Pr. 30:32: “If you have been foolish in exalting yourself, or if you have devised evil, put your hand on your mouth.”
As we go into this new year, it’s a good time to reevaluate our plans and our thoughts. This verse seems a good one to consider.
Perhaps we have begun to do what this verse says, exalting ourselves above those around us. The more our eyes are on us and our own desires, the easier it can become easy to begin to think we are better, more esteemed, more dignified, or more valuable than others. I’m sorry to be the bubble-burster, but not one of us is perfect.
Perhaps we have begun to devise evil. Maybe plans are being made to advance ourselves at the expense of another. Maybe arguments of justification for sin have laid themselves out clearly in our minds. Rationalizations for giving into the flesh have been formulated and accepted.
Wait! If you are reading this, it means that there is still time to stop! Just because the thoughts have been carefully contemplated and considered does not mean it’s too late.
We still have time to put our hands on our mouths. We still have time to stop the justifications, rationalizations, and self-exalting. We still have time to get our eyes off of ourselves and back on our Savior.
Perhaps a few changes are necessary. Maybe its simply time to get back into the Word. It could be that some people or activities should be avoided. Could it be time to lock ourselves away with God for a breakthrough? I will remind you: You are of God, and will overcome, because Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.
When we are able to focus once again on the Lord, we become eternity-minded. We no longer strive and plan to satisfy and glorify our flesh, but strive to bring glory and honor to God. Now that’s a plan!