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October 24, 2017, 12:00 AM

Would you say you are able to navigate through life with stability and gratitude?



Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded. The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death. Good judgment wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction. All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly. A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy brings healing. Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored. A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil. Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. PROVERBS 13:8-20

 

Solomon speaks to the influence others have on our walk with God. Contained within this single verse are both a promise and a warning that we should take seriously.  Let’s start with the promise. If you surround yourself with wise people, you will in turn become wise. Throughout the book of Proverbs, Solomon goes into great detail highlighting the differences between the wise, the fool and the scoffer. Time and time again, he highlights the benefits of pursuing wisdom. The wise are able to navigate through life with stability and gratitude. They walk with integrity. There is a consistency in their character. But, wise people rarely become wise on their own. They have friends who have the same focus and foundation. Their wisdom rubs off on one another as they pursue a common goal: reflecting Christ in their lives. They are driven by convictions.

 

On the flip side, if you surround yourself with fools, their foolishness will eventually rub off on you. When Solomon refers to someone as a fool, he isn’t saying the individual is ignorant. Rather, these individuals are indifferent to the Truth and focused on their own satisfaction. They foolishly believe they know what is best for their life. Their search for fulfillment in all the wrong things causes them to overact to their feelings and circumstances. This only leads to disappointment and regret. Gratitude is nowhere to be found. Stop and think for a moment: are these the individuals you want influencing the direction for your life? Do you want their advice and suggestions to guide your footsteps? How are they impacting your ability to be grateful?

 

Today, reflect on who you are letting into your inner circle and giving the ability to influence your heart. Who are influencing the direction of your life?  Who do you look to for wisdom and guidance? Why do you look to these individuals for words of wisdom? Would you say you are able to navigate through life with stability and gratitude?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, I thank You for the people in my life whose greatest concern is my character. Lord teach me to surround myself with people who are pursuing Your heart. Jesus help me to spur others on to experience more of You. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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