Wandering off of the Way of Wisdom can be hazardous. In Proverbs 14 we hear warnings of beatings, loneliness, poverty, death and (perhaps worst of all) becoming an oppressor of the poor, someone who shows contempt for their Maker (Prov. 14:31). These dangers lurk in the darkness that surrounds the path.
Many of us have been exposed to resources that are designed to keep us on the Way of Wisdom. Quiet time guides, prepared prayers, Bible studies, Christian books and music form guardrails for many of us in our pursuit of a Christ-like life. These resources are good...in their place.
In high school and into college I carried one of these resources with me everywhere I went, strapped to my wrist: the infamous WWJD bracelet. My friends held me to a higher standard because I wore the bracelet and I actually went several years without sinning. Yeah, I never once wandered from the Way of Wisdom while I wore my handy-dandy WWJD bracelet. When it started smelling really bad and the white lettering took on a yellowish tinge, I removed it and...to my horror...started sinning and wandering again.
You see through that, right? Resources can help us live life as Jesus taught and modeled it, but they are not enough. We ignore them to our detriment, but they are not enough. I'd recommend using a Bible reading plan, committing God's Word to memory, and singing quality worship songs in praise to God...but this is not enough.
Resources fail. This is a tough truth. You can read your Bible every day and not live life as Jesus taught and modeled it. Does that sound crazy?
One of the main reasons folks don't want much to do with Christians is because they see us as hypocrites, people who claim a relationship to God and yet fail to live the Christ-life. We've all known those people...heck, somedays I'm those people. No, resources aren't enough.
We need more. What do we need?