It has been interesting how my days can fluctuate one from the other. Both in terms of activity and in my energy to navigate through my day. I think I must be the only person who can get up early drink two or three cups of coffee and then take a nap! Such as the start of my day.
BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY… “People’s own foolishness ruins their lives, but in their minds they blame the Lord.” Proverbs 19:3 (NCV)
I love the practicality of the Bible, especially the wisdom of Solomon found in Proverbs. It seems Proverbs 19 contains several thoughtful “nuggets” for consideration. What I find of interest is how human nature has changed very little, if at all over the millennia. The verse above is a perfect illustration.
I can think back on people that came to me for counsel or that I visited with as a pastor and the fruit of their lives was reflective of a lifestyle and choices made from what “they thought” was right. It reminds me of Proverbs 14:12 that I quote frequently, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”
Inevitably, individuals will make choices out of their wisdom and then blame God, sometimes out loud, for the poor condition of their life or their present struggles. What is often sad, is their ability to recognize the consequences of their own actions.
When I served in the legislature, I had a print out of Proverbs 18:17 on the bulletin board behind my desk, so lobbyists and others coming to present their view on a piece of legislation could read it. It simply says, “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.” In making laws and in making decisions about life, it is good to get as much information and perspectives as possible.
I believe I have been guilty and have seen others guilty of failing to heed the warning of Proverbs 19:2 “Enthusiasm without knowledge is not good. If you act too quickly, you might make a mistake.” This is especially true when leaders have a vision or an idea and don’t take the time to share with those they lead the information that allows them to embrace the change.
These are my random, but hopefully connected observations for today. What I want you to remember is that God’s Word addresses us at the core of our life and being. You can trust God’s Word and learn from God’s Word. When we put the Lord first and seek His wisdom and guidance it will be a source of protection for our lives. Solomon observed,
“…the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it. Eccl. 7:12 (ESV)”