Out of all the great versus and teachings in Proverbs this one should resonate for all of us. Think back to when you were a child and you were trying to talk your parents into to letting you do something they were against. As kids, our negotiating skills left a little bit to be desired, so our best argument was, “Johnny’s parents said it was ok for him to go” and they answered with the classic line, “if Johnny parents said it was ok for him to jump off a cliff would you?” You knew that was coming, right? . . . The truth is that they were only looking out for what they thought was best for us. I
would say most of the time they were right on the money.
As we mature we become responsible for our own decisions via the free will we are granted by God and the Great County in which we live. The “them” Solomon speaks of in Pro 1:15 refers to “Sinners.” They say a man’s character is judged by the company he keeps. I think our character is greatly affected by the company we keep. If you hang out with people who use drugs there’s a good chance that one day you’ll do the same. If you associate at work with those whose ethics are not pure, then soon enough, you’ll be heading down that same path. It’s really that simple to head down that wrong path, unless, you choose the “road less traveled”. “Going along with the group” is an issue we all have faced since we were kids. It was not easy back then to say, “No, that’s not something I want to do”, and it is not any easier today, but this is exactly what Solomon urges us to do.
Do the decisions you make on a regular basis lead you to the peace that only righteousness can offer or are your decisions affected by what others might say or think?, and possibly leading you down a dark path! Pro 1:15 – my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;