Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 14
Verse 15: "The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps."
The biggest obstacle to being able to tell if you are wise or foolish is understanding that foolishness is the act of being foolish without knowing it. In our natural instinct for self-preservation we instinctively think we are on the right track. Even those with low self-esteem, often see themselves as a victim of their circumstances and that inside they are just fine. Other than a few valid disorders, our natural instinct is to love and preserve ourselves emotionally and physically. The bible says, "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)
The prudent (or wise) person mentioned in today's "gold nugget" is not so prideful and sees his "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 is that nobody lies to us more than 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".
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 well my steps instead of being subject to my flesh-centered thinking. Amen
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