Good Thursday morning it’s June 10, 2021, and I pray all is well: Today’s reading and reflection will continue in Proverbs 3:1-35: Using Wisdom. So far it’s obvious of the practical wisdom we can find here in the book of wisdom. I’m ready for another morning of reflection because all roads lead to CHRIST!
Proverbs 3:1-35 Using Wisdom
Many Moons ago as a kid my brothers and I were on a fishing trip with our dad and granddaddy. Now I can’t recall all who was there that day considering how time is on memory making details blurry. But I will never forget what happened to me on this particular day. It seems my brothers and I were always getting into trouble and having a hard time listening. We ignored basic wisdom and instructions and sometimes I loved to push too hard. One day my brothers and I were messing with a huge pipe in the ground. I remember looking inside and seeing the huge red wasp nest thinking it would be cool to destroy it. Now I have no idea why I thought of destroying this nest considering how these guys were in action, mad as hell! I was told several times that day to leave the wasps and pipe alone. Well I decided to push the limits and I did, it wasn’t long when my back was full of stings and agony of pain that followed.
What happens when we forget wisdom or basic directions or even break the law. Forgetfulness or otherwise stubborn actions resulting in us turning away from what we were told was right. So it’s clear our actions do indeed have consequences. This has to be true because our system can’t function without stability. See, Christ like our elders with their wisdom is our foundation to build stability on. If we build ourselves on forgetfulness and stubborn actions our foundations will crumble resulting in pain, and agony. Seeing my pain from the wasps was my consequence of not following wise advice, instead my actions resulted in the cure I needed to wake me up.
Christ is our cure from rebellion, forgetfulness and carelessness. In him we find strength and obedience in his words. If we chose him we chose to live with love and peace and no more guilt and shame. In this passage we see how bad rebellion, forgetfulness and carelessness can do to our lives; if we chose the dark rather than the light. Our society is a direct reflection of these three sins.
Forgetfulness: Forgetting what’s right and surrendering all useful wisdom: (the beginning of rebellion)
Rebellion: What is being referred here to is a direct action to rebel against God and or your loved ones: (offspring of forgetfulness)
Carelessness: lack of empathy when you rebel I complete lack of humility you are careless in your own destructive actions. (intimidation, arrogance, dishonor)
Today in our world, the sinking ship seems to be mastering all of this evil. Our world has forgotten God, and has rebelled against him with extreme carelessness in their actions. Not only have they rebelled against God but have rebelled against everything that was once great, now what’s good is now bad. Moving forward as Christians it’s our duty to spread love and compassion for all just like Jesus. But being called to spread his love and words doesn’t mean we get complacent of the world around us; under Christ we are all called to be Watchmen! With this responsibility we are given the courage and confidence to not only do and say what’s right, but also challenge direct hypocrisy. As Christians when we challenge hypocrisy we do it through his will and wisdom and not of our own biases.
In closing we all have a purpose, a calling to use our special gifts from the LORD. It seems my calling is through my writing and reflections so I can help find the lost sheep. I was once lost but now I’m found, and was once blind but now I see (Amazing Grace). All roads lead to Christ, and all actions have consequences. Yes, God gave us all free will, but that also came with a price. “We either chose to live in the light; or chose to live in darkness. Either way all actions have consequences!” - Jared W. Campbell
“What does my wasp story indicate about today’s society and what it might be lacking?” Here is a hint that has to do with Obedience, let’s see who’s awake this morning? God Bless!
Proverbs 3:4-7: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Jared W. Campbell
US Army Retired