True Security You Can't Even See
Keep sound wisdom and discretion. . . . Then you will walk safely in your way. Proverbs 3:21-23
We've known couples who look to the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in their home as a testimony of security. They have been deceived into thinking that security comes from possessions and social status. But God tells us that's not great wisdom: Let not a rich man boast in his riches. Let not a strong man boast in his chariots. But let him who boasts, boast that he understands and knows God (see Jeremiah 9:23-24). God wants us to realize that riches and possessions fade away, but that He can provide true safety from harm.
Teresa and I know couples who have relied on their "immunity" against divorce because of their sexual passions, great connection, or attractiveness. They have been deceived into thinking that security comes from physical attraction or appearance. But God's wisdom says, "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting" (Proverbs 31:30). God wants us to realize that beauty and human passions will fade, but He can provide unfailing love.
The first chapter of Proverbs reminds us that the voice of wisdom calls out to us. She has an incredible promise for us: "The waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm" (verses 32-33).
God, thank You for Your offer of wisdom and the security it provides. Keep me from being simpleminded and complacent so that I may live in safety.
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