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Dude, Didn’t You See That Coming?

PROVERBS 22:3 - ”The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.“

One afternoon I was watching an NFL football game. The game was tied with less than two minutes to go. The home team was driving down the field getting in position to win the game with a field goal. With about 45 seconds left in the game, the quarterback ran up the middle of the field to get them closer to the goal. But when he was tackled, he twisted his ankle. His replacement was a rookie quarterback who had never played in an NFL game before.


As the rookie ran out on the field, you did not see a quarterback who looked excited because he had a chance to win the game. Instead, you saw a rookie quarterback who looked exactly like a nervous rookie playing in his first game. The defense decided to line up seven defenders to intimidate and rush the quarterback. When the ball was snapped, instead of throwing a quick pass to an open receiver, the rookie quarterback held on to the ball and was eventually tackled for a big loss. The play put the team out of position to kick the winning field goal.


The crowd couldn’t believe what they saw. Everyone was disappointed. One of the TV announcers even yelled, “Oh no! Dude, didn’t you see that coming!”


For believers in Christ, God has graciously given us the means to avoid many of life’s pitfalls. We received the Holy Spirit Who is our ever present Helper (John 14:15-17). We have also received His Word, which contains His commands, principles, description of His nature and character. His Word has been proven to be beneficial and useful for teaching, correction, and training in righteous living (2 Timothy 3:16-17). And many of those principles are wrapped up in the book of Proverbs. Proverbs serves as our “playbook”, so to speak, to successfully progress down the “field of life”.


If you are constantly being “tackled” in life by the consequences of your decisions, could it be that you have not studied and applied the “playbook” God has provided to help you? How much time do you spend with Him each day? How much time do you spend reading the Word, learning the “play of the day”?


Life is dynamic and has many pitfalls, especially for Christians. But there is hope. The Psalmist states in Psalms 34:17 “…that the righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.” Don’t get tackled unnecessarily. Read, meditate on and apply the “Playbook of Life”.


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