Let us walk in the light of the Lord!

Let us walk in the light of the Lord! A text and audio lesson by this title has been added to the Old Paths Archive in English and Dutch.



May the Lord bless you.
Roy Davison

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(#206) The Proverbs of Solomon 30:29-31-Walk the Royal Walk

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-29:27 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. Proverbs 30-31 were added and preserved by the Holy Spirit. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 30:29-31: “There are three things which are majestic in pace, Yes, four which are stately in walk: A lion, which is mighty among beasts And does not turn away from any; A greyhound, A male goat also, And a king whose troops are with him.”

Walking regally is an indication of inner confidence and fearlessness. Regality is born out of security, violence from hatred and fear. There is a reason for these four to illustrate “majestic pace” which Christians, especially, should add to their lives:

“A lion” because of strength and power. As our “adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8), so the wicked “have closed up their fat hearts; With their mouths they speak proudly. They have now surrounded us in our steps; They have set their eyes, crouching down to the earth, As a lion is eager to tear his prey, And like a young lion lurking in secret places (Psalm 17:10-12). Those who follow God should have every reason to be secure. “In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge” (Proverbs 14:26); “The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1); “But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict (1 Thessalonians 2:2). Christians must realize that we are to “abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming” (1 John 2:28).

“A greyhound” because of speed and agility. God hates “feet that are swift in running to evil” (Proverbs 6:18), but faithful followers of God, who are “swift to hear” (James 1:19), often receive help from Him quickly. “In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, For You will answer me” (Psalm 86:7); Answer me speedily, O LORD; My spirit fails! Do not hide Your face from me, Lest I be like those who go down into the pit. Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You” (Psalm 143:7-8); “For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil” (1 Peter 3:12).

“A male goat” because of place and leadership. A man was created first (1 Timothy 2:13), and should be the leader of righteousness in his home (Ephesians 5:22-24). Those who refuse this God-given responsibility are rejected by God. “For the perverse person is an abomination to the LORD, But His secret counsel is with the upright” (Proverbs 3:32).

“A king” because of trust and loyalty. “If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them” (Ecclesiastes 5:8). All government officials should take care to rule with righteousness, lest their enemies come from within.

These four illustrations give a “majestic” walk to the faithful. “You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield” (Psalm 115:11). “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Dealing With Anger

Usually when my wife and I get in a heated argument, I’ve found that the best way to deal with anger is to just simply get out of the house and go walking. Not only does it cool the fires of anger between me and my wife, it also allows both of us to think rationally about the situation, instead of using our emotions.

Additionally, walking allows me the time to not only “think” about the situation, but to also take it to the Lord in prayer, relying on His wisdom and understanding, in order to arrive at a solution to the problem.

Article on resolving problems: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2007/05/22/resolving-problems-in-human-relationships/

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One of my favorite verses about obedienc…

There are two verses about obedience in Romans 6:17-18-NKJV that are significant:

“But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”

We must obey “from the heart” that form [pattern] of doctrine that Paul preached and taught (1 Cor. 2:1-2; cf. Gal. 6:14; Philippians 3:7-10). What was the pattern? The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor. 15:1-4). We die to sin, we are buried in the watery grave of baptism, and then we rise to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:1-4).

What a beautiful picture of salvation!

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How do I rest? By taking long walks by m…

How do I rest? By taking long walks by myself. It is during these long walks, that I can best reflect on my life, my family, my priorities, and my spiritual goals in life. Some praying is in order as well. It’s also a time when I come up with some ideas for future articles.

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“What does the New Year hold” is a goo…

“What does the New Year hold” is a good question to ask. On one side it makes us wonder what positive things are to be shared and bless us. On the other side we wonder about the negative. Then I think, “What will be, will be”. There are some things I am looking forward to. I am looking forward to by brother Jim Reyna retuning home next month from his 90 day recovery period after is liver transplant. I look forward to continuing to find benevolent people and congregations to help in his financial needs. I look forward to a sister I am close to recovering from cancer. I am looking forward to the passing of a dear brother, He is close to dying of cancer that he has fought for over ten years. Presently I could get a phone call at anytime that he has passed on. I would rather know he is in the arms of the saints in heaven than for him to continue on here in his present condition. As the year unfolds I hope to be back here to relate more.


Randal, Good question: “How will I walk…


Good question: “How will I walk during the new year?” I believe I’ll try and take the advice of Paul in Ephesians 5:15-17 (ESV):

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

The Phillips translation says, “Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time, despite all the evils of these days. Don’t be vague but grasp firmly what you know to be the will of the Lord.”

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Walking in the new year

Today appears to be slower than yesterday. Christmas hangover? The new Daily Nudge, just posted for the Fellows, asks what the new year holds. They can take it personally, for the church or for their area — be it city or country. However they want to take it will still make it an interesting discussion.

From hangovers to leftovers … the Christmas leftovers are as good as they were yesterday. Sometimes leftovers are even better, like my wife’s sweet and sour carrots, after the flavors are allowed to blend.

Have been working on 1 Thes. 4:1-12. Some very interesting structural items in that pericope, like the word “walk” appearing, an inclusio no doubt, in verses 1 and 12. But there’s much more. I’m disappointed that most versions don’t translate the walk metaphor literally, I who tend to prefer the thought translation. Often, the versions are inconsistent, translating it as walk in one verse and as “live” or some other such bland idea in the other. Continue reading

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