Proverbs 4:26 Ponder the path of your feet, and let your ways be established. NKJV
Ponder, do we even use that word anymore? “I was pondering yesterday and…”
What does it mean to ponder? Allow me to break it down for you; ponder – think about something carefully especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion.
I like the emoji’s and if you know me you will see that I use them a lot in my text messages. The emoji I use quite often is the thinking one, you know the one with the hand on its chin ‘err I’m thinking about this or… you should be thinking!’
We should be thinking carefully about the path of our feet, where we are going, what we are doing, think about the decisions we have to make. That path is like walking a tight rope just to keep your balance in this life, problems come and go and you have to stay in the centre, you have to build time in with the Lord and you have to stay in control of your life because if you don’t somebody else will!
However, if we think and we take time to ponder, not thinking to make a quick decision but thinking carefully, pondering, the verse above gives something away,…”and let your ways be established.”
When something is established it has existed or has been done for a long time and is generally accepted and recognised, another definition is like a plant having taken root and growing well.
The Hebrew definition is to make firm, to fix, immovable, to make stable, secure and permanent. Wow! That’s your life, that’s my life secure, rooted and growing well. What even on the tight rope of life? Yes indeed. It is possible, so think, ponder and choose well!
But have we already made a few lame decisions? I know I have made some decisions that I didn’t think carefully about and that resulted in me limping through a season in my life. And what about the things that happen to us that are out of our control which made us limp through the week, months and sometime years of our life?
Know this, it is never too late.
Hebrews 12:13 NASV says;
…and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint (dislocated), but rather be healed.
Good advice in the scripture in above, is to make a straight path so that the ‘limb’ which gave us the ‘limp’ in the first place is healed and not dislocated so that I can walk forward in ‘the peaceable fruit of righteousness’ (v11).
Progress is effort in the right direction! So don’t think you’re weird if your life is hard or assume you’ve done something drastically wrong that can’t be straightened out, because God will often show you that nothing is impossible for Him and point you in the right direction.
Ponder on that
His love & mine,