Funny! That is what I think as I think about interviews in victory lane. I am sure as the guys or gals walk up to start the interview they have a picture of how it is going to go. They know some guys are going to be easy and will be open to answer the questions with the right amount of appropriate words. They know others are going to talk a long time and they may even have to cut them off at some point. Then there is the group that, well, you will be lucky to get a one word answer, yes or no. We have a lot of really good people in the Midwest on the mics in racing and they really add to the show. They are good at handling all three types. It is good for us to think about our words and Proverbs reminds us about this several times.
Proverb 14:13 Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.
We are still in the heart area. This verse, like many others reminds us of the importance of honesty. Like the verses we looked at last week in Jeremiah we are to look and think about our motive and what is really in our heart and thoughts. We can fool ourselves so easily. We can lie and talk ourselves into a false reality.
Stop and think about what this verse warns. The word grief is a little weak for me. ‘Tuwgah’ in the original language does include grief but overarching is depression. Even today I was talking with the kiddos of how our sin traps us in guilt and how important it is to confess our sin and repent.
Proverbs 14:14 The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.
What are you filled with?! This is a great question we need to be asking ourselves often. Think with me about the word “backslider”. Can you backslide if you are at the base of a mountain? No. You have to have gone up a ways. Do you start to see the word picture? The higher you are the more dangerous the backsliding is. Think about the words “filled” and “fruit”. Our lives will reveal what is going on to others. I was reminded today in church, “what is our legacy going to be”?
Proverbs 14:15-16 The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps. One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.
I like this verse but there is a ditch on both sides. I like it because we should slow down and really think, REALLY pray about what is in front of us. If we pray about the “small” things it will get us to pray about everything as we should and about the big things as they come up. The ditch is that we can slow down too much and miss an opportunity. How are you with stopping and thinking about your steps. Did you catch verse 16 and the part about turning away from evil? We have to be intentional at saying “no” and turning from what is against God. Do you want to be for God? I hope so. Let your life show that.
Proverbs 14:17 A man of quick temper acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated.
One of the things an announcer can do is shove a mic in a driver’s face that just got wrecked. Few cannot react with temper. It is a challenge, I would say, for most of us if not all of us. But what does God say about my quick words or actions? I am foolish. So maybe this is a good place to stop and pray.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,