It’s Not the Way

Hosea 14:9
“Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.”

The Christian parent who tries to raise their children to walk in the old paths is often criticized for being too hard or too strict. The pastor or preacher who won’t leave the old paths for the popular ways of progressive believers and pastors is often condemned and attacked for being out-of-date and too firm and stringent to reach the modern day person. You would think that the old paths are some antiquated and hateful way of living if you listened to these new progressive preachers who are more desirous of living like the world than they are in walking in the ways of the LORD.

However, the verse above reveals that there is nothing wrong with the way of the LORD. According to the verse above, the way of the LORD is right. In other words, being right means that you followed truth, and truth never changes. If something was right for the previous generation, it is still right for the present generation. Likewise, God says that the ways of the LORD are just to those who “walk in them.” The ways of the LORD are the best way to treat people because they never change. According to the verse above, it is not the ways of the LORD that are the problem, but it is the heart of the individual that is the problem. Four valuable observations can be seen from the verse above.

First, the ways of the LORD only reveal the heart of the believer. You will notice that the ways of the LORD are the ways that the transgressor falls in. In other words, the heart is what determines whether you walk or fall in the ways of the LORD. The ways that some have lived for years that have resulted in the blessings of God are often the very excuse the fallen use to justify their sinful lifestyle. You will often find that the transgressor uses the ways of the LORD as an excuse for being “hurt” when the Scriptures reveal that the ways of the LORD reveal that the transgressor was rebellious. It is never the way of the LORD that is the problem, but it is the heart of the individual that is the problem. Stop trying to change the way of the LORD to appease the transgressor and realize that if the transgressor will come back to the way that their heart will embrace those ways.

Second, wisdom is revealed by which way you walk. The transgressor is not the wise person, but the wise person is the one who continues to walk in the ways of the LORD. You will notice that the wise person understands the way of the LORD, which means the transgressor doesn’t understand those ways. You will get God’s understanding of His ways if you will be wise enough to continue walking in them.

Third, the right way is chosen with prudence. You can’t be flippant in life and find the ways of the LORD. The ways of the LORD are not found when you are always looking for the “fun” thing to do, but they are found when you are cautious about every step that you take. Prudence causes you to be cautious to consider every step you take to be sure that your steps are in the ways of the LORD.

Fourth, the ways of the LORD will be obvious to choose if you don’t live in the moment. The quickest way to get out of God’s way and will is to live for the now. Living a principled life will make it easy to walk in the ways of the LORD because His ways are obvious to the person who lives by principles.

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