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Seeking Wisdom, Day 24 – Consistency

March 14, 2016

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” wrote  Ralph Waldo Emerson. We do not have little minds, for we are studying wisdom, and we seek to enrich our lives. In our attempt to become wise, we must decide when to forge ahead and when to let things ride, when to stick to plans and when to adjust them to the conditions ahead. It takes wisdom and the grace of God to know when to stick to your path and when to take another road.

Solomon says persistence and determination lead to success. “Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house.”(Proverbs 24:27) A little more persistence and a little more effort and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. Perhaps the most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to a job. Most of us do not have that tenacity.

What an effort it takes to remain consistent. The winds of change blow strong and will blow away the best intentions, but the godly may trip several times, we are told, and they will get up again, whereas one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked. (see Proverbs 24: 16)

The values discussed on Day 22, Soul Searching, define character, and provide a moral foundation worthy of keeping. They require persistence. We know where we are weak, and we prayerfully request the Lord to fill our cups with what we require to lead a Christian life – in my case it’s patience and humility, but I could use assistance all around. We don’t lose sight of our commitment, but seek the company of others who seem to have found the moral high-ground.

Solomon warns of following evil people, “Don’t envy evil people or desire their company.” (24:1) Evil is contagious, a cancer that feeds upon the pure in heart. God permits us to make choices, and we can question those we see falling off the cliff when their values erode, but our words will probably not be heard. The best we can do is refrain from taking their paths. “If you feel under pressure, your strength is too small.” (Proverbs 24: 12) Don’t rejoice when people fall, and don’t follow them, for evil people have no future. Let God take care of sinners.

God, grant that I do not let my convictions sway with the winds and currents of change. Stay with me in my boat, and let me be anchored with truth and wisdom.

Amen.

 

 

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