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Consider Your steps Carefully
Proverbs 4:26-27 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
26 Make level the path of your feet;
then all your ways will be sure.
27 Do not turn to the right nor to the left;
turn your foot from evil.
 Or Weigh carefully; Ponder
Make level the path of your feet: The Hebrew expression make level (pā·lǎs) can mean to carefully consider, to weigh carefully, to ponder as you choose your steps carefully on the path of life.
Then all your ways will be sure: The Hebrew (kûn) be sure means to be established, to be firm, to be steadfast, to stand firm. Here the son is conforming his ways of life to the knowledge, wisdom, discernment, understanding, and insight of the father, which is evidence that he trusts (believes) the words and sayings of the father. He is committing his steps carefully, which gives him sure-footedness on the path of life.
Do not turn to the right nor to the left: The Hebrew for turn (nā·ṭā(h)) means to change direction or to deviate from a straight-line course, namely, turning or deviating off the path of life. If the son is busy being sidetracked by Satan, “the god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4), he will be lost “the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life, [which] is not from the Father but is from the world.” (1 John 2:15-17) If the son wanders carelessly, it is only a matter of time before he turns his attention to the bright lights of Satan’s world to the right or to the left, which may very well stumble him off the path of life.
Turn your foot from evil: Clearly, the son must turn his foot from anything that is contrary to the words and the sayings of the father, anything that he knows is unacceptable to the father’s standards. So, we to, like the son, avoid anything that violates the standards of the Father that we know is bad, but we also carefully consider, weigh carefully, ponder anything that we suspect might not be good for us and might harm our relationship with the Father.
The counsel is that ‘our eyes look directly forward, and our gaze is straight before us.’ If we keep our eyes fixed on the path of carrying out the Father’s will and purposes according to Scripture, we will not be enticed by the things alongside the path. As we make life-changing decisions, we must see these as possibly stepping off the path, and they must be carefully considered, as nothing but evil lies to the right and the left of the path of our Father.