Proverbs 24:27-29 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house. Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips. Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
My dad had another way of saying what verse 27 says. He would say, “Don’t get your cart before your horse.” In other words, do things in order. I guess a horse could push a cart, but not too fast, not too far, and not very often. In life, we often want to get ahead of ourselves. Before we have taken the time to get ourselves well equipped for something, grounded with knowledge and truth, we run off half-prepared. We at times can still do it, just as a horse can push a cart, but it is harder than it was meant to be.
This happens at times in churches with new Christians who want to help. Because churches need helpers, these young believers are often allowed to fill positions they are not really prepared for. This also occurs in business, when people dream today, but do not envision the hurdles of tomorrow. It happens in marriages as well. A man who is unstable in his morals, manners, money, and with his maker wants to lead a home. However, he has not prepared himself to stand on his own two feet before he takes on the responsibility of building a home.
I am not trying to say we need to have all the answers to all of life’s questions before we do anything. If that were true, no one would be doing anything. However, we need to have the important issues of life covered. Such as…
• Who is the real leader in your life?
• Where do you go for direction, especially when things seem to get out of whack?
• How are decisions made?
• What, or who is the final authority?
• Or, when I make a mistake, where do I need to go to fix it?
• Then finally, if someone asked me these questions, can I show them where to find the
answers in writing?
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
The answers to all the questions above are “God and His Word.” God is the final authority in everything. He has written the answers to life in the Bible. Now it is up to us to study to show ourselves approved unto Him.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Mark 7 – 9 / Proverbs 24:27-29
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Isa. 29-31 / Phil. 3
Living In His Word Ministries
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… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director