By Mike Clarensau
Today's Scripture: Proverbs 30:18-20
Central Thought: Some situations are more dangerous than we realize.
Sometimes what you do not know can kill you. If you do not know how to diffuse a ticking bomb, you probably will not want to volunteer too quickly. If you are not sure whether the snake is poisonous, poking at it with a stick could be a really bad idea. And if you do not understand the circumstances around you, you may want to move slowly.
Admitting ignorance is against our nature. We find greater satisfaction in knowledge, or at least in others thinking we have knowledge. Many people have gotten themselves in trouble by pretending they were in control. 'I know what I'm doing!” is often the exclamation of one about to make a tragic choice. Stepping back and asking for help seems impossible when the line of pride has been traversed.
But there's a lot we do not understand—even more than the philosophical acknowledgements the writer of the Proverbs lists. We don't always see the snare God's enemy may have placed before us. Our sense of control can be quickly proven to be an illusion. If you play with fire, you'll get burned—even if you're wearing a fireman's hat.
Don't let your pride involve you in what you do not understand. Seek the wisdom and advice of God's Word. Let the perspective of a trusted friend help you see what you do not see. And if you do not know what you are doing, stop doing it! Humble pie will not blow up in your face.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, keep me from the dangers of my pride. Give me the wisdom to know when Satan is deceiving me. Help me to see clearly, that I might choose the safety of Your path.
Today's Bible Reading: Zechariah 2:1-3:10; Revelation 13:1b-18; Psalm 141:1-10; Proverbs 30:18-20