“If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.”
Simply put we are the ones who benefit when we act and live in wisdom; and we are the ones who will suffer if we scorn wisdom. I’ve often heard people relent that they never thought it would happen to them; whatever they were going through at that moment had happened to others, but in their minds, they never saw it happening to them. Often, when I see this kind of mindset, there are many warning signs that came along the way that “it could happen”, but those warnings were not heeded. We profit for the good when we set our trust in the LORD and lean on his understanding instead of our own. When we go about our “marry” way, we turn deaf ears to sound wisdom and we are “scorning” wisdom. But we are the ones to bare the shame and blame of the suffering we do because we would not heed to wisdom’s cry in the beginning.
God prepares us through His Word; we are nourished when we depend upon Him. In the midst of trials we can be assured that God is there if we have acted in wisdom. But if we have fallen to folly and we’ve ignored the prompting of the Holy Spirit we have no one to blame but our self.
Prayer: Father, teach us to embrace wisdom; show us how to walk in wisdom so that we do not fall to ruin and shame. LORD, when we step out in our own strength, draw us back and call us away from the direction we are going. LORD, open our hearts and help us to hear you prompting us. And LORD, thank you for your Word, for the testimonies of old and for the testimonies of those you’ve placed in our lives. Thank you for this new day. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Connie Renfro ©