It really comes down to the fact that there are two paths to choose.
One is to follow our own way. The other is to follow God’s.
If we choose to take our own path, devising and planning our own lives, we will head toward evil. It is inevitable. We are sinners and without God’s direction in our lives we follow the path of least resistance…our own desires, which are sinful.
In this next section of Proverbs, it begins with the phrase “good people”. Let’s read what it says. “Good people obtain favor from the Lord, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes. No one can be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.”
Years after this was written, Jesus defined the word good when the rich young ruler addressed Him as “Good teacher”. Jesus said, “No one is good—except God alone.”
And that is truth. Goodness comes from the Lord. So, if people are good, it’s because they follow God. The young ruler recognized Jesus as good, which, in reality, declared Him as Messiah.
And then for us, depending on which path we choose, there are either rewards or consequences. If we follow Him, we receive favor. If we don’t, there is condemnation.
Father, thank You for Your direction in my life. Keep me forever on the path that leads to You.