The Paths of the Righteous (1 of 5) by Ken Trivette

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The Paths of the Righteous (1 of 5)
Series: The Paths of the Righteous
Ken Trivette
Proverbs 2:20

Outline:
1. The Better Path That Is Accepted
a) Guided by Divine Instruction
b) Gladdened by Divine Insight
c) Guarded by Divine Involvement
2. The Bad Path That Is Avoided
a) The Darkness of the Bad Path
b) The Death of the Bad Path
3. The Blessed Path That Is Attended
a) Blessings That Are Abundant
b) Blessings That Are Abiding

1. Henry David Thoreau said, "Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence."

2. For many the great question of life is which path should I take? As Thoreau suggested, "some path" should be taken, but again, what should that path be? Is it just some path? Is it any path that we may choose to take? Should I take "some path" just for the sake of taking a path, or is there a particular path I should take in life?

3. An August 12, 1969 news article from the San Francisco Chronicle read, "The blazing summer heat of the Death Valley area has killed two men and a youth who tried to reach habitation by setting foot across the desert." Arnold Dobson, Harold Mast Sr., and his son Harold Jr., apparently became stranded in the barren Saline Valley without water. One of the three bodies was found 7 miles from their abandoned car, another 14 miles, and the last 17 miles.

4. Deputy Red Landergren said, "It looks like they just went the wrong way." It would seem that they turned in the direction toward a ranch house they had passed 30 miles back. However, just a mile the other way was a grove of willows with a spring.

5. The paths that we take are important because the paths we take have consequences. If we take the wrong path in life and go in the wrong direction it can lead to tragic consequences. If the outcome of life is determined by the paths we take, and it is, then we should take great care in choosing the right paths.

6. In Proverbs chapter two, Solomon speaks of different paths. In verses 8-20 the word "paths" is found 5 times and the word "path" is found once. There are contrasting paths described by Solomon, but the paths that I want to consider are the "paths of the righteous" (Vs. 20).

7. For a few studies I want to look at the "paths of the righteous," what they are, and where they lead. At the very beginning let me say that the path that ought to be chosen in life is the path of righteousness. All that have ever chosen this path in life will testify to the blessing and reward of this path.

8. Whereas, there are many who regret the paths they have taken in life, none who have ever chosen the paths of the righteous looked back with remorse or regret.

9. On his death-bed, Frenchman Adolphe Monod wrote "The Regrets of a Dying Man." One of the saddest of his regrets was, that he had not from the first taken the Bible plan of life, and the Bible means of reaching it.

10. One may regret not taking the paths of righteousness, but one will n ...


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