Just about three weeks ago, a teen from our neighborhood was shot with a .45...right in the hinder parts. The bullet entered one side of his body, traveled completely through to the other side, and then curved around his hip and came to rest in the front of his thigh. Amazingly, the bullet only damaged muscle and fatty tissue. No bones and no vital organs were touched, although the doctor solemnly warned him that he came within one centimeter of having a colostomy.
But the real tale to be told is how this dangerous event came to pass. Contrary to his mother's instructions, this young man sneaked out of his house in order to go to a party. A police officer stopped him and his friends as they were walking to the party, warning them that it was close to curfew. They lied to him, told him that they were on their way home, and promptly proceeded directly to the party. While there, with the liquor flowing freely, a gang of teens arrived outside the party house. Immediately an argument ensued, and some of the teens from the party ran inside talking about getting the guns. This scared the young man, and he tried to flee the scene with a friend. But as he left the house, the gang outside thought he was one of the group they were fighting with, and they opened fire. He escaped with his life - barely.
Proverbs 3:7-8 says, "Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your navel and drink to your bones." Thinking he knew more than both his mother and the policeman nearly cost this young man his life.
But the point of the text we will consider this Lord's Day is bigger than, "Listen to your parents," although that is certainly part of it. It is ultimately pointing to a relationship with the Lord. What is the way to life, to real life and true joy?
Join us this Lord's Day as we resume our consideration of Proverbs 3:1-12 and see the blessings that flow from trusting, fearing, and honoring the Lord.
O Worship the King (#46)
Call Jehovah Thy Salvation (#499)
Be Still My Soul (#500)
Take My Life, and Let It Be (#560)
Old Testament: Numbers 1:1-27; Psalm 130
New Testament: Luke 17:20-37
Worship, Wisdom, and Work Series: In All Your Ways Know Him - Proverbs 3:5-10