Thursday, April 14 |

Proverbs 14

Here's an interesting tidbit - did you know that the Hebrew word 'Mashal' has a broader connotation than 'proverb'? The Mashal is not just a short, pithy  saying. It is a profound or mysterious utterance that possesses effective power.

On to Chapter 14....

"A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident".

Ok, it's kind of obvious that this first part means if you're wise, if you're smart, if you know what's good for ya, you'll turn around and walk away from that. Don't go there, don't do that, don't even think it, or ELSE!

But what does it mean by the fool 'rageth' and is 'confident'? The fool consistently gives way to passion and is confident that he can master any situation. Ever said 'it's ok Lord, I got this' I can handle this'? What about those times when you act out of anger, or any other passion? Any time our emotions take control of us and we act as a result of those emotions, we've acted like a fool. How can we trust our hearts to make decisions, when the Bible tells us that it is 'desperately wicked'? (Jeremiah 17:9) All things, at all times must be directed by the Lord. He made us, didn't He? Whom better to ask for advice?

Fight the good fight,


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