31 Days for Wisdom


Allen counseled us in his sermon last Sunday morning to take 31 days for wisdom—search out a meaningful verse from one chapter of Proverbs each day. Try it yourself. I’m already a day late—proof that I could benefit from this challenge.

Here goes...

Proverbs 1:17 "For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird."

I awoke early a few mornings ago to a loud noise. I ran it through the usual filter of possibilities.

Dump truck? No.
Neighborhood dogs? No.
Morning traffic? No.

So I was forced to get up to investigate. I peeked my head around the corner of the bedroom. And found the culprit. Two Muscovy ducks were prancing outside along the railing of the deck and had overturned a flower pot.

Guess who’ll be caught in a net soon?

This verse can mean different things, but I hear it telling me that Satan isn’t going to hand me an advance copy of his “Plans to Tempt Lisa” playbook. He wants to catch me unaware, just like Jeff will sneak up on the Muscovy pair.

What wisdom do I gain from that?

For one, keep my eyes open for the nets. And fly the other way.

Secondly, dancing on the railing with the wrong companions (literally or otherwise) is like running straight into a net; I’m sure to get caught. It's not wise; don' t do it.

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