Avoid Wide Gate And Broad Way
‘An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,. Proverbs 6:18’
God is watching your heart and your feet. How well are you ruling your thoughts? He will hold you accountable for them in this life and the next. He hates the wicked imaginations and fantasies of your foolish heart. How well are you restraining and guiding your feet? He hates hasty and impulsive sinners who rush from sin to sin.
Contrary to popular opinion, hate is good. God hates seven sins and sinners, as the context clearly shows (Pr 6:16-19). God hates the foolish workers of iniquity (Ps 5:5); He hates lovers of violence (Ps 11:5); He will declare soon that He never knew them – He never had any affection for them (Matt 7:23). David also hated them (Ps 139:21-22). Two of the sins and sinners that God hates are listed in this proverb. Reader, are you guilty?
You cannot hide from Jehovah’s all-seeing eyes (Pr 15:3; Ps 11:4). The Creator God sees and ponders all you do (Pr 5:21; Jer 17:10). In His holy sight, foolish thoughts are sin (Pr 24:9; Ezek 14:4; Matt 5:28). He can divide between your soul and spirit, and every thought and intent of your heart is naked before Him (Heb 4:12-14). He sees where you go and what you do, no matter how well you hide from others (Job 34:21; Ps 139:1-6).
What is a heart that devises wicked imaginations? It is a heart that forms sinful thoughts from lustful affections and emotions. God described Noah’s generation with such words (Gen 6:5). Do you allow lusts of your heart to form sinful ideas and thoughts? This is how sin gets started (Jas 1:13-16). You must guard and rule your heart (Pr 4:23).
Do you have sexual fantasies (Pr 6:25; Job 31:1)? Do you surmise evil about others (I Tim 6:3-5)? Do you hold grudges (Lev 19:18; Matt 18:35)? Are you puffed up about yourself (Col 2:18)? Do you envy the advantages of others (Jas 3:14-16)? Do you hate anyone in your heart (Lev 19:17)? Do you curse rulers under your breath (Ec 10:20)?
What are feet that are swift in running to mischief? They describe a man who is hasty and impulsive to sin (Pr 1:16). He has a greedy desire for it; for he not only lacks conscience and restraint, but he also lasciviously craves sin (Eph 4:19). Revenge is sweet to him, and he races to exact vengeance. He is often in trouble, as he speedily goes from sin to sin.
If you have a temper, it is your duty to rule it, or your quick anger will offend God (Pr 14:29; 16:32; Jas 1:19-21). Stay away from angry persons, for they will lead you to sin (Pr 22:24-25; 29:22). Are you cautious and slow in dealings, or do you rush impetuously ahead (Pr 19:2,11; 22:3)? If you sinned in the past, then turn, run away, and stay away!
The all-seeing eyes of Jehovah are looking for faithful men, for He will put forth His might to bless them (II Chr 16:9; Ps 34:11-16). Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life (Pr 4:23). Love the true God with all your heart (Deut 6:4-5). Keep your feet in the way of understanding (Pr 21:19). Do not go near the strange woman (Pr 5:8). Avoid the wide gate and broad way that leads to destruction (Matt 7:13).