Righteousness and Wickedness


Monday July 25, 2011

I took the weekend off and Monty, my dog (well he’s really Victoria’s dog, but she is away) and I went up to Flagstaff for the weekend to get some cooler weather. It is 7:00 am and I just got back into Scottsdale from a wonderful drive early in the morning. I have begun to read in the book of Proverbs. It is a book filled with wisdom and insight as to how one should act, walk, and live. Throughout our lives we have many choices we need to make as we walk on the journey that God has given us. As I look back on my life I have tried to choose wisely on the forks that have presented themselves in my life. There have been some choices that were not wise and I had to back up and get back on the right road. I think for many of us we have been in that situation where we were in a bad place making bad choices and ended up having to go back to what God wanted us to do.

In the passage this morning I was reading where Solomon does a great job in defining two different roads we can choose and the consequences of those roads we choose. “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble” (Proverbs 4:18-19 NIV). When we choose the path of righteousness, we experience light and direction regarding the steps we take. We have the sense that we are going down the right path and each step we take God confirms that step by bringing more and more light to our path. The reassurance causes us to continue down that path with a sense a purpose and direction for our life. In constrast, the wicked path is one that continues to get darker and darker. Solomon says it is like deep darkness where we are stumbling, but we have no idea why we are stumbling. When we are on this road, we loose all sense of direction and purpose. The road is hard and we wonder why we keep making the same mistakes over and over.

It’s during this time if we are on the wicked path that a decision to stop and evaluate our lives is in order. It is impossible to turn around and move back o the righteous path if we are continuing to move down the wicked path. It’s like being lost while you are driving and not stopping to look at the road map for directions or stopping to ask for direction. If we continue to stumble without asking for help, we will continue to get more and more lost

On this journey, take some time today to make sure you are on the righteous road of your life and if you are not, stop what you are doing and turn around to seek His direction for your life.

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About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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2 Responses to Righteousness and Wickedness

  1. Pam Smith says:

    That was a real eye opener talking with you about that today. What stood out to me is that old, familiar destructive patterns don’t always “feel” wicked.

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