Psalm 1:1 (NASB) How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
"Why do you continue to hang out with them?" My parents asked me this question repeatedly when I was hanging out with the wrong crowd. I got in trouble many times with this crowd and with each incident, my parents asked the question. Being a young guy, I wanted to be with the "in" crowd. I’m not sure if it was to be "cool" or because I felt more important. Today's verse talks about how blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked. “Wicked” not a term we used too often today. However, we get the idea that it's not a good place or person to be with. As a young man, I had to make a decision. I could keep getting in trouble or find a new group of friends. My parents’ persistence made me ask the same question of myself. Being older, I ask the same question when I find myself wanting to be with the "in" crowd. All I know is that the "in" crowd will get you IN trouble more times than not. Maybe we need to take a good look at the track record of those we associate with and ask ourselves why we continue to hang out with them?
Application:• Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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