Both Sides

“Even in laughter the heart may ache, and rejoicing may end in grief. The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs. The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps. The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure. A quick-tempered person does foolish things, and the one who devises evil schemes is hated. The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends. It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy. Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness. All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly. A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful.” Proverbs 14:13-25

Over and over in the book of Proverbs we are challenged to look at both sides of a coin. And in looking we are confronted with two choices. We can choose to follow our own desires, or we can choose God’s plans. We can walk the path of foolishness or walk in wisdom. We can pick evil in this life or righteousness.

In Matthew 7, Jesus said there are two paths in life. One has a big wide gate and the road it takes us on is broad. Lots of people are on this path. It feels comfortable, enjoyable. It’s the path most of the world chooses. However, it leads to death.

The other gate is quite small and the path is narrow. It is really only big enough for one person at a time to walk right next to the Lord. That path leads to life, but only a few find it.

Two sides to the coin, two paths in life, but only one choice.

Father, thank You that I have eyes to see which path I want to be on. I want to walk right next to You.


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