Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Being Vigilant...and Prudent



“The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” –Proverbs 22:3

Lexi is hypervigilant when we go on walks. She’s ready to detect danger behind every bush. Frankly, it’s exasperating. Of course Lexi can’t assess a situation like a human. She doesn’t know that a car is unlikely to hit us. She only knows that something big and loud and smelly  is getting closer and closer. It could be dangerous—so she barks at it. Every time. I get exasperated with her, but I also take her seriously. When she stops suddenly and perks up her ears, I look around, too. If a car’s coming, we can ignore it. If a stranger’s coming toward us, we ought to be wary. Danger doesn’t hide behind every bush, but it does exist. We have to watch out. So it is when we walk with God. We have to be vigilant; we have to watch out. Danger doesn’t hide behind every bush, but it does exist. There are temptations, pitfalls, snares. If we see danger, we should take refuge in God.

Dear God, Teach me to be vigilant. Help me see danger, and bless me with prudence to take refuge in you. Amen

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