A Little Folly

‘ As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor ‘ ~ Ecclesiastes 10:1

Hezekiah had just escaped from death. He was very ill and at the point of death.. The prophet Isaiah told him, “put your house in order, because you are going to die. You will not recover.” But Hezekiah  turned his face to the wall and prayed with tears imploring God to have mercy and heal him. And God answered his prayer. Fifteen years were added to his life. But soon we see how his impetuousness and folly cost him great destruction – both personal and national. When the king of Babylon sent envoys, Hezekiah received them and made a grand display of his storehouse, armory and treasures, probably to strengthen his friendship with the Babylonians so as to be secured against the Assyrians. This displeased the Lord. The word of God came to him through Isaiah, the prophet foretelling future personal and national destruction of Judah. The Babylonian exile was sure to come.

How similar we can get. We cry out to God when desperate for a miracle and when in dire need. And God relents and shows mercy. But all this is soon forgotten. We get so easily carried away by the ways of this world, and instead of seeking security from God, we try assuring ourselves with our own means of ensuring security, our own plans and resources. Psalm 118:8-9 rightly points out – “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD, than to trust in princes.”

There are moments when God tests us to see what is in our heart, to know the heart’s reaction or response, not that he is not omniscient. But more so to show us the real truth, the real condition of our hearts. Tending our hearts against pride, arrogance, callousness, a ‘don’t care’ attitude, especially concerning what God has instituted or instructed, can help to keep from getting the ground cut off from beneath our feet. Maintaining a grateful heart goes a long way to keep us humble, knowing full well that – ‘ Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23).  

Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding me of this vital principle. Help me not to be impetuous nor ungrateful. May I always remember your loving kindness and rely on you. Amen.”

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