Who Do You Walk With?

Scripture: Proverbs 13:20, ‘He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.’

 

Observations: The word ‘walk’ in the Bible is a euphemism for ‘living.’ Who you do your life with matters, if you do life with wise people you will become wise, but if you do life with foolish people you are a fool. And this is true for everything. If you spend time with violent people you will become violent, if you spend time with lazy people you will become lazy etc. But the reverse is true also, if you spend time with kind people you will become a kinder person, if you spend time with motivated people, they will motivate you etc. This is an important truth for Christians to remember, that they need to spend the bulk of their time with people who encourage them in their Christian walk. If we want to grow to become more like Christ we need to spend time with Christ-like people. However, it’s also true that as Christians we are called to live (or walk) by the Spirit. If we keep in step with the Spirit we will grow as Christians. We can live each day with God’s word, spending time with none other than God himself.

 

Application: Firstly, are you doing life primarily with God? Do you start the day in God’s word and prayer? Do you turn to God over and over throughout your day? This who walk with God will grow wise. Secondly, are you doing life with fellow believers? Do you meet up with Christ’s body every Sunday? Do you do life with other Christians throughout the week? Those who walk with Christ-like people will grow wise. Thirdly, do you limit how much time you spend with negative people, people who don’t share your values or principles? Those who walk with fools will come to harm. Who are you doing life with?

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, the truth is that because of my sinful nature I am easily led astray by negative people. Lord, help me to discern when certain people are starting to have a negative impact on my life. Lord, help me surround myself with people who encourage me in my faith and obedience to You. Lord, fill me with Your Holy Spirit, that I might walk in step with Your will and become wise. May I live in Your presence each and every day. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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