Proverbs 2

1 My son, if you receive my words
    and treasure up my commandments with you,
2 making your ear attentive to wisdom
    and inclining your heart to understanding;
3 yes, if you call out for insight
    and raise your voice for understanding,
4 if you seek it like silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasures,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
    he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
8 guarding the paths of justice
    and watching over the way of his saints.
9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice
    and equity, every good path;
10 for wisdom will come into your heart,
    and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11 discretion will watch over you,
    understanding will guard you,
12 delivering you from the way of evil,
    from men of perverted speech,
13 who forsake the paths of uprightness
    to walk in the ways of darkness,
14 who rejoice in doing evil
    and delight in the perverseness of evil,
15 men whose paths are crooked,
    and who are devious in their ways.
16 So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman,
    from the adulteress with her smooth words,
17 who forsakes the companion of her youth
    and forgets the covenant of her God;
18 for her house sinks down to death,
    and her paths to the departed;
19 none who go to her come back,
    nor do they regain the paths of life.
20 So you will walk in the way of the good
    and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright will inhabit the land,
    and those with integrity will remain in it,
22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
    and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.

When our family goes hiking, a little one often skips along in front and is the first to spot a fork in the path. She calls out, “Which way do we go?” and waits for her father’s direction. Today as we approach Proverbs 2, we see that calling out to our trustworthy heavenly Father and listening for His response, often through His Word, will help us know which way to journey on this path of life.

Pause: Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path (vs. 9).

Ponder: As I travel along the path of life, am I truly and humbly watching my Father for direction? Or am I running headlong in my own way — or the way of those enticing me away from God’s best?

Pray: Lord, I confess that I so often go running ahead on the path and take the wrong fork in the road because I think I know what’s best — and I miss your gentle and loving direction. Forgive me for selfishly trying to chart my own course. Slow me, keep my heart soft to your ways, for You are my shield, guarding and watching over my paths.

— Jaime Sherman