My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
Our closest relationships should be with people who align with God’s plan for our lives.
Some have heard a famous saying that deals with friendships, “Tell me who you walk with and I will tell you who you are.” The point of the statement is to teach us that we often become like those who we spend time with.
Interestingly, the author of this proverb had a special burden for his son. He wanted his son’s relationships to form him into a godly man, not one who would deny the Lord.
We must be careful who our close friends are. The command in today’s verse is to not walk with those who would divert our steps. The verse never tells us that we must walk closely with those who hate our God to mold them to our piety. In fact, the clear mandate is to separate ourselves.
Just as a bad apple can ruin a sack of fresh apples, so a sinful man can shape the heart of a godly man.
Although as a believer we want to influence the world for the Lord, we must truly understand that the power of the enemy and of the world can powerfully shape us.
Who has access to your life? Do you relate more to people who love God or to people who abhor the gospel? Our best friends and closest relationships should be with people who align with God’s plan for our lives. (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)