Many people seek to find purpose and happiness in things other than in God. Because of that, Psalm 1 portrays a contrast between what God intends life to be and how it often becomes due to our pride, selfishness, and sin. The cry of wisdom is to discover the contrast of righteousness and ungodliness. Notice the progression of posture in Psalm 1 as we move from walking, to standing, to sitting, and to wallowing in sin.
Psalm 1:1 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers”
This describes a slippery slope that every person stand the risk of living. Any convicted felon would describe the progression of small decisions that led him to a place he never intended to be. There is a dangerous slippery slope of sin that we must all be guarded against in our life. Blessed is the man who intentionally establishes some boundaries in his life and who doesn’t walk, stand, or sit with the unGodly.
Perhaps you look at your life and realize that you are in a position or place that you never intended to be. I can assure you that there is hope for you. Andy Stanley gives great insight in his study called, “The Best Question Ever”. His counsel suggests that we often ask the wrong question as to is something right or wrong. Perhaps the better question to ask is “what is the wise thing to do”.
Perhaps if we can learn to effectively discern what is wise we can prevent the progression of walking, standing, and sitting in unrighteousness. I challenge you today to practice asking the right question and discern wisdom in regard to our relationships, career, and life. Wisdom is the key to avoid pitfalls and failures.