“The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, but the naive go on, and are punished for it,” Proverbs 22:3.
Most of us have traveled on interstate highways where there are several lanes of traffic.
During rush hour the traffic slows down and people shift lanes attempting to get into the fastest route to their destination.
I was traveling today after spending time with our youngest daughter on the highway, noticing how very quickly the traffic became congested and slowed down.
But it wasn’t long before I could speed-up some allowing me to see further ahead on the road. However, there were still pockets of lanes where the trucks and cars moved somewhat slower.
All of this caused me to see a parallel in how we need to pace ourselves and consider what is ahead of us in our own lives.
We can go about our daily routines without considering what may well be ahead of us in the next month or year.
One can get so accustomed to their own particular pace of life that they don’t realize the need for either picking up the pace or slowing it down, depending upon the circumstances that they are facing.
Life has a way of throwing a wrench in our plans, especially when we aren’t sensitive to the Spirit’s guidance. We are told that the wise consider how to plan for the future.
But this isn’t necessarily planning for the future financially, although that certainly is a consideration.
Even in nature we see how something as small as an ant can plan for the future. Perhaps even they are wiser than some of us:
“Four things are small on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise. The ants are not a strong people, but they prepare their food in the summer,” Proverbs 30:24-25.
We are told that wisdom is supreme, and that if one was to get something of great importance, then the getting of that, would guard a person from the many dangers in this life.
Wisdom is like a garland that one would wear daily, keeping them in check, weighing their words, and planning for what might lie ahead.
Many of us are aware of the fact that there are indeed, dark days ahead for us as a people. I believe that this is especially true for those who live in the United States.
Perhaps some of us think that life will go on as usual, and that the catastrophic events that are often seen, the rise in violence, and the increased sense of division among many, is merely what always happens in this world that we live in.
But perhaps if you think this way, then maybe you are so caught-up in the stream of highway traffic that you haven’t taken a look ahead down the road in front of you.
When one takes a long trip to a certain destination, they at first see the highway as it stretches out in front of them.
One eventually leaves the city, and a new terrain and road markers are seen along the way. The destination may be 500 miles away or even more, and soon one realizes that a certain pace or speed is in order to reach the end.
A long distance runner cannot sprint to the finish line, but if he or she paces themselves, then in time he can complete the race.
As you live your life consider it as a long distance runner. Don’t just look to the events of the day, but consider the weeks and months ahead. See the unfolding events that are happening around you, and consider them in the light of scripture.
Then make your plans as the ant would in preparing for winter and the lean days ahead.
Perhaps then, a heart of wisdom will come, and your light will shine as the stars above, and you’ll develop a resilience that will enable you have a heart of endurance.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?