By Mart De Haan
Keep sound wisdom and discretion . . . . Then you will walk safely in your way. —Proverbs 3:21,23
A frustrated homeowner had a yard full of moles. He tried everything he knew to defeat his underground enemy, but he was losing the battle. Finally a friend informed him that he was trying to solve his problem the wrong way. The moles weren’t the true culprits. The real problem was the grubs that the moles were feeding on. Get rid of them and the moles would have no reason to stay.
The third chapter of Proverbs gives us a parallel situation. Instead of moles, the problem is fear—the kind of fear that robs us of strength during the day and sleep at night (vv.24-25).
What is also evident from this chapter is that we can eliminate our fears only by attacking the “grubs” that attract it. We must go after our self-sufficiency and irreverence (vv.5-8). We have to treat our evil and foolish ways with a strong application of divine wisdom and understanding (vv.13-18). Then and only then will fear lose its grip.
What’s important is to know the real problem so that we can work on it. When it comes to fear, we must make wise decisions based on God’s Word and build a love-trust relationship with Christ. That’s what it takes to get rid of the “grubs.”
When you are deeply troubled
By fear and inward doubt,
Strive to do what pleases God,
And He will lead you out. —Lloyd
Keep your eyes on God and you’ll soon lose sight of your fears.
Devotional forwarded to you by:
UP CHRISTIAN YOUTH MOVEMENT
NCCP Ecumenical Ministry – Church of the Risen Lord
University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus, QC