Thursday, September 24, 2015

Proverbs 14:22-23 -- On Plans and Taking Action

"Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury."
Proverbs 14:22-23

Some good advice.  We make a lot of plans in life.  Sometimes big plans that never happen, but still plans, and sometimes our big plans are great.  They are all about helping the world or building God's kingdom.  And sometimes they aren't so great.  Maybe getting revenge on someone or coming up with the perfect crime.  So, the first lesson here: devise good.  Let's make positive plans rather than negative ones.  Let's not plan revenge, or crime.  Let's not find ways to disobey God without getting caught.  Let's spend our time coming up with plans that will help others and help the world, not one that help us get away with something.  In return, mercy and truth.  Nice. :)
Second lesson... work for it rather than talk about it.  I am totally not saying it is bad to dream.  It's great, and imagination is a wonderful tool that can help us in life a lot.  But when we plan something good, let's do the work to make it happen.  Let's research and figure out what it is going to take.  Let's make an outline and plan out the plot.  Let's jump in there and do what we can to make it happen, rather than just talking about it.  Penury is extreme poverty, and that's what tends to happen when all of our plans remain just plans, and we don't do something about them.  But if we are doing something, and working towards a goal, God can step in and help, and guide our direction and show us things along the way.  Really hard to get that kind of guidance when we are just standing still.

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