(Proverbs 24:27 KJV) Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
Today when I read this verse I had a bit of a shock. My general pattern is to look at a verse in the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the day of the month. Thus, chapter 24 on the 24th. Since I would tend to focus on the same verses if I just picked my favorites, I force myself to work through a verse at a time with the freedom to diverge if something really jumps out at me. Before that I read the entire chapter in what I assume is an attitude of attention and worship. Which brings me to today.
I did not remember reading this verse. I should have noticed it because it is one that has stood out to me before. I fell into what might be called “scripture trance”. It is like the times when you are driving and suddenly realize you have been driving in a trance instead of really paying attention. I don’t like that when driving. I don’t like that when reading the Bible.
So? I guess I need to find a way to follow the advice of this verse. I need to better prepare the ground before I get down to business. It is so easy to fall into the trance.