Have you ever been afraid to do something because of what other people might think or how they might respond?
I can remember countless situations when it was so much easier to follow the crowd or to make decisions I knew my friends would approve of, rather than consider a path I wanted to pursue. I'd like to say that was limited to my college days, or that since I'd surrendered to Jesus, I don't struggle with that anymore. But I do.
It's difficult to do something different than what people around you think you should do. Thinking back to when I was standing for our marriage, when Scott was living with his girlfriend and I was choosing to stay in the marriage, respecting him and unconditionally loving him, there were people in my life who didn't agree with my decisions. And when they expressed that to me, I had to run to my Strong Tower, to boldly tell them that I was following God through this situation, so if they didn't like or approve of it, they needed to talk to Him.
Staying connected to God, following Him, abiding in Him, reading His Word everyday enables you to hear His voice and know His direction for each decision you face today. When you follow and trust in Him, leave the consequences of your following Him to Him- He will protect you and guide you through the consequences of that obedience.
If People Can’t See What God Is Doing
29 For people who hate discipline and only get more stubborn, There’ll come a day when life tumbles in and they break,but by then it’ll be too late to help them.
2 When good people run things, everyone is glad, but when the ruler is bad, everyone groans.
3 If you love wisdom, you’ll delight your parents, but you’ll destroy their trust if you run with whores.
4 A leader of good judgment gives stability; an exploiting leader leaves a trail of waste.
5 A flattering neighbor is up to no good; he’s probably planning to take advantage of you.
6 Evil people fall into their own traps; good people run the other way, glad to escape.
7 The good-hearted understand what it’s like to be poor; the hardhearted haven’t the faintest idea.
8 A gang of cynics can upset a whole city; a group of sages can calm everyone down.
9 A sage trying to work things out with a fool gets only scorn and sarcasm for his trouble.
10 Murderers hate honest people; moral folks encourage them.
11 A fool lets it all hang out; a sage quietly mulls it over.
12 When a leader listens to malicious gossip, all the workers get infected with evil.
13 The poor and their abusers have at least something in common: they can both see—their sight, God’s gift!
14 Leadership gains authority and respect when the voiceless poor are treated fairly.
15 Wise discipline imparts wisdom; spoiled adolescents embarrass their parents.
16 When degenerates take charge, crime runs wild, but the righteous will eventually observe their collapse.
17 Discipline your children; you’ll be glad you did—they’ll turn out delightful to live with.
18 If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals,they are most blessed.
19 It takes more than talk to keep workers in line; mere words go in one ear and out the other.
20 Observe the people who always talk before they think—even simpletons are better off than they are.
21 If you let people treat you like a doormat, you’ll be quite forgotten in the end.
22 Angry people stir up a lot of discord; the intemperate stir up trouble.
23 Pride lands you flat on your face; humility prepares you for honors.
24 Befriend an outlaw and become an enemy to yourself.When the victims cry out,you’ll be included in their cursesif you’re a coward to their cause in court.
25 The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.
26 Everyone tries to get help from the leader, but only God will give us justice.
27 Good people can’t stand the sight of deliberate evil; the wicked can’t stand the sight of well-chosen goodness.
Proverbs 29 The Message
Proverbs is filled with guidelines for life and decision making, with clear understanding of where decisions lead you. Which verse(s) are you meditating on today?
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