Proverbs 27: King James Bible
Where’s My Place – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty seven, Verse 8
8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Where’s My Place
Above, the Lord is giving us a great analogy about the consequences of a man that wanders from his place. However to some, it might not be too clear what that place might be. At least pertaining to a single person with no kids.
Before tackling the question of where our place is that the Lord may be talking about, let’s think about a mother bird wandering away from her nest. What are the ramifications of doing so?
If there is young, the problem becomes fairly obvious. They won’t have any source for food, and they’ll starve out. They may be more likely to fall away from the nest and wind up in harm’s way. The nest and the chicks will become far more vulnerable to predators. It isn’t difficult to imagine any of these (and maybe other woes) that would befall what the mother bird has left behind.
If a bird strays from the nest without having any young, the consequences are a bit different. They could lose their nest to another bird, be blown over due to lack of attention and weather, etc.. In fact, as I type this there is a fallen nest in my back yard. Point being, things become a bit more difficult for the wandering bird.
Above are the consequences that we should think about, as the Lord gives us this as an example of how men should think about their place.Whether or not you have a family to think and worry about, everyone has a place. The Lord has made it so, as he has a plan for every life out there.
What is my place with my kids?
To be a father. Seems pretty simple really, because the answer to that question is that simple. Even still, there are so many kids that have no father to rely on for anything, and for no good reason. When I say “good reason,” I mean some form of tragedy such as death.
We can come up with as many excuses as we’d like to complicate the issue, but the reality is that kids need their father’s to be fathers. Unfortunately as the years progress people are forgetting what a father is even supposed to be.
This is the tale of father’s straying from their place, when they don’t really understand their place. More often than not, this is a side effect from straying from the Lord, his Word, his principals, moral structure, and his example. All of which has been on a downward spiral for decades.
Is it any surprise that divorce rates are what they are? Or the percentage of absentee fathers being at astronomical levels? I’m reminded of something I heard many years ago from someone who was doing some work in a prison ministry.
He said that the letters going out for Mother’s Day was astronomical, yet when Father’s Day came around only a couple of letters would go out from the prison. Give that some thought. Our Heavenly Father thinks being a father is a big deal, I’d venture to say more so than most of us do.
What is my place if I don’t have kids or a family?
Your place is to be wherever the Lord puts you, and to deal with whatever the Lord has set your hand to do. He has established through his Word (many times in Proverbs alone), that we all have a path that the Lord God himself has blazed before us.
We need to work in conjunction with him in order to stay on that path, and receive his guidance when that path isn’t easily discernible. All very important reasons to get to know the Lord, and come to a prayerful, Spirit led understanding of his Word and expectations.
He won’t likely flat out open his mouth and declare his plan for your life audibly (though we see examples of that in the Word). But when we are obedient to the Lord and do what it takes to walk faithfully onward in that obedience to him, we find ourselves exactly where he has planned for us to be.
And it is a better place than we could ever reach without him, regardless of the circumstances.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 6: King James Bible
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.
Ephesians 6: King James Bible
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Colossians 3: King James Bible
21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
Hebrews 12: King James Bible
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
Thank you for being our example of what a real father is. Help all of us who are fathers (or fathers to be), to learn from you concerning fatherhood, and to follow your instruction over the matters of raising our kids. Also Lord, please lead us down the path that you have blazed before us, and teach us to keep guard, so that we don’t go wandering away from the place that you’ve established for us.These things we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever thought to take situations to the Lord asking, “where’s my place in this matter?”
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