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Do you know the advice about walking alone in a dark alley? It’s easy. Don’t do it. I can’t say I’ve ever walked alone down a dark alley. But I have walked alone without a flashlight down a dark trail in the woods. The hair on the back of my neck stood at attention and saluted. I scanned every direction for the eyes of wild animals, but only saw moonlight and shadow. In retrospect, my fear was unfounded.
But dark alleys are another thing. Danger is far more likely in them than in the woods. We know this and avoid dark alleys to enhance our physical safety.
We should also be concerned about protecting our morals and ethics. The psalmist puts it this way in Psalms 1:1, “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.”
The wicked, sinners and mockers are all unsavory characters. Oh sure, we may laugh along with the mockers when they heap scorn on something or someone good. But they are just as dangerous as the wicked who advise us to do wrong.
So, if you want to be blessed today, don’t take advice from the ungodly, hang out with those who sin or even gather with mockers. If you wouldn’t walk alone down a dark alley, why would you hang with the wrong crowd?
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