Proverbs 17: King James Bible
Void of Understanding – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter seventeen, Verse 18
18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Void of Understanding
I chose the title of this devotional, because I believe that it is the phrase that makes this a less than positive verse. Anywhere we can find someone doing anything without understanding what he or she is doing, it typically doesn’t end well.
There are some exceptions to the rule, but they are few and far between. When we act on something without understanding, we leave ourselves open to chance. And I’d be willing to bet we’ve all tasted the kind of chance that the world has to offer. It leaves a bad taste in the mouth, and a foul smell in the nostrils.
The verse above is eluding to the thought, that should the man have understood what he was getting himself into, he never would have agreed to do it. He wouldn’t have become surety in the presence of his friend. That presence of his friend is also a witness to the action.
In the presence of two or three witnesses shall a thing be established. The man, the friend, and whoever else is striking hands makes three. So, Biblically speaking, this guy just put himself in a position of surety, without understanding what’s going on. Never a good plan.
Many of us don’t take the time to think things through the way we should. Or, we might not figure out the right questions to even ask, about whatever a thing may be. Sometimes, we may think we can get away with a pinch of understanding, and move forward with whatever the case may be.
There’s a variety of different flavors of misery that can come, by taking actions on something that we don’t understand. And sometimes, we may only know enough about something, for it to be dangerous!
Nobody knows it all, but we should be honest with ourselves and others about what we understand, and especially don’t understand. When presented with something, it’s far better to gain a firm grip on understanding any given situation or topic, before taking any step or action.
From a different angle, we should be treating the Word the same way. I get a bit uneasy declaring something from the Word, unless I understand it. Especially with all of the writing I’ve done in books and the website. There are things that I’m still waiting for answers on, so that I fully understand what’s going on before I release it, or even get to writing about it.
Personally, I believe that when you get stuck on a piece of scripture, and you find that you’re having a hard time wrapping your mind around it, that should be a red flag, that it’s time to pause and study that section however you can, until you’re settled in the spirit about it.
Talk to the Lord about it, ask him to help you, and to increase your understanding. We don’t want to be caught doing spiritual things without understanding what we’re doing, any more than the physical things.
Related New Testament Scripture
Luke 24: King James Bible
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
1 Corinthians 14: King James Bible
20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
Ephesians 1: King James Bible
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.
2 Timothy 2: King James Bible
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Thank you for your Word, and for every lesson you have in store for each of us through it. Open the eyes of our understanding as we traverse through your Word, and your will. Also, please help us to apply this understanding to our day to day lives, and in all of our comings and goings. All so that we should do things wisely, fully understanding what we’re doing, or need to do for any given circumstance. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever gone through with something while being void of understanding?
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