I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
That I may keep Your word.
I remember as a lad my mum’s disdain at the company I kept occasionally, chastising me that ” I would be lead astray” by their bad influence. Years later I found Susan and I repeating mum’s words with our own children. The truth of the matter is that this is good advice; bad company easily leads good people astray. As Christians there are many temptations in life, which if we linger in them long enough will lead us off the Narrow Way of Truth.
My Bible reading this morniing was Proverbs 1 where we find wise guidance to resist the enticements of sinners around us, and not to walk in their ways (verses 10 and 15). When reading this I was reminded of where mum had gleaned her wisdom from. This is the value of God fearing parents who share His wisdom. The above guidance sets the foundation for my chosen verse in Psalm 119, from Tuesday’s Bible reading.
It is our duty every day to “restrain our feet from every evil way,” to restrict ourselves from sinful temptations. Through such discipline we read his Word with understanding, guided by the Holy Spirit. If we surrender to sin (big or small, it does not matter…ALL sin kills!) our ability to “keep [His] Your word” is restrained. I can tell you of times when I could not make head nor tail from my Bible, it was because of unrepented sin which I then had to go and deal with immediately. Unrepented sin descends like thick clouds over the Bible you are trying to read, hiding His message from you.
Dear reader, can you see the Word of God clearly before you today – or is it hidden by a cloud? I encourage you to seek your Father God in prayer, then return to His word for you today.