So after realizing what should draw us to the presence of God and what should not. What should our next step be? The answer to this question can be found in Psalm 90: 12, ‘Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts’.
Without wisdom, there is no other way of escaping the natural man’s gravitation towards foolish behaviour. The Bible also says in 1 Corinthians 2: 14, ‘The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned’.
The Bible is replete with such admonitions. Ephesians 5: 15 especially admonishes, ‘See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise’. What does circumspectly mean? It implies a careful consideration of all circumstances and a desire to avoid mistakes and bad consequences. Think before you take action.
And what then should be the basis of your careful consideration? The Word of God. What does the Bible say about the reply you’re about to give that person that has been getting on your nerves? Proverbs 15: 1 says, ‘A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger’. Do you get?
This is why you have to be deliberate in reading your Bible. If you do not study your Bible, there’s no way you’ll know the word for whatever situation that is confronting you; implying you will be unable to carefully consider. When we fail to carefully consider, we begin to act foolishly.
Ultimately, God will not come down to spank you into getting your act together. You can either behave as He wants you to or as you want to. The choice is up to you; wisdom or foolishness?