Friday, June 3, 2011

Daily devotional: Warning signs

The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
Proverbs 27:12 NIV

At first this proverb sounds obvious, but then I was thinking about how I see warning signs and sometimes keep going by ignoring the signs instead of "taking refuge" by taking action. Seeing warning signs in relationships like my marriage, seeing unhealthy habits like overeating or under-exercising, realizing my walk is not close to the Lord or my behaviors do not align with the Bible, seeing my treatment of and intentionality with my children is not where it needs to be—all these are danger signs that I should take action rather than keep going and suffer for it.

Take refuge when I see danger. Don't keep going and suffer for it.

Lord, thank you for the Holy Spirit, who points out warning signs to me. And thank you for Your Word, which guides me into all truth and gives me the framework to live in a way that pleases You and brings abundant life. Please help me to see danger in each area of my life, and help me to be diligent not to just keep going but to take action, to take refuge and thus keep myself from suffering for those things I could have done something about. I love you, Lord.

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