Sunday, January 18, 2015

Choices and Consequences

It was a heated argument: “Your mind is so closed that can no one could get a new thought in there even if they used a sharp wedge.” “Oh yeah,” he replied. “You’re so open-minded that your brain can’t hold anything that makes sense!”

Each of us has developed our own particular way of thinking. Solomon placed the way we think between two intriguing words: “Simple minded and prudent.” Being “simple minded” is actually expanded in the verses that follow. It can mean anything from being overly gullible, too hot headed or arrogant, reckless, foolish or crafty. On the other hand, some people are “prudent.”

The “simple minded” are so confused that they are willing to believe anything said by anybody at any time. Whatever they hear makes sense to them and if it is a popular idea that most people embrace, it’s got to be right! They lack sound judgment for lack of clear thinking.

The “prudent person,” however, may have evil or good intentions. Evil intentions would be using knowledge in a way that is sinister, shrewd or misleading. Good intention would be using knowledge to discern the truth, understanding people, knowing what is going on, looking for opportunities and how to make good decisions.

The wisdom of a prudent person comes from “giving thought to their steps.” They carefully consider choices and consequences, weigh every option and opinion and make their decisions on wisdom they have gained from their teachers. Unfortunately, not all teachers honor God.

Prayer:  Lord, may we choose wisely those who we allow to teach us. May we “test their spirits” before we trust them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 14:15 The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.

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