Guarded Feet - The One Year Walk with God Devotional

Guarded Feet

Read: Proverbs 4:20-27

Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.

Proverbs 4:26

IN WORD The advice in this verse is not unusual wisdom; it could be heard from the mouth of almost any father, from any military training camp, or from any advice column. The issue for us as believers is how to define its terms. What does “level” mean? Which ways are firm?

We will find a vast disagreement between what the world considers level or firm and the directions God leads us in. Take Abraham, for example. He thought he was choosing the level and firm path when he had a son through Hagar, trying to fulfill God’s promise (Genesis 16). It seemed like the only rational way. But God’s way, though not rational by man’s standards, was a far surer path. Or look at Jesus for another example. Which of His disciples would have told Him that the way of the Cross was the way of wisdom? By their standards, it was foolishness and disaster. By God’s, it was the ultimate expression of faithfulness and truth.

When this verse commands us to make level paths and to take firm ways, it is not telling us to follow conventional wisdom. This is not a suggestion to play it safe. It is an order to follow God, to heed His wisdom and trust His guidance, no matter how foolish it looks to a skeptical and watching world. It is a call to base our lives in the ultimate reality of Scripture rather than the finite understanding of human logic. We must understand that the level and firm paths are the ones that are level and firm in God’s sight—not ours, not anyone else’s.

IN DEED When you seek a direction for your life, give no attention to whether your path is safe or risky, conventional or unconventional. Consider only whether it is based in God’s truth, sensitive to His voice, and reflecting His purposes as revealed in His Word. This is ultimately the only safe, level, firm way there is.

The center of God’s will is our only safety.


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