The Ways Of The World Sound So Good
"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1-2 "...his delight is in the law of the Lord…" He's not speaking here of the Levitical law. The word "law" here is the Hebrew word "torah," which is "teaching," or "instruction." This is the Lord's call to be separate from the world. It's a call specifically to NOT walk in the counsel of the world of the ungodly, because the Scriptures tell us that the philosophies of the world are "foolishness" (1st Corinthians 3:19) - therefore, if you are going for counsel to an "expert" in the world, then you are asking for foolishness. Those in the world have a totally different mindset. It surely will sound good, but in the end you'll see that it was foolishness. Instead, submit your problem to the Lord FIRST, and then he will show you where to go for help, and you may be surprised. The experts and counselors in the world have no use for the Word of God, in fact many scoff at it. They walk in the counsel of the ungodly, and the counsel of the scornful. None of them will give you truth because they don't KNOW the truth, they're rooted, they're steeped, in the philosophies of the world. So then, how can one be guided by truth? God is the SOURCE of truth. Jesus said, "I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life..." (John 14:6). If you truly want to be guided by truth, then turn to the Word of God. Bring your trouble to the Lord and ask him to guide you by his Word, and he will. But you have to first know his Word. "The entirety of your Word is TRUTH, and every one of your righteous judgments endures forever." Psalm 119:160 When you have made the Word of God the foundation of your life, you will be like a tree planted by the water. You will not wither because your roots will go deep and you will find success in what you do because your foundation is solid. Your help comes then, from the Lord himself. vs 3: "He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper." Not so with those rooted in the world. They're on their own, not guided by truth. Their way will come to an end. In the end, where will all the "experts" be? vs 6: "For the Lord knows the way of the righteous. But the way of the ungodly SHALL PERISH." He's not talking about evil people here. He's talking about even "nice" people - who choose the ways of the world. Turn therefore, turn away from the world and the philosophies thereof. Put your trust in the Lord. He knows the end from the beginning, he knows your past and your future, he alone knows your mind and he alone knows the depths of your heart. It is he who fashioned you, and it must be he who walks with you. But that's a choice you alone can make.