Avoid Destruction: Walk Wisely

Why would any Christian not heed this counsel? 

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Proverbs 13:20 – He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

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Here, in our Text for Today, is some of the greatest, most profound wisdom that has ever been offered to man.  Look at it closely.  Would you rather live as a wise man or be destroyed?  That’s a truly simple question that should require absolutely no consideration beyond the time it takes to answer it.  What person in their right mind wants to be destroyed?  I know of none.  What person in their right mind prefers to be wise over foolish, and life above destruction?  All of them.

Now look again at our Text for Today.  Speak it to yourself several times.  Carry it with you throughout your day.  Let it become a permanent fixture in your heart and mind.  If you “walk with wise men,” you “shall be wise.”  In Biblical terms, according to Jesus Himself, to be wise is to be a person who hears what the Word of God says, and then does it.  Even if you are not richly versed in the Scriptures, do you know someone who is, and who follows obediently what the Scriptures teach?  If you do, you know a “wise” man.  Walking with such a person is a decision you must make.  To walk with that person does not mean you are with them all the time.  It means you observe their walk, and follow them in that walk.  Paul the Apostle wrote, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”  In that verse, the word “followers” is the Greek word translated as “imitators.”  To “imitate” someone does not mean that you must know them well, or even that you really understand all they say or do.  It simply means that you attempt to act as they act, speak like they speak, and in the case of our Text for Today, walk like they walk.  Imitation is one of your greatest tools for learning in every arena of life.  When you imitate the right people, you get right results.  When you imitate the wrong people, you get wrong results.  Do you prefer RIGHT results or WRONG results?

There is one more powerful lesson to be taken from this verse.  Imitating someone well takes time.  It is a learning process.  So, even if you don’t fully comprehend what a person is doing, they fact that you are walking with them indicates connection.  How would you be treated if you were in the car with someone who has just robbed a convenience store?  You would be treated as an accomplice upon initial contact, whether you were or not.  You’ve heard the old adage, “Birds of a feather flock together.”  There is a high level of truth in that statement.  So, to state it simply, be wise in your decisions about those with whom you walk.

Manna for Today – Matthew 7:24-27; Matthew 25:1-13; John 14:15-17; 1 John 5:3; Hebrews 11:6; Galatians 5:6; 1 Corinthians 11:1