December 22

We Need Jesus to Not Be Misled

“Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.” (Proverbs 28:10)

We all make choices over the holidays, about the way we will spend our time. Many of you may be baking Christmas cookies, shopping for last minute gifts, traveling, or getting your home ready to have family stay with you. By God’s providence I am confined to a rehab bed, so my preparations are all verbal or written, and frankly, I am relieved to be restricted to such calm enjoyment of the days before Christmas. Sometimes our choices are limited or removed, depending on our circumstances, under God’s providence. However, when we read Scripture, we should be cautious about the choices we make for our focus. It is always best to take a verse or passage in context and work through different ways to approach one truth since Scripture is coherent. 

The two ideas in our passage are about the godly person being misled and the righteous person having a good inheritance. The keywords that tie these ideas together are “upright” and “blameless,” describing the person who trusts in the Lord and rejects evil. Implied in the first part is the truth that the ditch set for God’s person will not trap him or her, but instead, ensnare the one who made the pit. “The righteous…through the grace and goodness of God is preserved from it.” (1) The second part furthers the idea that “notwithstanding all [evil] efforts, they shall keep possession of their good things here, the grace of the spirit, and the blessings of grace, and shall enjoy glory hereafter.” (2) Gill continues, “The upright shall have, good things in possession; or ‘shall inherit good things’; they are heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ, and shall inherit all things; they have all good things in Christ, with him and from him now.” (3)

We have a choice to make about our focus over the next few days. Jesus Christ did not come to give us Christmas cookies, ham, lights, or material gifts. He came that we will not be misled into thinking we can save ourselves or that anything or anyone else can give us entry to the kingdom of God. We can choose to enjoy the time with our friends and family, remembering that this is not why Jesus came to earth. Focusing on his ministry will help us not to be misled in worship, quiet time devotions, and Christmas conversations. From the beginning of his ministry, Jesus proclaimed, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17) He is Emmanuel, God with us.

(1) John Gill’s Exposition on the Whole Bible, Proverbs 10:28, https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-10.html

(2) Ibid.

(3) Ibid. 

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