Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
Psalm 1:1 (NLT)
God wants us to be blessed (happy or joyful). When we choose to be different from the world we will discover that even though the world promises happiness, it can only be found when we follow God. To really thrive, we have to be different from what the world says.
Our friends influence us even if we don’t realize it. The more time we spend with people, the more we talk, act, and think like them. That is why it is so important to be careful who we hang out with. Now, we need to remember that God doesn’t look at us based upon whether we are boys or girls, or what color we are, or where we are from, or what language we speak, or how much money we have. God cares about the things in our hearts, not what we look like on the outside.
Verse one tells us THREE things that we should NEVER do if we want to stay on the path that leads to God.
Follow The Advice Of The Wicked
Have you ever gotten any bad advice? What was it? Did you take it or ignore it? If you did take it, what happened?
Stand Around With Sinners
Have you ever been in a place where people were doing bad things? How did it make you feel? Did you do the same things they were doing?
Join In With The Mockers
Have you ever heard people saying bad things about God? How did it make you feel? Did you say anything?