Wisdom demands that we take action
One of the core items that struck me with today’s reading is the need for us to take action. There are several verses that would indicate we need to take action. From seeking wise guidance to getting your work ready or preparing for your work in the fields before you build your house, we are to be doers. Another core idea is getting and using wisdom. You will also notice that the doing is not to be without planning, guidance, and wisdom. Wisdom provides hope for the future, it tastes sweet like honey for those who find it. Wisdom also provides the guidance needed to wage any war and find victory. We all have our wars, including the wars against procrastination, addiction, laziness, complacency. Wisdom can provide us with motivation to get going and start doing. And the real test of doing comes in verses 11 and 12. We are called to not just see things happen, but to step in where we can and help. The ESV puts it this way:
11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death;hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.12If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,and will he not repay man according to his work?
This reminds me that someone is always watching, if not man, then for sure God sees all we do and don’t do, including our heart’s motivations. Accountability hurts so good, it lets me know my good deeds and motivations are seen and recognized, and on the other side, it reminds me that I need to allow God’s light to shine into the dark areas of my heart. It also reminds me there are several things I need to take action on today. Catch you tomorrow.