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In your Control

Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 24 P. 371 – In your Control

Proverbs 24: King James Bible

In your Control – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty four, Verse 27


27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.

Daily Inspiration from This Verse – In your Control


Here is a verse that we can apply to anything in my opinion. Often, we’ll never understand what is out of our control, until we reach an understanding of what is in our control. The verse above speaks toward what we do have the capacity to manage.

There is an order given to us above, and if you take the word “house,” and replace it with the word “family,” (often house and family are used synonymously in the Bible), we can get an idea at how messed up this order has become in society over the past several decades. It happens often that people rush to build their house before being ready to manage it, handle it, or are fit for it.

Just look at the number of abortions, orphans, or kids out there with one or no parents available to guide their lives in the way they should go. Or the divorce rate of young newlyweds, for another example. In many different ways, the message the verse above is giving, is toward younger people.

The message isn’t a warning about sin, or suggestions to stay on the Lord’s good side, but rather a piece of wisdom from a loving Father that knows better than we do. It is a verse meant to help us, and to lead us in a direction that will help us to avoid self inflicted heartache.

In ways it is better heeded by young people, but not limited to youngsters. We can also take the word “house” and use it either literally, or to represent anything at all that needs to be either built up or worked on. Whatever the object we are using the word house for, remember it pertains to what is in your control. Everyth8ing outside of your control, is either on the Father, or none of our business.

Everyone can benefit from the lesson above, by doing whatever we need to do in the order given to us.

  1. Prepare your work without
  2. Make it fit for yourself in the field
  3. Afterward, build your house

Prepare

No matter what you’re going to do, if you’re not prepared for it, you’re going to have issues. Have you ever gone to fix something without having the proper tools? How easily that question popped into my head, because I’ve done it too many times to number.

It’s not impossible to fix something without the right tools. I mean, it can be done. You can throw something together that might work as an alternative, but the bar for difficulty and headaches lowers considerably.

Continuing with this theme, if we need to fix something, and we have the right tools for the job, we’re properly prepared. Being prepared, having all of the necessary stuff involved for whatever we’re going to build or fix, we can move on to the next step.

Make it fit for yourself

Sometimes it takes some work, in order to work productively. For example, say you have a garage filled with all kinds of things, and no space for your car. Something happened, and your car needs repair.

Fortunately, you have all the tools for the job and are prepared to make the fix, but everything would be much easier on you if you were able to work on the car in the garage, rather than rolling around under the car outside.

You could do the job out in the yard, but all kinds of unwanted obstacles such as the weather, mosquitoes, black flies, poor lighting, having to march to and fro from the car to the garage for different tools, and having to worry about running out of daylight, await you.

Though it would take some work, you determine that it’s worth doing whatever is necessary to get the car to fit into the garage. Sure it is extra work, but in the end it will save you many different unnecessary problems. (And you’ve got your garage back in the end!)

Afterward, build your house 

With this example, you are prepared for the work by having all the right stuff to do it, and now you have made it fit for yourself in the garage, to get the job done most efficiently. After these two are done, then fix the car. It is in your control to have done things one way or the other in the scenario above.

Sometimes we have no option but to do things the hard way, and that’s got a whole set of benefits through hardship attached to it. Other times, we do things the hard way without any good reason.

I think if we follow the Lord’s steps above concerning what is in our control, and only do things the hard way when it’s the only way, we’ll have a sure foundation before tackling building that proverbial house.

Related New Testament Scripture


Matthew 7: King James Bible

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

John 14: King James Bible

2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

2 Corinthians 5: King James Bible

1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.

1 Corinthians 3: King James Bible

9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

 

Prayer


Father,

You know how quickly the days go by, and how fleeting our lives are. Help us to stop from rushing through our lives, assuming we have all the answers yet know little or nothing of what lies ahead. Please stir into our remembrance the instruction you’ve given is in your Word, and to do things in the sequence that you have established, no matter what it is. Thank you for giving us aid, keeping us from doing things the hard way when there is no need to work harder, but rather smarter. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.

Amen

Question


When it comes down to doing things that are in your control, do you follow the Word of the Lord in order to accomplish it?

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