The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his life. (Proverbs 16:17)
At breakneck pace, people are completely exhausted by the end of the day. The next day, they get up and do the same things all over again. In all of this harried activity, people find little or no time for God, because they have not made Him a part of their lives.
By contrast, the writer of Proverbs refers to the “highway of the upright.” These are people who put the Lord first and devote themselves to spending time with Him in prayer, meditation and study. They acknowledge that God is in charge of their days; in a measured pace, they make Him a part of everything they do. It is a highway that leads them away from evil and sin, so they can walk uprightly before God. It preserves their soul in the path of righteousness. Isaiah described it as a highway of holiness, where the redeemed of the Lord walk and evil-minded people will not travel. (Isaiah 35:8)
In our high-speed world, it is important that we deliberately slow down and become intentional in our commitment and commune with God. The psalmist talks about waiting on the Lord (Psalm 40:1 and 130:5), in the sense of resting in His presence and depending on His promises. The Lord says, “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
Unless we slow down our busy lives, we will never develop a close relationship with Him, and we will miss hearing Him when He speaks. We must plan our days to include time with God, who sustains us through the rush hours of life. We should honor Him for the gift of salvation we received through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. It is only through knowing Him deeply that we can experience peace and security in a world racing toward oblivion.