We are exploring Covid Cues, a survival strategy for a time of displaced hopes and uncertain expectations drawn from ancient wisdom preserved in the Book of Proverbs. Today I want to focus on how we can gain a handle when everything has gone slithery like worms in a can.
There are some proverbs that I color code yellow. These sayings simply describe how life works. Here is one of those “code yellow” proverbs:
The human mind may devise many plans but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established. – Proverbs 19:21
To some that statement sounds like a profession of faith but in the Book of Proverbs it’s a “code yellow” statement of fact.
So the question becomes, what does the wise person do about that fact and what is the way of the fool? The wise course (color code blue in my system) is a bit of a surprise. The fact that God is in charge might suggest that the wise person adopts a passive approach to living, yielding themselves to fate. But there wouldn’t be a Book of Proverbs if that attitude was in fact wise because there wouldn’t be anything to teach. Instead, Proverbs says:
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom and whatever else you get, get insight. – Proverbs 4:7
If there is a God there is a plan and if there is a plan then the world makes sense. So the wise thing to do is to get busy figuring out how everything works. To quote Proverbs again (code blue):
An intelligent mind acquires knowledge. – Proverbs 18:15
The fool (code orange) takes a different approach. Proverbs describes it this way:
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinion. – Proverbs 18:2
The fool denies both designer and design and so loses ground to the wise. It’s all summed up by one more proverb:
Fools think their own way is right; but the wise listen to advice. – Proverbs 12:15
In the Book of Proverbs a good life springs from a commitment to lifelong learning.