Posts Tagged ‘thoughts’
“The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways.” Proverbs 14:8
This Bible verse about wisdom has always really struck me. It seems so simple. Can just thinking about your life and where you fit in the grand scheme really be called prudence and wisdom? But everyone does that, don’t they? Or do they? Who among us takes the time out of their busy lives to just sit down and think about their lives. Most of us get so busy with the mundane day to day, that we never really stop and think about why we’re doing what we’re doing. Something that my favorite author, Henry David Thoreau, once said, goes along well with this verse. He said, “We ought to be men first and citizens afterward.” I agree with him. Before I just go off to be a productive member of society, working for 40 years at a job and buying a nice home, shouldn’t I spend some time thinking about what it really means to be a man, and how to live my life in a way that I can be proud of?
Because of Solomon’s words in the verse above, I often try and take time to just sit down and think about my ways. I like to know that I’m living intentionally, that I’m not just doing what I have to to survive, but that I’m really trying to become a better man and live a life that I can be proud of. I hope this Bible verse inspires you to take some time out of your busy day and just reflect on your life as a whole and where you really fit in in the grand scheme of life. You won’t be sorry you did.
“In his pride the wicked does not seek Him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.” Psalm 10:4
This is a really interesting Bible verse on pride. When I first read it, it confused me. I didn’t know how pride could be responsible for keeping a person from even thinking about God. But then I began to think about how the Bible also says that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” At that point, things began to make more sense. Pride keeps a person from understanding their true relationship to God. Pride makes a person think that they are the most important thing on the planet, that their hopes, dreams and happiness are all that matters. When you think that your own happiness is all that matters and you don’t have any fear of the Lord, how then can you ever really have any meaningful thoughts about God? Will God even be willing to relate to a person who isn’t willing to stand reverently before Him?
Verses like this make me really analyze my own life. I sometimes can go long periods trapped in my own small problems, so wrapped up in my own life that I seldom turn my gaze upward and consider God’s hand or will for my life. In all my thoughts, there is no room for God. I don’t like living like that. It’s stupid getting so wrapped up in the problems of the day that I never stop to think of the bigger picture or whether or not the problems that seem so big are even really all that important.