In some recent devotionals, I have mentioned the group of friends that gather at Fitch’s IGA Store in Wilmore for morning coffee. (See: Grandpa I Need You; A Tree Full Of Owls; A Pen). NHIM Board Member Joe Hardman had been one of those ‘wise men’ that gathered around the coffee table for many years. Joe went to be with Jesus last week.
Some time ago, we were discussing a person that seems to repeatedly make the same unwise decisions. Joe commented, “Some people live and learn, and some people just live”. Someone has said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results. Some people never seem to learn from experience, as Joe says, “they just live”.
Proverbs 14:12 (NKJ) points out this truth: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death”. Only when it is too late does the deluded person discover that he is on the crowded wide way that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13). The implication is not that the person was tricked, but that he relied too heavily on his own “wisdom” rather than turning in humility to learn from the Lord.
In the Book of Lamentations, Jeremiah provides us with some sound advice: “Let’s take a good look at the way we’re living and reorder our lives under God” (Lamentations 3:40, The Message). Solomon observes in Proverbs 4:18-19 (The Message): “The ways of right-living people glow with light; the longer they live, the brighter they shine. But the road of wrongdoing gets darker and darker – travelers can’t see a thing; they fall flat on their faces.”
Prayer: Lord, please, help me to live and humbly learn from you.
I don’t want to “just live”!
~ Brother Roy