Proverbs 19:25

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by: FCC Staff

01/04/2021

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Today's proverb is certainly an interesting turn of phrase. No, it is not giving us carte blanche to run around smacking people upside the head when we disagree with them. It is the comparison of two ways to learn. Basically, it's the foolish way, or the wise way.

We have all been in a position to learn from our mistakes. We face the negative natural consequences for our sins. Some people would even say failure is the best teacher. Not, so, the wisdom and counsel of God is the best teacher. We can do things the easy way, to accept the reproach of scripture and gain knowledge, or be foolish and do things our own way and reap the consequences.

In a lot of ways, this is Wisdom saying, "We can do this the easy way, or the hard way, it's up to you." Sometimes, we are unclear as to the "why" of a command of God's we find in scripture. We can be wise, and accept that the designer of the universe knows best how to live within His creation. Or we can set aside the counsel of scripture and follow our own path, and... find out that God REALLY does know best, after we get that "smack upside the head" for our ignorance.

Adam and Eve certainly thought that experience was the best teacher. We are all living in a broken world because of that choice, and the choices we all make when we defy the will of God. Eventually we will break. The consequences of sin will be too great to bear and we will learn to be more prudent in our actions.

Or we can forgo the pain and disappointment of sin, and simply trust God. So today, let's be wise and choose to gain more knowledge from scripture instead of learning things the hard way. God loves us, and we can trust Him, when he says, He knows best.

Prayer for Today

Father, thank you so much for the wisdom of your Word. Jesus, show me today how to live out the will of your Father that I may grow in godly knowledge. Leard me away from temptation and deliver me from the snares and schemes of the evil one. By your Holy Spirit affirm for me today the wisdom of your Word, that I may live in peace with you and with my fellow man. Amen. 

Today's proverb is certainly an interesting turn of phrase. No, it is not giving us carte blanche to run around smacking people upside the head when we disagree with them. It is the comparison of two ways to learn. Basically, it's the foolish way, or the wise way.

We have all been in a position to learn from our mistakes. We face the negative natural consequences for our sins. Some people would even say failure is the best teacher. Not, so, the wisdom and counsel of God is the best teacher. We can do things the easy way, to accept the reproach of scripture and gain knowledge, or be foolish and do things our own way and reap the consequences.

In a lot of ways, this is Wisdom saying, "We can do this the easy way, or the hard way, it's up to you." Sometimes, we are unclear as to the "why" of a command of God's we find in scripture. We can be wise, and accept that the designer of the universe knows best how to live within His creation. Or we can set aside the counsel of scripture and follow our own path, and... find out that God REALLY does know best, after we get that "smack upside the head" for our ignorance.

Adam and Eve certainly thought that experience was the best teacher. We are all living in a broken world because of that choice, and the choices we all make when we defy the will of God. Eventually we will break. The consequences of sin will be too great to bear and we will learn to be more prudent in our actions.

Or we can forgo the pain and disappointment of sin, and simply trust God. So today, let's be wise and choose to gain more knowledge from scripture instead of learning things the hard way. God loves us, and we can trust Him, when he says, He knows best.

Prayer for Today

Father, thank you so much for the wisdom of your Word. Jesus, show me today how to live out the will of your Father that I may grow in godly knowledge. Leard me away from temptation and deliver me from the snares and schemes of the evil one. By your Holy Spirit affirm for me today the wisdom of your Word, that I may live in peace with you and with my fellow man. Amen. 
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