Matthew 20:17-34; Numbers 15-16; Ecclesiastes 9:13-10:20
We’ve all seen those types of movies. The good guys are under attack and the leader organizes them. A defensive plan is created. A perimeter is set up. One person messes it all up by tripping over the warning system or going outside for a breath of fresh air and all the preparation goes for naught. Solomon never saw those movies, but he may have seen things happen in real life. “Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one incompetent person destroys much good.” (Ecclesiastes 9:18) What I find in my life is that even when I show wisdom in developing plans under God’s guidance, I’m the incompetent person who messes things up as the plan is developing. I do things my own way. I take shortcuts even though I know they might lead to disaster. Often I think “it won’t happen this time” and I end up creating difficulties that would never have been if I had stayed true to God’s plan. In short, I am the common link to all my problems. Thank God for forgiveness in Jesus Christ! The key to success in life is seeking God, knowing His way, and then working to follow His way. Shortcuts and laziness won’t create success in God’s eyes.
Lord God, grant me wisdom to know Your will, to follow it and to help others along the way. Keep me focused on Your love and grace and help me to think, speak and act in accordance with Your desires.