More Like Our Master

Reading: Proverbs 6:16-19

Parents: “Hiring a Coachman” was written by Howard J. Chidley and published in 1914 in his book, Fifty-Two Story Talks to Boys and Girls. It is now out of print but available free online.

Introduction: What are the things that the Lord hates? Do you hate these things also? What are the opposite of the things in these verses? How can we learn to be the opposite of these verses?

There is a story that tells of a man who advertised for a coachman, and three men answered the advertisement. They all made a good appearance, and the man was at a loss to know which one to choose.

Finally he hit upon this scheme. There was a road near his house that ran along the edge of a precipice. The man asked each one of these coachmen in turn how close he could drive to the cliff without going over. The first said he could drive within six inches of it; the second said he could drive within two inches of it. When the third man was asked he said, “I should keep away from it as far as possible.”

The man said, “You are the coachman I want.”

The way that last coachman felt about the precipice is the way for boys and girls to feel about temptation. Some things that are wrong are like thin ice: they tempt you to see how far you can go, and the first thing you know you are in. A boy, especially, is tempted to be what is known as a “daredevil;” that is, one who is not afraid of anything. But there is nothing in it, boys. That sort of thing is not courage: it is rashness, which is just another name for foolishness.

Shakespeare once said:

“I dare do all that may become a man,
Who dares do more is none.”

The really brave boy is not the one that blusters and brags: the brave boy is usually quiet, but, as we say, “all there” when the pinch really comes.

Christ was one of the bravest men the world ever knew, and yet He told us to be afraid, actually afraid, of things that hurt our souls.

Do not see how near the fire you can go without getting scorched; don’t see how near sin you can go without getting caught. It is poor business. Take this as your motto when you are inclined to tamper with wrong: “Who
eats with the devil needs a long-handled spoon.” The farther you keep away from him, the better.

For Further Study:

  • Some people say that God is so good, He could never hate anything. But today’s reading in Proverbs shows us that there are some things God must hate. He doesn’t hate us, but He can’t accept everything we do, because then He couldn’t be a just and holy God. There are so many verses in the New Testament that tell God’s children to stay away from evil. We have to learn to hate sin just as much as God does. Read 1 Peter 1:13-19. What do these verses tell us about God’s goodness and holiness? How can we also be good and holy in God’s eyes?

 

  • God has set forth His commandments because they are good for us (Deuteronomy 10:13). Look again at the things listed in Proverbs 6:16-19. How do these things hurt us and others? Can you see the wisdom of God in hating these things? How will it protect and bless you to hate these things also?

  • God has set forth His commandments because they are good for us (Deuteronomy 10:13). Look again at the things listed in Proverbs 6:16-19. How do these things hurt us and others? Can you see the wisdom of God in hating these things? How will it protect and bless you to hate these things also?
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