“One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty and pull down the stronghold in which they trust.” (Proverbs 21:22)
Every so often we face big problems. These are not the ordinary things of life but those massive, almost overwhelming problems that rarely impact us but that can be very intimidating. This is when we really need the wisdom of God. Let Him lay down the strategy, and in His strength you can overcome and pull down the mighty stronghold.
Take the time to wait on Him for an answer. Often a big problem causes an immediate response from us. We want to act because we feel doing nothing is ignoring the problem.
Taking time to hear from God can result in a suitable response empowered by the God Who overcomes.
Quick Prayer. “Give me the wisdom to overcome this big problem Lord.” Amen
“Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird in the sky may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.” (Ecc 10:20)
I don’t think the birds are really listening to what we are saying, but the impetus of this word is that we should act as though they were.
We are all placed at work with someone in authority over us. Our leaders are not always as we may want them to be; in fact, some may be downright awful. While we do not condone any unreasonable behavior, we are called to respect those God places in authority over us.
Part of that responsibility is not to revile or curse them. If we do talk to others unkindly or unreasonably behind the backs of our superiors, this Scripture suggests they may find out.
Even if they don’t, the words we speak denigrate our own relationships with others as they see how we treat other people behind their backs. We also poison our own hearts and reinforce our character judgments, which may or may not be correct.
Quick Prayer: Thank You for this warning. Amen.
“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” (Pro 14:23)
I have plenty of things I am going to get around to. If I talk about them for years, they still won’t get done. It is only when we stop talking and start doing that we make progress.
Our words have to translate into action to be effective. If you want to talk about the latest idea, project, business model, or whatever, put timeframes into the discussion. This can help you crystalize a plan and start to progress to action.
It is a lot easier to talk than to work. It is the easier option. It is hard work that brings a profitable result. Talk without action leads only to more talk and no outcome.
Quick Prayer: I will do what I say and prevaricate less. Amen.