The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools. - Proverbs 3:25 NKJV
Nothing shapes our character and guides our behavior like the Word of God. Here is more from “A Day in the Life” of a man guided by the Book of Proverbs.
As he backs out of the driveway, his tire accidently rolls over some of the neighbor’s manicured grass. His fanatic neighbor sees this and runs out yelling. Our guy is tempted to answer fire with fire . . . until he remembers: “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (15:1). So he humbly apologizes and defuses the situation.
As he drives off, he sees the dog across the street eating his own vomit. It reminds him of a fool: “As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly” (26:11).
He steps on the gas as he is running late for work . . . until he remembers: “he sins who hastens with his feet” (19:2). So he eases up.
At work his manager asks him to do a task that is not in his job description. His impulse is to resist . . . until he remembers: “The wise in heart will receive commands” (10:8). He then cheerfully follows the directive.
He is tempted to shortchange a client so his company makes more money—and his bonus is padded . . . until he remembers: “A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is His delight” (11:1). He then handles the contract with integrity.
He is tempted to lust . . . until he remembers: “Drink water from your own cistern, and running water from your own well. . . . Let your fountain be blessed and rejoice with the wife of your youth” (5:15-18). Temptation overcome!
More “random challenges” tomorrow!
Cottonwood Community Church
Grand Forks, North Dakota
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