Today’s Scripture: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20

A young man called his parents just before the end of the year. He asked his father, “Hey dad, did you make any resolutions for the new year?”

His father replied, “I did. I resolved to treat your mother like a princess all year long.”

The young man was impressed by that but was not too sure that it would happen. A few weeks later he was talking to his mother and asked her if she had made any new year’s resolutions. “Yes, I did,” she replied. “I resolved to make sure your father keeps his resolution!”

In Psalm 1:1, we have learned what we shouldn’t do. One person put it this way – “Happy is the man who when choosing his friends, avoids the enticements of the wicked, the company of the wrongdoer, the corrosive influence of the cynical, taking pleasure instead in every revelation of the mind and will of God, feeding his mind on the Divine Word.”

So, we should not be in company with those who are against God, those who live ungodly or are vehementlyopposing God. We should not keep company with the skeptics and cynics of the world. I’m not saying we shouldn’t try to influence them for the Lord, but they shouldn’t be our best friends because the influence is going to be the opposite. We will not help them as much as they will hurt us. If you do it for the sake of winning them for the Lord, it is good but remember that they can easily damage you. Instead of walking with the ungodly, we should walk with the Lord.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.