20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
In the Midst
I used to work in a college textbook store. It required a balance of maintaining enough stock, having trustworthy and hardworking employees, and great customer service. It also required a watchful eye to detail and an understanding of when and how to trust people.
There were always people trying to steal textbooks to sell “back” to other stores or to us from other stores. Sometimes this included employees from stores.
I had gained the reputation of catching thieves, and my store had virtually no thefts for over a year (other than a few small general merchandise items).
Not only that, for the first time in almost 40 years in the company, my store had a perfect inventory.
That caused my superiors to wonder, because the last several times there were perfect inventories, people were covering up theft.
When I became manager, I decided immediately to document everything and double-check everything. I am in no way claiming to be perfect, and I did make some mistakes from time to time. However, when my superiors came in to test me and confirm my inventory, they were impressed with my level of documentation and confirmed the numbers.
On two different sides, theft and inventory, I was being watched and judged. It was only my committment to God and His Word that helped me maintain that order.
We all live in a world that hates truth and the things of God.
If you are a Christian, you will walk a narrow path between two groups judging every step you take: those who hate Christians and those who look for any reason you might not be a Christian (some call these the legalists).
However, if you are following Jesus (the true Wisdom of God), then you will overcome these judgements against you in this world.
If you live by what God has said, you will have life abundant.
If you follow Jesus, you will inherit everlasting life.
Jesus said “everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.” (Matthew 19:29, NIV)
Lord, help us to follow You. We know it will be hard. We know it will bring troubles to us in this life. We know we can only make it with your help. Give us Your strength and wisdom to live a righteous life, holy and pleasing to You.