For he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. – Proverbs 2:8
In the second chapter of Proverbs, we are told of the moral benefits of wisdom. As we focus wholly on obtaining wisdom from God, we are kept from the wicked and adulterous desires within us. The wicked stray from the path of God’s light, even so far as rejoicing in their devious schemes and decisions (vv. 12-15). To follow adulterous desires and passions is to find death, and the man or woman who does so will not be able to find the path of life while walking in adultery (vv. 16-19).
One sure way to avoid walking down the path of wickedness or adultery is to search for wisdom from God with a passion, as if you were searching for silver or hidden treasure (v. 4). Not only is wisdom infinitely more valuable than these, but having a mind that is focused on this pursuit will keep you from wandering off into the paths of wickedness and adultery.
It’s easy to see this chapter as simply a morality guide, but there’s so much more in play here. Look at verses seven and eight. The Scriptures tell us that God is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, that He guards the course of the just and that He protects the way of His faithful ones. These are beautiful promises, and they should be read as such. We should also meditate upon these promises and let them sink in. The God of all creation, the God of all wisdom (vv. 5-6), chooses to protect, guard, and shield us.
Wait just a second though… if you’re anything at all like me, you are probably thinking that you’re not all that just, faithful, and blameless. You sin. You struggle. You fight against your fleshly desires every day. Sometimes it just feels like you’re taking two steps forward and one step back. Not blameless by any means.
That’s where the gospel comes flying onto the scene. Because of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, we are holy and blameless in the sight of God (Ephesians 1:4, 7). That’s when we can look upon these promises of God with new and glorious light. Even in the nitty and gritty days of our lives, where it takes so much of God’s grace for us to stay on the path of wisdom, God the Father sees us as blameless. That is truly good news.
In Christ, you are just, faithful, and blameless.
God is thus guarding your course, protecting your way, and shielding you from evil.
Father God, you are the One who has all wisdom and knowledge. From you and you alone comes the wisdom that keeps me on the path of light and life. I ask that you give me the grace to resist the schemes of the wicked and the adulterous, for it is only by your grace that I can resist. I thank you for the sacrificial death of your Son, Jesus Christ. It is because of him that you see me as just, faithful, and blameless. Help me to share this good news with my neighbors, friends, and co-workers. In Jesus’ name, amen.
– Nathan Roach