(Proverbs 27:12 KJV) A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
Finally a verse that does not have a lot of controversy over the translation. It is refreshing. While I write I am watching the rain and wind as Hurricane Harvey winds down. I spent time this morning being thankful for our safety and lifting up those who actually had to deal with the rage of the storm. All we have seen are occasionally heavy rain and constant wind. It isn’t over yet but we are on the downside.
As I have been keeping up on the event, the rescue sagas start coming in. I don’t pay a lot of attention to them but I keep hearing a mantra from the weather reports, “Turn around, don’t drown”. It seems that most of the people who drown in floods die in their cars. On one road around here we have constant dips. As you approach they signs say, “Road subject to flooding”. Okay, I can see that, thanks for the warning. When you get to the low spot they have gauges that tell you how deep the water is and they tell me they have sensors that tell the authorities a local yokel is about to do something stupid.
The spiritual application is this: You get into more than you can handle when it is “full speed ahead” and the water is rising. We can avoid a lot of pain if we will just stop being stupid, or as Solomon says, “simple” (naive NASB) (6612a). Is the water rising in a dip in your life? Maybe charging ahead isn’t the thing to do.