Read: Proverbs 14
Key Verses: Proverbs 14:1. “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.”
Proverbs 14:3. “In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will protect them.”
Devotional: We can all agree that no one in their right mind would intentionally bring destruction to their own life. For most of us we spend our lives seeking ways to prevent attacks from the outside. We look for ways to protect ourselves and when we do fall under attack from outside forces we naturally go into self preservation mode. We do what’s needed to protect ourselves. We circle the wagons. We batten down the hatches and prepare to weather the storm.
We can easily identify those outside forces that mount an attack against us. Stress at work, strained marriage relationships, financially lean times, unruly kids, lack of time to accomplish all that needs to be done. These all serve as outside forces that can make us feel stressed and attacked. Dealing with one of these stresses can be a lot but imagine dealing with more than one at a time, those are the moments that we feel like we want to pull our hair out right?
Now imagine that in the midst of those “outside in” storms you are also purposely sabotaging yourself by inviting “inside out” turmoil into your life. Proverbs 14 paints this type of picture for us in verses 1 & 3. Verse 1 says, "A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.” and verse 3 says, "A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him, but the words of the wise keep them safe.”
These are great examples of the self destruction that many of us struggle with on a daily basis.
We have developed an acute ability to play the victim in life. We allow ourselves to become convinced that the junk life deals us is out of our control. We think things like:
If we’re honest with ourselves we’ll recognize that much of what we have classified as “beyond our control” or “too far gone” is in reality well within our control and completely redeemable. We’ve simply chosen to think otherwise because the other option requires much more work.
What would it look like in your life to stop the cycle of self destruction?
Take Action: Take some time to make a list of those areas of life where you feel like you are in self destruct mode. Make a list of those areas where you have all but given up. Spend some time in prayer asking God to show you your next steps. You are not a lost cause. You are redeemable. You can do this.
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