Day 8

The proverbs of Solomon, King David’s son, from Israel: 2 Their purpose is to teach wisdom and discipline,    to help one understand wise sayings. 3 They provide insightful instruction,    which is righteous, just, and full of integrity. 4 They make the naive mature,    the young knowledgeable and discreet. 5 The wise hear them and grow in wisdom;    those with understanding gain guidance. 6 They help one understand proverbs and difficult sayings,    the words of the wise, and their puzzles. 7 Wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord,    but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:1-7, CEB

We’re familiar with the “good” testimony. We’ve talked about this many times. It’s a narrative that goes like this: I was once lost, now I’m found, now I’m fine.

Yesterday we asked: Would it help to know that it’s okay not to fully progress? Would it help to know that it’s okay to not end well?

I think that, if we can accept that, we give up trying to control some of the unmanageable areas of our lives. I suspect there’s freedom in that. There’s freedom that comes from accepting something as it is. We get frustrated when we start thinking our lives should look some other way than they actually do. This is just a shame message that has more to do with our expectations than with the reality of a life of faith.

What would it look like to accept our problems? To acknowledge them to people outside of ourselves? To consider what it’s going to look like to live with these issues rather than assuming we’re going to just conquer them and move up the ladder of progress?

Could God still use a person like this? What kinds of people can God not use, I wonder?


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