“Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD ’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to GOD! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor GOD with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don’t, dear friend, resent GOD ’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that GOD corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.”Proverbs 3:5-12 MSG
Reading this passage this morning from the Message, I see some good don’ts that I can always use to have in the memory bank.
- Don’t try to figure everything out on your own – the opposite issues from arrogance and pride
- Don’t assume that you know it all – the opposite fosters independence that leaves God out of the story
- Don’t resent God’s discipline – the opposite undermines His authority and character of compassion
- Don’t sulk under his loving correction – the opposite reveals immaturity and selfishness
To keep these dont’s in check, do trust, do listen, do honor, do give the best and the first, and do run to God.