A Teaching Moment


Prov 8-11 Choices have Consequences

It is said that we make 35,000 choices each day! Choices are either that that will be recorded in heaven as wise or as foolish. Solomon uses his time to teach and model so that the child chooses wisely as they reach maturity. God will hold each of us responsible for carrying out that teaching properly. Note that Solomon presents both the positive and the negative and implores the child to learn wisdom through these examples.  

Examples: The one who heeds instruction is on the way to life, but the one who rejects a rebuke goes astray. OR When words abound, transgression is inevitable, but the one who restrains his words is wise. OR  What the wicked fears will come on him; what the righteous desire will be granted.

A NT story comes to mind where Jesus used that teaching principle in Luke 10:38-42 in the story of the two sisters. One was “busy” with the momentary satisfying things, but one sister chose that which would be eternal or, as Jesus said: she chose that which cannot be taken away from her. If you have not read the story of these two sisters, go there and learn at the feet of Jesus just as the one sister did. Paul echoed Jesus’ teaching when we wrote to the Ephesians: “Therefore be very careful how you live – not as unwise but as wise,” [Eph 5:15]

Choices have consequences – Choose wisely today! 

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