Man’s idea of what works differs greatly from God’s plan. Whether in personal life, the work of the church, or professional success, man creates all sorts of strategies. He imagines new paths to reach his goals. He lists every resource to which he might have access. God is wise, however. He knows what works, for he created us and revealed his way so that we might follow it and find joy in his wisdom. Do not be deceived, O Soul, by the intricacies and complexities of human ingenuity. Be absorbed with the simplicity of God’s plan. Be amazed at the knowledge that God shares with you. Be grateful that he has put into your hands all the keys to eternal life and to the blessings of his kingdom.
Grant us, O God, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what you would [have] us do, that the spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in your light we may see light, and in your path may not stumble; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
—William Reed Huntingdon (1838-1909), methodist.org.uk
Wrote up another 7 points for Practicing Proverbs, this time from chapter 7. I thought it might be difficult, since the chapter is on a single topic—the immoral woman—but it worked out fairly well. Here’s one of them:
Temptation paints the most desirable picture of pleasure, with no downsides or dangers, 14-20. It appeals to all the senses. Except good sense.
One of these days we’ll finish up this project. The one I shared on the FPress site was well received.
You can never backpaddle, clarify, and apologize enough to people who are out for blood. Don’t answer a fool according to his folly, Prov 26.4.
My take, today, on 10 life imperatives