Going Astray or Finding Mercy and Truth?

Homebuilders: I would like to post some challenges for you to use in your family devotions time. I hope these are useful.

Do they not go astray who devise evil? But mercy and truth belong to those who devise good. Proverbs 14:22

What kind of things do you think about when you have some free time? Do you think about doing something good or do you think about doing something evil? The writer of this Proverb gets right to the heart of the matter here by telling us that those who make a habit of plotting evil, trickery or harmful courses of action will go astray, or, leave the path of God’s will and their walk will no longer please Him. Those who think about the good they can do and make plans according to that thinking will show mercy and truth.

Mercy and truth… these are things that God loves. More than that, these are things that God is. God is Mercy. God is Truth. God is Mercy in that rather than giving us what we deserve because we are not perfect, he is patient and longsuffering and he gives us forgiveness instead. When we think about doing good, or “devise good” as the proverb says, we show mercy. God is Truth in that he never uses lies or tricks to get His way, unlike us. If we devise good, we will be honest people. Some people put a lot of time into devising lies, covering their sin and being dishonest. Doing that leads us astray.

This is a warning. We go astray if we devise evil. Astray—like a sheep wandering on our own course into certain danger. Astray—going a direction we choose, but ending up in a destination we never would have chosen. One preacher said this, “Sin will take you farther than you ever wanted to go, and keep you longer than you ever wanted to stay.” Astray. It starts by the plans we make and the outlook we have. Are we devising good . . . or evil? Let’s make plans for good—for mercy and truth—for this pleases God!

Questions for Kids:
1. How are two ways we can devise good?
2. How are two ways some people devise evil and how can we stay away from doing that?
3. Choose which path you want to take: One which goes astray or one which shows mercy and truth. How do we stay on that path according to this proverb?


2 Responses to “Going Astray or Finding Mercy and Truth?”

  1. 1 Will Pareja
    April 21, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    This is good stuff, PLJ. Thanks for this. You’re going to have to keep this up now that so many of us are leaving.

  2. 2 PLJ III
    April 22, 2007 at 7:53 am

    I hope it can be helpful. I think if I find a format that is at least helpful for my own family, then I can manage doing it. I will implement some of your great ideas as well.
    Will have to have some “Alumni” comments/posts from time to time, ok?

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