Cart Before the Horse

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 29

Gold Nugget
Verse 25: “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.”

Commentary
Have you ever heard the old saying, “Don’t put the cart before the horse”? The saying assumes that we will on occasion get our priorities out of order. A horse will pull a cart, but a cart will not pull a horse. It’s funny if you think about it. Can’t you just see that old fool tying his horse to the back of that cart thinking he has done right? We would laugh ourselves silly. You know what else is funny? Have you ever seen a mouse tree a lion? That would be a sight worth seeing. These scenarios are both backwards and ridiculous. Such is the person who has more fear of man than of God. To put this in a perspective that may hit closer to home and be closer to the point, many people will compromise the principles taught us in scripture for fear of man. An example of this is the Christian that feels pressure to laugh at the boss’ dirty joke. Or maybe the person compromises their convictions founded in the bible to keep a spouse or avoid upsetting their children. Now that is putting the cart before the horse and treeing a lion with a mouse. It just doesn’t make sense. The one we need to be concerned about pleasing above everyone else is our Creator God. He is the one that holds our future in His hands. He can open the right doors and close the wrong ones. He is the ultimate person to be on our side. How can we put the fear or concern of others above His expectations? Today’s “gold nugget” reminds us, “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.” Stay true to the Word of God no matter what. You would be better off upsetting your boss, spouse and children before you want to compromise what God expects of you.

Prayer
Lord, I want to make sure that my priorities in who I please does not compromise or take priority over pleasing you. You have made your expectations clear in your Word. Ignorance of your Words due to neglect will not be excused on that day. Help me to learn your will from the bible and apply it to my life. Amen


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