Dead flies corrupt and spoil the perfumer’s oil; more weighty than wisdom or wealth is a little folly! Ecclesiastes 10:1
I am the first to admit that I love putting my life on autopilot and just cruising along. It’s easy to go to church and attend Bible study while things are going well and life is just easy. However, it is usually in the midst of those times when I think I know more than I really do and I mess up-big time. After being humbled (er...embar-rassed) I retrace my steps and low and behold - I always messed up my autopilot by saying or doing something extremely foolish. I’m sure I’m not the only one whose ‘wisdom’ has been vulnerable to corruption.
Proverbs 11:2 states that while pride is paired with disgrace, humility and wisdom are also paired. The point of many downfalls usually occurs when our own pride takes over what God is actually doing for us. Our lives are not meant to be lived on autopilot.
Paul expands, For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. Hebrews 5: 13-14
Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
We are not soulless mammals just scavenging for food — the food we should most prudently seek the ways of the Lord Galatians 5:22-23 Hosea 14:9. Once we begin to practice discernment in our daily lives, there will be no room for careless mistakes Ecclesiastes 10:8-9.
Reflect: Has your life been on autopilot lately? How can you refocus on the Lord to gain true wisdom?
Act: Begin each morning in prayer as a reminder that you are actively living for Christ every day.