1 Corinthians 2:9 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”
It’s super easy to get overwhelmed, disappointed and discouraged when you look at the state of the world.
Maybe you look at your own situation and feel that way at times.
However, something great has been prepared. It’s finished. It waiting. It’s super cool. And we don’t know what it is.
Imagine awesomeness. If you could have anything, be anything, do anything right now in this very moment on the planet, what would it be?
God’s got something better. Something we’ve never seen.
What if your phone rang right now and the person on the other end said, “You know your ______, who passed away? Well, I don’t know how to tell you this, but he/she is alive… not this is not a joke. Go to your front door.”
God’s got something better. Something we’ve never heard.
What if you checked your bank balance and noticed a million dollars sitting there. How would you feel after the initial panic of thinking there’s been a mistake and that the government is licking it’s lips to grab a chunk?
Then you find out it’s not a mistake. And the government doesn’t want any. How do you feel?
God’s got something better. Something our minds have never conceived.
We’re so set on figuring life out. So set on having the answers. So set on wanting to know the meaning behind every circumstance.
But God’s holding some cards close to the vest. He’s got a surprise that we’ll never guess.
(Though He has revealed some… read the rest of 1 Cor 2.)
Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
In others words… thing we KNOW we should avoid.
The danger did not sneak up. It’s not hiding. It’s visible. In full view.
Our gut warns us. Maybe we think a bit about the outcome. We weigh the risk. We wonder if we maybe immune to the effects.
Thinking that way labels us “simple.” Naive about the results. Thinking we may win the best of both worlds lottery. But the end result is often the same… suffering.
(And a lot of beating ourselves up from being stupid.)
On the other hand, it’s wise to hide. To take refuge. To find protection.
Tempting situations, people who set us off, or a dozen or more things that create compromise – we’re better off avoiding them, rather than thinking we’re so strong we can handle them with no consequences.