Proverbs in 365 Devotions

August 7

Proverbs 13:15 Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous is their ruin. 16 In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.


Blinded By The Darkness

by Robin Aylor

I don’t know why anyone would want to show off their stupidity? But that's what I tend to do quite often. It should be no surprise to us how it happens because a treacherous heart like the text describes loves wrong doing to such an extent that it causes a kind of blindness to the ruin the outcome of what we are doing. We all have to fight against this treachery of pride in our life.

Whenever a person is treasuring the things of the world over the Lord, they loose focus on the things of God including the apparent destruction that their folly will bring not only to others but themselves. Our heart is deceptive for sure and we may even be deceiving ourselves more than we deceive others. Jeremiah 17:9 says: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Though we’ve seen it before, time and time again… I am a slow learner… so when my own pride tricks and being blinded… I am in a position where I am more susceptible to show off and flaunt my foolishness as though it is something good.

Our own desires can create blind spots of various kinds in our life. My Mother who is now 83 told me how once as a young girl she was walking home from school and a boy in a car looked back at her and whistled... just before he ran off into a ditch.

But these kinds of things can happen in our spiritual life as well. For example:

* Even in the Church good habits and traditions if not done from the heart can chain our minds to legalism and blind us from experiencing worship and the joys of Christ.  

* We can also become less sensitive to the culture of the world around… more cozy… more agreeable…. which can give us spiritual cataracts to make us so called "political correct” which will blind us from seeing  people and issues correctly.

* Business… When we are obsessively busy we don’t see, or hear anything but our own agendas. We ignore others and are short with them, Our families, friends and our own bodies suffer while our relationship with the Lord deteriorates. 

* It may be that the most blinding enemy of all is comfort. While troubles can actually reset our priorities and focus back on God as our supreme treasure, comfort has the potential to blind us from realizing our need for God.  If we find our comfort in Christ and not the conveniences of this world we will find contentment, joy, satisfaction and delight beyond comparison.