King Solomon penned the Book of Proverbs under the inspiration of God. It is known as the Book of Wisdom. In Proverbs, God’s wisdom is personified as Lady Wisdom and is contrasted with Lady Folly, the world’s brand of “wisdom.” Let’s take a look at Proverbs 4:1-13:
1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
pay attention and gain understanding.
2 I give you sound learning,
so do not forsake my teaching.
3 For I too was a son to my father,
still tender, and cherished by my mother.
4 Then he taught me, and he said to me,
“Take hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands, and you will live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown.”
10 Listen, my son, accept what I say,
and the years of your life will be many.
11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.
As I read through these verses I see a very clear precept that God is teaching me about what it means to walk His way. Will you agree with me that we cannot walk in the way of God and in the way of the world? Just like I cannot step outside my door and walk to the right and to the left simultaneously, I cannot walk God’s way and the world’s way – I have to choose. Several verses come to mind as I ponder what it really means to walk God’s way versus the world’s way, one of which is, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
Why is this important to you and to me? Why am I taking the time right now to write about this in the Journey? Because Proverbs 4:12-13 is the Key Bible Verse for our Vacation Bible School, Walk This Way! At VBS children will learn to LISTEN to God, TALK to God, and even SHARE THEIR FAITH about God – all of which means WALKing with God! The VBS theme, Walk This Way, I believe is the core of discipleship! “Walk” is an action word, a verb, and discipleship is happening when we are actively walking with the Lord. In Ross’ sermon series entitled Follow Me, he asked, “As you follow the Lord Jesus Christ, your Rabbi, are you covered in the dust of His feet?” Following God and walking in His way are tantamount! When I teach the kids about wisdom I often define it as knowledge in action! I love this precept – walking – actively pursuing Him and taking up my cross and following Him.
For the week of VBS (June 27 – July 1) we will be looking at the life of Paul and how he once walked according to the world’s way but in a divine encounter with the Lord, he changed the direction of his life and began walking God’s way! We have the incredible opportunity to teach the children of the Highland Lakes Community, how to WALK with God. If you want to make an impact in the life of a child and serve on our VBS Team, then please contact me – I would LOVE to share this vision with you and I know you will be a blessing to our team. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.