I'm famous for getting a bright idea and going on willy-nilly on my own to try and achieve the goal/goals. I'm not talking little stuff; I'm talking great big, ginormous endeavors that are ripple-causing tsunamis in my life and therefore the lives of my family and friends. God has often used one of those waves to take me under and FORCE me to reach for Him. I'm grateful, yet slow to learn at times. That's why this passage means so much to me . . . the living, breathing Words have acted as my life jacket on more than one occasion.
Typically, I go to the ESV, but the imagery used in the Message is too vivid to ignore:
Title of this passage and leadership lesson for the week: Don't Assume You Know It All!
1-2 Good friend, don’t forget all I’ve taught you;
take to heart my commands.
They’ll help you live a long, long time,
a long life lived full and well.
3-4 Don’t lose your grip on Love and Loyalty.
Tie them around your neck; carve their initials on your heart.
Earn a reputation for living well
in God’s eyes and the eyes of the people.
5-12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
a father’s delight is behind all this.
Even the best and brightest do not know it all! A sign of wisdom and being a good leader is to know where to seek help. What does author tell us?
Trust God. Listen to Him. Earn a reputation for living well.
I don't know about you, but a body glowing with health and vibrating with life sounds pretty rewarding to me.
My favorite part is the last portion of verse 12: It's the child he loves (me/you) that God corrects; a father's delight is behind all this.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.