~ Proverbs 1, 20-33
20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:
30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
The verses above describes Wisdom. Do we listen?
That wise voice inside our head tells us what we know is correct, but for some reason, we have the tendancy to turn away and choose to ignore it. We know full well that heeding to this wisdom (that is usually starring us directly in the face) will produce long-lasting, positve results. So why do we choose to ignore it?
Here’s one reason. We tend to think that our way is the best way. Is it really?
Answer: No. It is not! God’s way is the best way.
We have this tendancy to, “Go it on our own”. This way of thinking however has many pitfalls.
When you set out to do things on your own without God as your navigator, you are bound to encounter numerous setbacks. Sure, you might achieve some of the intermediate goals you seek, but if your ultimate goal is to make youself happy, nothing of this Earth will quench your thrist. You you will always be in need (you will keep searching for what you believe will make you happy. Weather you lust for money, flesh, or valuables, you will never find or have enough).
Your final destination will be of your choosing alone, not Gods. Others that think the way you do will welcome your achievments since what you achieve is what they strive to achieve for themselves. This however is self-serving at best. This adulation does nothing to quence your thirst, you will want only more of the same. Your goals will never be reached, you will seek more of the same and your original goal becomes nothing more than a never-ending quest and a fruitless path to self-destruction.
As a consquence, every road you take on this journy will be full of detours (outcomes that you didn’t count on) and roadblocks (situations where you will have to backup and change course). But for what? Temporaty happiness? In the end, this is fruitless and a waste of Gods time and energy.
However, when you include God on your journey, your detours and roadblocks will fewer and easier to navigate. You will find happiness. Remember, if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it!