Today’s Scripture: Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. Proverbs 4:14-15

Caleb and George wandered away from the picnic site. Looking for a clearing that also offered a little shade from the hot sun, the brothers found a secluded spot that fit their needs. As the boys played catch, the baseball caromed off the glove over a barbed-wire fence. “No Trespassing” and “Danger” signs were everywhere. Seeing the ball only a few feet away, the boys debated whether or not to hop the fence. As they turned to climb the fence, they heard their father calling that the food was ready. Rushing back, the hungry boys gobbled up their lunches. Caleb turned to his dad and asked, “Do you know why there is a barbed-wire fence over there? Our baseball is stuck on the other side, but there are signs that say ‘Danger’.”

Their father replied, “This park is on a Civil War battleground, and I heard they had found some landmines a few years back. Perhaps they are worried that there are more, so they fenced off the area.”

George turned to his father, “I’m glad you called us to eat. We were thinking about hopping the fence in order to get the ball back.”

The dad looked at his sons and said, “When there are signs that say ‘Danger’, there is usually a good reason for it. I’m glad you didn’t get hurt, but use this as a warning to avoid doing something foolish in the future.”

Just as the fence and signs were there to protect the public, God warns us of things that will destroy us. He has made Himself very clear about what is right and wrong, and we need to heed His warnings. In Proverbs 4:15, God tells us four times to avoid the path of the wicked. When we disobey, we are putting ourselves in danger.

God’s Word is clear. God has placed a giant “Do Not Enter” sign above the path of the wicked. If we take heed to what He has said, we will be blessed, but if we are foolish and ignore the warnings, we will be destroyed. Let’s make sure to stay on the right path. If we do, we will be safe from spiritual “landmines.”

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.