced, stablished and steady. The primitive root is “erect” meaning that ones life must be upstanding. It also means prepared. Solomon is suggesting a sense of harmony and uniformity with the whole life of a person; “All thine ways.” It is a life of truth. This could be interpreted, Let all thy ways be prepared or directed according to God’s Word.
- Let Every Step Be Sacred – “Turn not to the right hand nor to the left.” Life is full of demonic distractions. Isaiah 30:21 (KJV) – 21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” Never allow no thing or person to menace or flatter you from attending to the righteous path. Remove thy foot from evil. Never allow yourself to walk in an evil way or with evil people.
Group Bible Reflection
- Read Psalm 1
- Read Proverbs 3:5-6
- Read Jeremiah 6:16
- Read Jeremiah 10:23
- Read Psalm 25:4-5
- Read Psalm 37:23
- Read John 10:3-5
- Read John 16:13
- How does these verses pertain to the lesson?
Thought #1 – When writing the story of your life’s journey don’t allow someone else to hold the pen.
Thought #2 – No matter how far you have gone in the wrong direction it’s not too late to turn around.
Thought #3 – The Holy Spirit is our guide.
Let’s Talk About It!
- Why do people make major life decisions without consulting God?
- What are the consequences of making decisions without God?
- Why do you suppose younger generations feel God’s Word is outdated?
- How does the Holy Spirit order our steps?
- How does hanging out with the wrong people lead some astray?
- How does God give us time to change our direction in life?
- How does God let us know when we are traveling in the wrong direction?
- How has this lesson helped or not helped you?
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