Monday, July 1, 2019

"Get Readies"

At first it seemed as though it was an insult. But the longer I thought about it, the more sense it made, and I finally accepted it as a compliment.\“One thing about you, Guido,” he said, “is that you go through several ‘get readies’ before you do anything. First you ‘get ready,’ then after you study your ‘get ready,’ you usually ‘get ready’ all over again to make sure your plans are complete. One thing is certain, your ‘get readies’ eliminate, not all, but many mistakes.”
Sometime later I realized that Solomon had something in mind that was similar to my “get readies.” Hear this important bit of wisdom: “It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.” The important point in this Proverb, however, is not about worldly knowledge alone, but how and what does God’s Word say about what we may be planning to do.
To do “something” that may bring us notoriety or success in the eyes of the world may eventually cause our downfall. Perhaps our destruction or death. It is a great tragedy to be uninformed if, when we do something, it is contrary to God’s will or interests. If our plans are deceitful and our goals purely selfish, if we are only doing what we are doing to glorify ourselves and not God, we have a serious problem. We cannot expect God to bless us or what we want to do if it is not in agreement with His Word or way. Imagine praying: “God bless me for being a liar.”
Basic to honoring God is being open and honest in everything we do. If we use deceit to sell a product or idea or provide an item that does not meet God’s or man’s standards, we are dishonoring God and cannot expect His blessings on our work or ways. To profess to know God and not honor Him is very dangerous and causes serious consequences.
Whatever we do must always be consistent with knowledge found in and established on God’s Word. Anything less than that misses His way.
Prayer: Lord, guard us against doing anything that is contrary to Your will. May we honor You constantly in all our words and our ways and glorify You in everything. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 19:2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way. 

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