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Foolishness

by Jim Person

People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord.
Proverbs 19:3, NLT

Time will tell if a person is wise or foolish. It always does. Early in our marriage, I found what I thought was a way to get us out of the financial difficulty we were facing as a young married couple. I was so convinced, after researching the investment opportunity, that I didn’t heed the counsel that I received and went ahead and invested our meagre savings into it.

I thought I was being wise and astute in my actions and was dreaming of the things I would buy with my new-found wealth. As the weeks dragged by with no sales, the boxes of riches became surplus, and the dreams were shattered by disappointment.

Years later I would be reminded of my hasty actions by finding that product mixed among my boxes of stuff left in storage. These reminders brought back the memories of foolishness, but through this experience I learned to listen to wise counsel. In my foolishness I was angry at myself, at the company, and even at God for not stopping me. Later as I prayed, He reminded me of the wise counsel that He sent my way, and I was silent with the realisation of His goodness.

God doesn't want us to suffer under our foolish choices, but He is bound by his own standards of letting us choose our way. Often in my life, as I reflect on my past, I can see His hand of grace over me, even when I made some foolish choices.

God promised to never leave us nor forsake us. He is faithful to show us the wiser way, if we look to Him. Today, let’s lean on His wisdom and guidance for our lives. When we make poor choices, let’s not become angry with God for not stopping us, but be thankful for His goodness in bringing the wisdom of wise counsel into our lives as we seek Him for it.

Jim Person Jim grew up in Alaska and from a small child commercial fished every summer with his family. God called him, his wife Tanya, and their four children to move to Hungary as missionaries in 2003. God then led him to join Ellel Ministries in 2005. After serving in various positions with Ellel in Central and Eastern Europe, God led them back to the United States, where he is now serving with the Ellel USA team. Jim and Tanya have a passion to see leaders restored, the church discipled and walking in God’s fullness of life and freedom. They also love mentoring the existing and developing Ellel teams wherever God leads them. Jim also has a real gift for working with the land to create a beautiful and welcoming environment.

 

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