Good morning <3
I am in the book of Proverbs now as my readings continue through the Chronological Bible.
This version of Scripture lumps the sayings of Solomon and such into themes and one of the sections today was on “rashness.”
It addresses the folly of rushing into a setting and airing opinions and assessments without the recommended counting to ten…or a hundred…or a thousand.
Well, actually it recommends more taking our rants and vents to God FIRST before we march into the boardroom or the kitchen or the committee meeting and sound off about what we see as needing correction.
I think we see this attitude prevailing from our media, both social and news related, more and more.
A kind of in-your-face confrontational approach to calling out what is perceived as unrighteousness.
And have mercy…often it is not based on a standard of truth, but rather on some popular opinion or movement.
As Christ-followers, we can see this so clearly in worldly settings, but are we as sensitive to it within the Body of Christ?
When something is being done within the context of our church and church family, are we acting more like the world as we seek to confront it? (And I am NOT talking about issues of blatant sin and wrong-doing that can happen within a church, so don’t take your mind down that rabbit trail!)
Are we responding with a Holy Spirit-led/Holy Spirit-filled speaking out? Or with an almost arrogant plowing down of anyone and everyone who does not agree with us approach?
Let’s look at Proverbs for a minute..
What you have seen with your eyes do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame? Proverbs 25:8
This one speaks to me of how we can see things that look like wrong-doing, but we may not have all the information and facts. Sometimes we are jumping to conclusions and if we do not pause a moment to take in the whole picture, the truth revealed once we have pressed our pre-determined verdict on someone or some situation could prove rather embarrassing.
A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless. Proverbs 14:16,17
Here we see two characteristics of a wise person. This one fears the LORD and steers clear of evil.
It’s both of these which allow the wise person to recognize something that looks to be wrong, and yet turns to the sovereignty of the LORD first before reacting.
If we confront wrong-doing with a knee-jerk reaction we will basically be acting like a…well…a jerk.
A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense. Proverbs 19:11
This one reminds me that when I get hot and bothered about something, it is wise to take it to the Lord first in prayer and conversation.
Key word being conversation, because as I talk to Him about what is troubling me in a situation; I also need to listen to His side.
Because sometimes it is not so much an offense to His Righteousness that is the issue.
Often, as I bring my complaint before Him, I realize it is, in fact, my own indignation over what I perceive to be the violation of my “rights” in a situation that has me riled up.
In our town, we have an intersection that is currently holding the record for accidents due to people running red lights.
A dear friend of ours just recently, thanks be to God, escaped unharmed physically from such an incident…yet his truck, not so much.
But many other intersections here in town are competing to become #1, as drivers increasingly seem to consider a yellow light as an indicator to rev the engine and barrel on through.
Other cars follow suit and the results can be devastating.
We, who follow the teachings of Jesus Christ,do not want to be…physically, emotionally or spiritually…like those who see a warning as an invitation to blast forward.
We want to see the warning signs of wrong-doing as God’s discernment kicking in and use these as opportunities to slow down, get serious in prayer…and then proceed with His leading.
Be blessed today.
Be pro-active to seek wise decisions at all the intersections you will face today.
Remember always…you are loved and led and held by GRACE <3