Sunday, September 20, 2015

Proverbs 28:25-26 -- On Walking Wisely

"He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat.
He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered."
Proverbs 28:25-26

It's interesting to hear that trusting in our own hearts is a bad idea, since that's what popular media tells us all the time... trust our hearts, love justifies bad decisions, etc.  And, of course, if we can't trust our own hearts, we feel sort of lost, since that's really most of what we have to go on... our personal considered judgement.  I think what we have to remember here is that in terms of eternity, we're still toddlers.  And, with toddlers, all of this makes perfect sense.  If we're thinking that we're cooler than our brothers and sisters and that we should get the toys and mine mine mine and think that our decisions are more important than what our parents tell us to do... that makes sense.  At the toddler stage we haven't learned better, and we need our parents to protect us from the world until we can learn the ropes and understand enough about ourselves to make better decisions.  (Incidentally, "made fat" is a positive thing here, not a negative one.  It means God will provide for us.)  At the toddler stage, if we realize that we are there, it is also easier to be a little humble and accept God's help.  Today, let's work on that humility, and on walking wisely.  Let's realize that we need God's help in our lives, and not start thinking that we know better than he does.

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