Proverbs 19: King James Bible
Do not Fret – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter nineteen, Verses 2-3
2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth. 3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Do not Fret
These two verses go well with our previous devotional, that spoke about it being better to walk in integrity, than being perverse in speech and a fool. In that devotional, we discussed why that would be.
Here, the verse begins with the word also, as a continuation in thought. Not only is it better to be walking in integrity, but to have knowledge in the soul is also important, rather than being without.
He that hasteth with his feet sinneth, because he is hastening without knowledge. The fool has no sound knowledge of the Father having rejected him, and hastens into sin.
I have known so many people who do this regularly. They rush to do whatever it is and fall headlong into sin, not giving any thought to the Lord or anything that he’d have to say about it. And why should they? They have no care for the Father, because they don’t believe he exists in the first place. Without a doubt, it is tragic.
The Word of the Lord is our source for knowledge that belongs in the soul. To keep us from all of the wiles of this world, and to be wise against anything that would come against the will of the Father.
But the focus changes a bit by the time we get to verse three. In three, the Lord isn’t talking about a fool anymore, but the foolishness of man. As far as I’m concerned, this means you and I. Reason being is, that the foolishness perverts the way. This assumes that the person that is behaving foolishly is already on the right way, prior to behaving foolish.
There’s a difference between behaving foolishly, and being a fool. A fool says in his heart that there is no God. Behaving foolishly is just that, a behavior. It doesn’t mean that it’s a constant behavior, but could be temporary, as a sudden reaction to something.
My personal definition of being foolish, is to behave as if the Father isn’t watching, and is helpless or unwilling to live up to his own Word. Especially as it would pertain to this piece of scripture above. When we behave in this manner, we wind up doing exactly what the scripture says, we pervert our way.
The second part of verse three falls under the same home made definition of being foolish. If you know what the Father has said he’ll do or not do, will your heart be fretting against the Lord? Will you be filled with worry about whether or not he’ll hold up his end of whatever it is that is making you fret?
Knowledge written on the tablets of your heart, having your soul filled with knowledge, you will know what the Father will and won’t do, and why he will or won’t do it. You won’t be fretting, because you’ll know to fear not. You’ll know what he’s said, and you’ll stagger not.
Get into the Word of God, and be fully persuaded that the Father is more than capable, to do all he’s promised to do.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 6: King James Bible
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Romans 4: King James Bible
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
It is so easy for us to fret in the face of sudden calamity or the signs of trouble coming. At times Lord, it may appear that you are far off from us, and we get caught in the moment of trouble, forgetting that you are Lord of All, and have left nobody. Fill our souls with knowledge Lord. Let us not behave foolishly, and choosing to fear and forget you and your Word, but rather that we stand strong in you, as you are the Rock of our Salvation! In Jesus mighty name we pray.
Did you know that it’s easier to draw on the knowledge of the Lord, when you do not fret?