They said they would do it, the task well defined
But then they turned left, then right, then behind.
They scorned those in power subverting their will
When sudden calamity finished their thrills.
So don’t hitch your wagon with those who rebel
Unless you would like your pain to excel.
Proverbs 24:21,22—My son, fear the LORD, as well as the king, and don’t associate with rebels, for destruction from them will come suddenly; who knows what distress these two can bring?
Who we spend or invest time with says much about our wisdom. The word for “rebels” in Pro. 24:21 can also be translated to “those given to change.” Today we would describe such people as flaky. It is rarely if ever a wise idea to associate with people who show an unstable track record. They are destined to fall into ruin from either those in power or from God and we don’t want to be within the blast radius of their demise.
Flakiness is a condition caused by an obsession for pleasure. Commitment is sacrificed for whim. Responsibility yields to impulse. While it might seem fun and exciting at first, the end result of running with change artists, whose motto is “ride with the tide,” is sure to end badly. Don’t be a casualty!
It is those who disdain God and live irreverently that suffer. Hannah wisely noted in her prayer in 1 Samuel 2:9, “He guards the steps of His faithful ones, but the wicked perish in darkness, for a man does not prevail by his own strength.” King David would later write, “Who is the man who fears the LORD? He will show him the way he should choose” (Psalm 25:12). Revere the Lord, pray for (but avoid) those who are flaky and be blessed.
Thereare no circumstances in which the clay gets the last word over the sculptor.—David Jeremiah in Searching for Heaven on Earth
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)