Monday, January 18, 2010

Seeing Danger and Taking Refuge

Last week as I was waiting on a friend for lunch I was looking at a verse in Proverbs on my phone that reads, "The prudent see danger and take refuge but the simple keep going and suffer for it" (27:12). As I pondered and stared at the verse a couple of things stood out at me:

1. The prudent are the righteous, not the self-righteous but those covered in Christ's righteousness. The prudent are the children of God.

2. To see danger implies we have been given eyes to see danger. We were once blind but now we see. The bible says "Satan has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ" (2 Cor. 4:4). Because God has revealed himself to his children through his Son Jesus Christ we have now have his Spirit to guide and help us. The Spirit graciously illuminates our minds to the truth of God's will in his word and empowers us to live it out. God's will is the opposite of danger. I know this because of what I saw in the next part of the verse.

3. Taking refuge means we see danger and turn away to Christ. Christ is superior to the offerings of this world. Dangers are sins which ultimately lead to destruction. Through the eyes of Scripture we recognize danger and flee to our refuge, Jesus Christ.

Don't be like the simple who see danger and keep going and suffer for it. Heed the words of Scripture and take your refuge in Jesus Christ. Pray that he would give you eyes to see the glory of God through the Son. Christian, rejoice that God has been gracious to give you new eyes to see danger and flee. He alone is worthy of praise: "For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4:6).

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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