MAY 22 - Proverbs 22 and Luke 12:54-57

MAY 22 - PROVERBS 22:3 and LUKE 12:54-57
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"A prudent man forseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished."
Proverbs 22:3
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Signs of the Times
"And He said also to the people, 
When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, there cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the sound wind blow, ye say, There will be heat, and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?"
Luke 12:54-57
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Illustration with 22 - A tricky but excellent sketch. I darken the numbers so they don't get lost in the illustration and turn the page a quarter. With the first #2, I create the formation of a cloud (symbol of rain in the west /*Remember we're situated in Israel). The second #2, I sketch a sun (use the hook of the 2 for the sun and make a full circle and utilize the base as a ray with additional rays added all around it. In this way we remember that, just as weather patterns provide a helpful forecast; in like manner God's word provides us with an eternal forecast.
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Before planes fly, trains ride the rail, buses pick up children, and vehicles head to work, a forecast of the weather has been observed and dictated. We monitor our activities and conduct our lives based on earthly predictions; this is part of intelligent living.
Days and hours before impending weather arrives, warnings are given in advance, in an effort to procure safety to the general population.
We take them seriously and respond accordingly.
Why then, asserts the scripture, are we ridiculously elementary in our methods for securing realities pertaining to our soul's final and eternal destination?
Why do we give more heed to the percent of rain in tomorrow's forecast than the state of our soul moving toward an eternity?
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"A prudent man forseeth the evil, and hideth himself ..."
Hmmm.
Mr. Webster tells me that the stuffy, musty sounding word prudent means to act wisely and display care and thought for the future; the word may sound outdated and starchy but the defining is magnificent.
Prudent individuals are wise individuals invested in eternity.
They have a marked discernment and an internal wisdom acquired through communion and constancy with Christ. They take Him very serious and live their lives in a way that suggests eternity is right around the corner:
They can feel it, sense it, recognize it, and discern it everywhere they look.
Prudent individuals find security and shelter in God's word:
They hide in it,
Rest in it,
Abide in it,
And attest to it.
They are intelligent spiritual weather men.
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Tomorrow's spiritual weather forecast has been given you in advance, my friend.
If you don't read it, don't expect to recognize the signs, and don't expect to be prepared.
The forecast for the prudent reads clear, bright and sunny ... with the light of eternity beckoning from heaven.
The forecast for the slumbering reads cloudy, dark, and dreary ... with an eternity to bleak and black to imagine called hell.
Both places have been prepared and foretold in advance.
Know the forecast; it's in God's word.
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To be prudent ... this is what we desire, Lord.
To be granted wisdom, discernment, and the ability to read the "signs" of an approaching eternity. Let us not be found negligent in eternal matters but let us prove able and worthy stewards of the Word that you have entrusted us with.
Let us be found watching, waiting, and expectant of Your return.
Shake lose and rid us of the spirit of apathy, laziness, and lethargy and develop within us passion, purity, and purpose.
Let today's forecast begin with the promises of Your word ...
And let the evening's conclusion end the same.
To You be all glory.
Amen.
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THREE QUESTIONS:
1) Select one individual who is purposefully engaged in meaningful spiritual conquest and get very near them. The effects of one "such" person has eternal and far-reaching consequence.
Men with men; women with women.
2) Maintain a spiritual journal that allows you to see "weather patterns" of God's workings in your life and those around you.
3) Meditate and memorize the scripture ... and let it begin the day's forecast.