One of the things I like about the Bible is that it tells us the truth about ourselves. It doesn't gloss over the fact that we are all flawed. We are all damaged and we all need a Savior. The Bible gives us meaningful information but that information doesn't do us any good if we don't read it and consider it, with guidance from the Holy Spirit. To use an old metaphor, a Bible is like a map which does you no good if it just sits in the glove compartment of your car. Today, let's consider this brief but significant passage written by Solomon, the wisest man on earth:
He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (Proverbs 13:20)
Have you ever known someone who keeps doing foolish things again and again? They continually get themselves into troublesome situations but the consequences they experience don't seem to move them to change. Perhaps someone you know and love does this. Someone I know and love does it. As I was praying for this person a few weeks ago, I began to consider today's passage. Then I began to consider the friendships this person has made. He always seems to gravitate to people who are struggling with the same kinds of issues. In light of this passage, I have begun to change the way I pray. I'm asking God to place people into his life, people who will not be fools, people who can help him move away from harmful life choices; people who will help him move toward Jesus. The Holy Spirit can and does put people in our way who can help us on our journey in this life and to help us to move toward Jesus. If we ask the Holy Spirit, He will do it.
God loves the people we care about even more than we do...and that's very Good News!