All Other Ground

During a rainy season like we have been having we are often looking for a solid piece of ground before we take our next step.  No one wants to sink in the mud and get our shoes all messy.  It is interesting however that we often neglect following the same procedure before we leap into something new and different.  I am not saying that we are a bored people, it’s just that something different can be refreshing and challenging and often more exciting.  We have all heard stories of people who have leaped before they looked and it usually doesn’t turn out good.  Yes, I know, wehave also heard stories of people who never made anything work because they were afraid to take a leap.  So, just how do we go about making good assessments before we leap?

We have all heard the phrase “it’s better to be safe than sorry”.  While that is usually the case. It is also true that we can study long and hard and still make the wrong decision.  What can we do to prevent a bad outcome?  Is there any way to be safe and not sorry?  Many of us would admit that there is no way to be absolutely sure, but then there is a way to greatly insure our choices.  Don’t tell me you didn’t realize that!  You may not be as old as I am, but I can’t remember how long it has been that I have known the answer.

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand!

Before you start trying to tell me that that is simply an old hymn and is probably not even sung much in today’s world, you would have to admit that it is still packed with wisdom.  The problem is can we learn from another’s wisdom?  It is probably true that many of us will pray about our choices, but it is often true that we neglect to see the other side of the coin and more often than not there is one.

The theme of the book of Proverbs is wisdom, written in large part by Solomon, who even though he was wise often failed to live up to what he knew.  We aren’t much better, but that’s not to say we can’t be.  In the 4th chapter, verse 7, we read Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom.  And in all your getting, get understanding.  However, in the New Testament we find Paul telling those who would listen that the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God (1st Corinthians 3:19).  The key there is made plain early, the wisdom of our world is not always the same as the wisdom of our Creator.  Our problem is to discern the difference, but that can be done easily enough if we just pull the book off the shelf.  James tells us if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him (1:5).  Gee! all we have to do is ask.  Is it really that simple?

We have often heard that the best things in life are free, but most of us have rarely tested that statement.  If you are one of those who learned it early in life you are most fortunate.  Most of us would say that we are happy if we are just content with the results of any one day or any one event.

Let’s not sink in other ground, let’s change our minds about what really provides happiness in our individual life and in the world – Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold (Proverbs 3:13-14).