Proverbs 3:23 (Mini Sermon)Submitted by Pastor Chad Wagner on Thursday, December 12, 2019.
23. Pro 3:23 - "Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble." A. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, i. Keeping wisdom, understanding (Pro 3:13), and discretion (Pro 3:21) continually before our eyes will keep us safe in our Christian walk. a. Walk v. - II. intr. To journey, move about, esp. on foot. 2. To go from place to place; to journey, wander. 6. fig. a. Chiefly in religious use, after Bible examples: To conduct oneself, behave (ill or well, wisely or unwisely). Sometimes with reference to a metaphorical ‘path’ or ‘way’. to walk with God (Gen. v. 22), interpreted to mean ‘to lead a godly life’ (so rendered by Coverdale, after Luther; later versions retain the Heb. phrase), or to have intimate communion with God. b. Safely adv. - In a safe manner. 1. Without harm or injury occasioned or received. Often with verbs of coming, going, keeping, and the like, where the adj. might be used (see safe a. 1). ii. Wisdom will guide us in our lives and teach us to steer clear of dangerous situations and people (Pro 2:10-20). iii. After we are converted, we should have the wisdom to not walk in the old paths we used to (Eph 4:17-24; 1Pe 4:3-4). B. and thy foot shall not stumble. i. Stumble v. - 1. intr. To miss one's footing, or trip over an obstacle, in walking or running, so as to fall or be in danger of falling. ii. In other words, wisdom keeps us from falling. iii. When we are walking in wisdom, we are walking in the light of the Lord (1Jo 1:7). iv. As long as we continue to use the word of God as the light for our path (Pro 6:23) we will not stumble in the darkness (Pro 4:19) and fall into sin.