Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, but a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding. Wise people store up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction. Proverbs 10:12-14
I have had many trials and setbacks. I am still in a storm, but I am steady and unmovable. I have been at my highest of joy and at my lowest in despair. The one true constant in my life is knowing that through it all, God is my source of comfort. The word of God and prayer reals me back to that place of peace and contentment. The Holy Spirit nudges me to a place of calm and for that I am grateful. With health issues, financial issues, relationship issues and the list is large, we can easily fall into a slump thus allowing the enemy to slide in and cause our thoughts and actions to run a course of dread, like a runaway train on a greasy track unable to stop, and when it does stop it’s like an explosion of two worlds colliding.
As I grow older, I am more and more cognizant of how I speak and what I think. I am learning to pick life’s battles cautiously. I am not easily moved by events and conversations. When my emotions are running high, when something did not go as I had planned, or when someone or something interferes with my plans, I lose sight and control. I can work myself into a bag, come out of that bag, go back in the bag and never realize that I was out of the bag to begin with. Mental chaos. I have grown some much and I am surprised. The word of God will do that for you if you are serious about changing your life and the course of your actions. It saddens me when I hear and read where someone is using scripture to validate their wrongness. Now don’t get me wrong, reading and meditating on the word is what we are supposed to do, but what we are not supposed to do is remain in wrongness.
I thank God that he caught me. My heart has been cracked and crushed, my spirits have been shattered. I allowed my health issues to paralyze me causing me to be unproductive in thought and action. My finances have not always been on point and still not, but I am working hard to become debt free by doubling up and I am happy to say, that it is paying off. It’s a sacrifice but well worth it. God expects us to be good stewards of all He has blessed us with.
Being obedient to God’s word requires examination. God knows our motives and if we are doing things in deceit, He knows it. Remember, nothing is hidden under the sun. It requires repentance and it requires a turning around. We must stop that which we know is not of God, we must remove ourselves from people and situations that hinder our growth spiritually and emotionally. We must repent to the Lord and ask Him to forgive us and mean that, dust ourselves off and move on and in some cases run on. We must be determined to not do that which we have had to repent for in the first place. Repeating the same things results in repeated separation from God. Read Isaiah 59.
As you go about your day think on this. If you were to die today, will you have made the right choices and said the right words? Who will be touched by your absence? Give serious thought to the roads you travel.