Look Before You Leap!

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Look Before You Leap!

Jeremiah 6:16

2015 Frieda P. Smith

My friends, we are good at what we call “Monday morning quarterbacking”. You know, after the game is over, we sit around talking about what we should have done. The play we should have ran. What we should have saw coming. What we should have noticed. The player on the field we should have scouted.  In reality, we could have avoided all of that had we looked before we leapt. In other words, we should have carefully considered where we were headed instead of just walked into it without a thorough inspection.

However, I have learned—the hard way—that it pays to do what the prophet declared BEFOREHAND in Jeremiah 6:16, “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it.”

Here in the text, the people of God were going to pay the price for their wrong moves. At that particular time, life was one big party. Yet, unless they turned it around, the same people who were delivered by God from captivity in Egypt were headed into captivity by the Babylonians once again.

My friends, it is sad to head into captivity when you do not have to. It is sad to find yourself back in bondage when you could have avoided it.

All they had to do was “Stand in the ways and see.”

Can we keep it real a moment? Our biggest mistake is that we do not take the time to stand back and see what is going on or look things over before we make a decision.

Think about it…everything is “drive thru” or “express lane”. We’re not left with much time to do anything before the cashier says, “next.” People in line behind us get an attitude when we take too long to count our money at the ATM. Their attitude is “If you wanted to count your money you should have went to the teller inside the bank!”

They are ready to fight in the car behind us if we check our bag to make sure all of our food is in it before we pull away from the window at Burger King.

Because we have been conditioned to do everything quickly, we often do not take the time to “stand in the ways and see.”

However, my friends, it is one of the biggest tricks of the enemy to rush us into a decision. The enemy does not want us to see what he is trying to hide. Jesus warned us in John 10:10 when He declared, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy….”  The thief–who is satan–wants us to leap into relationships and friendships with people based solely on their looks, habits (at the moment), or “source of income” (which by the way can dry up at any given moment).  It is satan’s desire to sneak someone into your life who will steal your joy, kill your dreams, and destroy your witness.

Heed the word of the prophet. “Stand in the ways and see…”

Look before you leap!

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