Saturday, January 10, 2015

This week's lesson (January 10-16): a matter of life and death

"Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD, since they would not accept [Wisdom's] advice and spurned [Wisdom's] rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to [Wisdom] will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm." -- Proverbs 1:29-33, NIV
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
  • That bloody shoot-out in Proverbs 1:18f? Started with an easy way to get rich quick.
  • The bankruptcy in Proverbs 6:9ff? Began with the understandable desire to sleep in.
  • And when he dropped by the neighbor's house in Proverbs 7, he didn't know this would lead to murder . . .  
But none of us can predict the outcome of our actions -- and that's especially true when we're the victims of greed, sloth, or lust.

No, these things guarantee wishful thinking.

Wishful thinking usually ends in disaster.

And while a disaster is no fun for the person who is to blame, it does give the rest of us a chance to learn from their mistakes.

That's the purpose of Proverbs 5-7. In a sense, it's a series of accident reports -- reports that document what can go wrong when somebody stops asking, "What can go wrong?"

You see, anything can seem like a good idea at the time.

But in Proverbs, you learn if it will seem like a good idea next time.

1 comment:

Ansku said...

I'm so happy you are blogging these Bible studies. Thank you.