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Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 14

Gold Nugget
Verse 15: "The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps."

Commentary
The biggest obstacle to being able to tell if you are wise or foolish is understanding that foolishness is the act of being foolish unaware. In our nature for self-preservation we instinctively preserve all aspects of who we are, whether physical or emotional. We wish to preserve our image and pride. We think positive things concerning ourselves. Even those with low self-esteem, often see themselves as a victim of their circumstances and that inside themselves they are just fine. Other than some valid disorders, our natural instinct is to love and preserve ourselves emotionally and physically. "For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church." (Ephesians 5:29) It's in us naturally to love ourselves, but not everything in our nature is appropriate. “For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud..." (2 Timothy 3:2a) Now that we see we have a natural sense of self-preservation we can see why the foolish will not see themselves as foolish. They cannot see themselves any other way and have therefore, condemned themselves to the prison of their own folly. The prudent (or wise) person mentioned in today's "gold nugget" is not so prideful and actually sees "self-preservation" as being directly tied to him being able to see past his pride and consider more than his natural instincts. "...he considers well his steps." The simple believe every word, even their own perceptions. If there is one thing we have learned as a creation, it’s that nobody lies to us more than we lie to ourselves. Consider that and grow a healthy distrust for your natural instincts to see yourself as more than is appropriate. Be wise and "considers well your steps".

Prayer
Lord, I know that my biggest enemy is often my own flesh. Flesh that is comprised of selfishness and pride. Help me to remember that my natural man is not subject to righteousness and humility and that I need to consider my steps instead of being subject to my flesh-centered thinking. Amen



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