Proverbs 30: King James Bible
Where are we Going? – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty, Verses 18-19
18 There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: 19 The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Where are we Going?
In the verse above, Agur is eloquently describing four things that leave no trace of where they’ve been, nor show any signs of their destination. Let’s talk about why the Lord would have this for us to chew on.
We’ll find that where we are going isn’t truly known until we get there. We are also going to understand why trust in the Lord is far more important than where we’re going.
Everything is Going Somewhere
We’re given four very different examples of things that are in motion. All of which use different methods to move.
The eagle is flying, the snake is slithering, the boat is sailing, and the couple are walking (presumably). Four different modes of transportation. This is important because the point being made, is that it doesn’t make any difference.
All are in motion, have been somewhere and is heading to somewhere.
Leaving No Trace
Something all of the four examples have in common, is the lack of trace-ability. Agur was careful to give or leave out details that bring us to this conclusion.
There are times where we can’t see where things have come from. No matter what you choose as an example, there are places where even a tank leaves no evidence of its passing through. Even the wake of the largest ship in the sea succumb to the waves and disperse.
There’s no trail that can be seen by the naked eye that a bird leaves behind, right? Yet it had to have come from somewhere.
He made sure to specify that the snake is slithering across a rock. If it was in the dirt it would leave a track, but on a rock it leaves no trace.
As aforementioned, a ship’s trail is dispersed quickly. No evidence of its passing, not indicator of its original starting point.
The man with a maid is probably something that we can relate to a bit better than the others. We can catch this in real time if we felt like it.
Think about a city or a busy town. I’m thinking of Manhattan right now. Every clip I’ve seen of Time square, or when I’ve been there, there’s never a shortage of people walking around.
Have you ever wondered where they’re all coming from? You’ve got no clue unless you happen to have caught them wandering out of a building.
Where are they Headed?
Thinking of just about any example (certainly with the four above), do we know where anything is headed? Even when we do unmistakably, do we know for certain that it’ll get there?
With any of the four examples above, there’s no telling where anything is going. Sure, a guess can be made, even an educated guess. But who can say?
Just because a bird is flying towards a tree, doesn’t mean that’s were it intends to go. Perhaps it’ll land somewhere just prior to or just after the tree.
A boat can be pointed in a particular direction that would lead us to believe that it intends to stop at a particular harbor. Well, we don’t know that it isn’t avoiding rocks or other obstacles, right? We’re just guessing because of what we can observe.
Where’s that snake going? We can guess a handful of things, but the answer is we don’t know.
What about the couple? Are they simply on an afternoon stroll, or do they have an appointment of some sort? Who knows but them?
Agur is being honest about his ignorance, something that is every bit as useful as being in the know. When we’re honest about not knowing something, we keep ourselves out of the pit of trying to explain our way either into or out of something we’re clueless about.
Plus, being honest about our ignorance leaves us open to the fact that we need to learn a thing or two. Being dishonest about ignorance is a fairly common symptom of arrogance and pride. On top of that it’s lying, which last I checked isn’t how the Lord would have us to be.
Or, we know just enough to be dangerous. We know the tip of the iceberg about a topic, and assume that there’s no more that needs to be learned. Making judgement calls on limited knowledge lands in an undesirable outcome more often than not.
Isn’t it a curious thing how willing we can be to place trust in assumptions and guesses? Does anyone else know where we’ve been individually as well as we do? Only the Lord.
Does anyone else know our trajectory in life, and the contents of our heart the way we do? No, only the Lord.
Can any one of us say with certainty where we’ll be in a year? Nobody can say it with certainty as if foreknowing. Only the Lord knows what’s coming in our own individual futures.
Knowing that nobody else knows exactly what it’s like to walk in our shoes as ourselves, where we’ve been, things having been experienced, what we’re thinking, how we’re feeling, and where we’re going, perhaps it would be best to abstain from assuming that we know these things of others?
It’s perfectly okay to be honest, even if the honest answer is “I don’t know.” We need to place our trust in the one who does know, which is the Lord God Almighty.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 7: King James Bible
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
Matthew 11: King James Bible
16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, 17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. 19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
Luke 6: King James Bible
36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
John 7: King James Bible
24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
John 8: King James Bible
15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.
John 8: King James Bible
19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.
Thank you for placing the above verses into your Word, and for preserving it for us to glean from. You know where we’ve all been, and you foreknow where we are going. Please prevent us from altering the course that you’d will for us to be on. Also, may we always keep in our remembrance, that only you know the contents of everyone’s heart, and that it isn’t our place to do things and make assumptions over others that we’re not qualified or sanctioned to make. Help us all to be honest with ourselves as it relates to things we don’t know, to prevent us from being snared up and bring things upon our own heads that shouldn’t have been there. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Where are we going if all we do is watch where others are going?
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