We are taking a break from our study in the Book of Mark and offer this daily devotional in the interim. We will resume our study of Mark after the first of the New Year.
Live and Not Fall
“He who digs a pit will fall into it, . . .” Ecclesiastes 10:8
Sometimes God is seen as so distant that we expect Him to only lead us in mysterious, otherworldly ways. As a result, we think God is out of touch, unable to understand us and care about what we are experiencing. But the exact opposite is true. For instance, in this section of Ecclesiastes, God warns of falling into pits, being bitten by snakes when breaking through walls, and the dangers of splitting wood. These were very practical and life-saving warnings.
What is exciting for us is that God is just as concerned about the things that matter to us today as He was about the problems of those who lived thousands of years ago. Obviously, God wants us to know how to live successfully by seeking, recognizing, and receiving His wisdom. At the same time, He warns us to reject the advice that comes from the raving madness of foolish men and women who are always talking but do not know where they are going or how to get there.
This is a great challenge, especially at a time when there are so many competing voices vying for our attention and loyalty. In the end, God warns that no human knows what the future holds. It is a knowledge He has reserved for Himself. But He promises that in real, every day, practical life, He will reveal His great wisdom to those who will follow Him, and that wisdom will bring success. As a result, we can know how to live and not fall into a pit or be bitten by a snake.
Are you rejecting the advice of foolish men and women and asking God to reveal His great wisdom?