Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Twelve

Proverbs 12:26 reads “The righteous is a guide to his neighbor,
But the way of the wicked leads them astray.” (NASB)

Thinking about this verse today during my Proverbs Challenge time with the Lord brought to my attention the instruction given by Christ to His followers that we should go and make disciples.  If we are following Christ, our life should be an example – a guide – for those around us.  Any bible student or church member can probably paraphrase more than one or two verses in the bible that call for us to be active in sharing our faith, being witnesses for Christ, making disciples, set an example, and so on.  So it came as no surprise to me to read in the verse above (Proverbs 12:26) about the righteous being a guide to his neighbor.  It’s what we are called to do as followers of Christ, the Great Example.

Sadly, there are those in every walk of life – including the church – who lead others astray.  Church members who identify as Christian engage in activities that are not honoring Christ and involve others in those activities:  high school and college students who get drunk and throw wild parties; adults who invite neighbors and friends to watch the game while also getting drunk and disorderly.  Those might seem like obvious examples of leading others astray.  What about the person who takes up an offense and decides to lead others in violent protests of something, often without considering the situation in its entirety and simply going with their first thought?  What about the person who launches a social media campaign to slam others or incite hatred?  The bottom line is that we would all do well to prayerfully consider what God is saying to us when we read “the righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray”.


~ by brotherfaron on October 12, 2016.

One Response to “Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Twelve”

  1. Verse 14 says, “the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him.” I think it is interesting that of all the verses that are contrasting a good man versus a wicked man, there is no distinction made here. It simply says that the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him. That is a very sobering thought in light of these last few chapters. Some deeds are an abomination to the Lord and some are His delight. We should be mindful of our deeds and heed this warning.

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