WE DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THIS
Heavenly Father, I need Your guidance as I make decisions, set priorities and go about my daily activities.
Read PROVERBS 24:1–34
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
We need to remember that almost all of the proverbs can be related to life—not only to the lives of the Bible characters but to our own lives.
As I write these notes, technology brings to my very desk, to my computer, with unprecedented and shocking vividness, pictures of the horrors being perpetuated around the world. Verse 11 says, “Rescue those being hauled off to (extra-judicial) execution” (my words). Verse 12 says it is no excuse to say, “Look, we didn’t know.” Thus the Bible, as it so often does, suddenly arrests and addresses me with unparalleled directness and urges me to do something. A year hence, when we read these notes, our attention and our responsiveness to another humanitarian crisis is being observed by the Weigher of hearts (12), the Keeper of our lives.
After noting another series of prohibitions (“Do not…”), I pay attention to the warnings against fret and envy, observing the tongue-tied idiot, the mischief-maker, the scoffer, the plotter—and their futurelessness (20). I spend most of my time, however, focusing on wisdom: the house, the honey, the hope. I focus on the verbs describing wisdom at work: wisdom is so much more than intellectual cleverness; by becoming wise I am strengthening myself for the day of crisis (10); what “rare and beautiful treasures” (4) does my heart contain?
There are also times of strife and struggle (6), days when public wisdom is needed (7). I need to develop resilience (16), and there are also days of wonderful sweetness (13). By my energetic, resourceful and persevering wisdom-gaining I come to “know… there is a future hope” (14) and develop my get-up-ability. I conclude my meditation by returning to the one who, above all, knows my deepest desires and longings and disappointments and desperations and whose plans for me are “what perfect wisdom suggests to infinite love” (Austin Farrer).
Which of these proverbs speaks to you and why? What is your plan of action to actualize these learned truths in your life?
Gracious Lord, I thank You for words of wisdom from Your Word. Show me ways I can embrace their wisdom in my daily life.
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