Proverbs 22 4-22-20

Signs of the times are all around us. What do they mean? Who can we trust? What should we do?

3 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

If only people would apply this verse to Walmart! But, seriously, folks, we are not out of the woods, yet. Caution is still the word of the day. If anyone is in the high-risk bracket, I would definitely recommend staying in for a few more weeks. The rest of us can begin to mingle some–with some common sense! Wash hands well and often, avoid shaking hands, quit greeting each other with holy kisses, cover sneezes with the crook of our arms, etc.

This verse also tends to apply well to spiritual situations. Avoiding contentious people is a great place to start! In fact, verse 10 tells us what to do, “Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.” Let’s make sure we are not the mockers!

Until Jesus calls us home or comes and gets us, there are some ways to live that would benefit us:

  1. Stay right-side-up in our debt. The best gauge is to be able to live without income for at least three months. As we have seen, we could be called to stay home indefinitely at a moment’s notice.
  2. Stay prayed-up. We were never designed to do things on our own. God created us for fellowship with Him: CONSTANT AND CONTINUOUS fellowship with Him. Jesus provided the way for us! Let’s take advantage of it.
  3. Stay read-up. The Bible is actually a prayer book. Prayer is a two-way conversation. When we read, it’s God talking to us. We respond by talking to God. THAT’S a conversation and good communication.
  4. Stay “fed-up.” A daily dose of the news will do that to a person. Even so, we need to be aware of current events both at home and abroad.
  5. Stay tied-up. Our relational ties are important, especially when it comes to family. Keep those lines of communication open and flowing.

With the volatile market, oil prices in a hole, COVID-19 on the loose, and everyone (the media) talking gloom and doom, we need to make sure our trust is in the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, the King of the universe. We don’t need to be afraid when people cry, “There’s a lion outside! We’ll be killed in the public square!” verse 13. Instead, let’s do what verses 17-19 exhort us to do:

17 Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise;
    apply your heart to what I teach,
18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart
    and have all of them ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in the Lord,
    I teach you today, even you.

Abba, our lives are Yours. Keep us safe when we need to be safe, but make us brave when Your way leads us in dangerous places. Give us faith to trust You in all times and in all situations, knowing that You are just itching to have us with You in heaven. May we all take the attitude of leaving this world in a blaze of glory rather than slipping out unnoticed. It’s all for Your glory, Lord. Amen.

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