Staying Out of Trouble
by Jim Hughes
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers. (Psalm 1:1 NLT)
If you are following the advice of the wicked, you are in trouble. The wicked are up to no good, always. It is what they do because that is all they know. The wicked in heart do not know the truth because their eyes are encased in darkness, and they can’t see the light. Be careful who you turn to for advice.
If you are standing around with sinners, you are in trouble. It is never good to just be standing around. Idleness is the devil’s workshop. We need to be busy, working out our salvation. If you are just standing around, taking in the scenery, you are an easy target. Satan has the most trouble with those on the move. Don’t stand around, and certainly don’t do it with sinners. Hanging around doing nothing with sinners can only lead you away from God. You will be far more apt to listen to their plea for your companionship in their sin and do it.
If you join in with scoffers, you are in trouble. Scoffers are those who do not value the things of God. They reject what God says or stands for. They make light of eternity and spurn the truth. They not only make light of God, but they also look down on those who do stand up for truth. Scoffers are everywhere. They are in the political arena, sports, business world, and the church. They are often very persuasive, subtle, and convincing. Wise is he who stays alert and recognizes the scoffers around him. Have nothing to do with them, for they will lead you away from God.
Be aware of who you let into your life and influence you. Be diligent and protect your soul so that you don’t get sucked into a way of life that draws you away from God. Stand up against those who try to entice you into sin. There is great joy in those who do not let themselves become entangled with sin.
About the Author
I am a retired pastor having served the church mainly as a bi-vocational pastor for over 40 years. I have been married for over 40 years and we have two married children and a single son. I have an online ministry, posting daily devotionals and tweeting on faith and marriage.
I have authored a series of devotional books covering every book of the Bible and several marriage books.
Readers can visit my webpage. I tweet at 4248 and I post devotionals at my blog and on Facebook. You can read Jim’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 4th Sunday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.