I don’t believe in the pseudo-verse: “God helps those who help themselves.” I believe that God gives us brains and a book full of wisdom so that we can use them to make good decisions and not feel entitled to anything. What assumptions are you making about life?
1 Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.
23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds;
24 for riches do not endure forever,
and a crown is not secure for all generations.
25 When the hay is removed and new growth appears
and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
26 the lambs will provide you with clothing,
and the goats with the price of a field.
27 You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family
and to nourish your female servants.
Proverbs 27:1, 23-27
Think you have it under control? Expecting smooth sailing? Taking it for granted? Well, Proverbs has some news for you. Don’t boast about tomorrow. You don’t know what a day may bring. Or not bring.
We live in a world in which tragedy seems to strike without regard or respect for who we are and what we think we deserve. Whether terror or illness or stock market crises, things are often not what we expect.
We don’t know what any day will bring.
In this proverb, a suggestion from Solomon is to evaluate your circumstances. Don’t assume. Back in the day, the wise ones would check the condition of the flocks. Pay attention to your herds. Or your business. Or your finances. Or your job.
Take steps to prepare for the rainy day.
I don’t believe in the pseudo-verse that says, “God helps those who help themselves.” I do believe, however, that God gives us brains and a book full of wisdom so that we can use them to make good decisions and not feel entitled to anything.
The presence and love of God in our lives is not a guarantee against job-loss, struggle, or poverty. To think that we can boast and expect that we’ll be fine, and then not do our part is asking for trouble.
What areas of your life could use some assessment to make sure you know your condition and are giving careful attention?