Bible Reading: Proverbs 14.1-14
The wise woman builds her house,
But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.
He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord,
But he who is devious in his ways despises Him.
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back,
But the lips of the wise will protect them.
Where no oxen are, the manger is clean,
But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.
A trustworthy witness will not lie,
But a false witness utters lies.
A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none,
But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.
Leave the presence of a fool,
Or you will not discern words of knowledge.
The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way,
But the foolishness of fools is deceit.
Fools mock at sin,
But among the upright there is good will.
The heart knows its own bitterness,
And a stranger does not share its joy.
The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
But the tent of the upright will flourish.
There is a way which seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
Even in laughter the heart may be in pain,
And the end of joy may be grief.
The backslider in heart will have his fill of his own ways,
But a good man will be satisfied with his.
One day I’d like to get my private pilot’s license. A few years ago I got a chance to try it out and I loved it. I admire people who have learned to orchestrate such complex machines.
One of the things pilots must learn is to fight their instinct to simply follow their instincts. By far the largest cause of plane crashes is pilot error (3 times as common as mechanical causes). Many flight deck instruments have backups, designed to ensure that a single device doesn’t mislead the pilot to their death. Nonetheless, many crashes occur because the pilot relies on what they feel and what they believe they see outside of the plane rather than on their instruments.
In today’s passage, we are warned against placing our trust in what feels right to us. When you’re in a plane, there’s a truth: your heading, altitude, airspeed and attitude. Pilots who refuse to accept the truth end up as statistics. Instruments can fail and God gave us instincts, but statistically more often in life, we crash when we go with our feelings.
Pilots have a manual that guides them throughout flight, and we have God’s word to remind us of the truth: Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).
1 Corinthians 1 tells us that the wisdom of God is power to His people but foolishness to others. No matter how long we have been believers, we need to go back to His Spirit and Word and remain in His community, or we lose sight of what’s true and we miss out on the day-to-day blessings he wants to give us.
Being in the cockpit brings an amazing perspective. For a moment you see the greatness of God’s creation and how small we are by comparison. And to think, He died for us.
Memory Verse: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2.9