Psalm 119:105 (NLT)
105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
Imagine if Warren Buffett, Elon Musk, and Edward Witten showed up at your door and said that they were going to personally advise you for the rest of your life – and they were going to move in so they could do it 24/7/365 until you died. Think you life might change?
Following up on yesterday’s skunk theme (Life is like a skunk Proverbs 23:12 Philippians 4:19), I’d call it getting skunk proofed and then some. Would you listen to them and follow everything they told you to do? Probably I’m thinking. Well, what about Christ? Think he’s smarter than Edward Witten or Stephen Hawking? I’d put my money on Christ as the hands down smartest. How about being able to make money or create new markets? New ideas? New ways of doing things? Again, God wins hands down. It’s not even a competition.
Proverbs 1:7 (MSG)
7 Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.
Yet, thumb we do. We keep getting skunked. It stinks – bad. Really bad. And we keep going back. In the first step to learning, we fully develop an understanding that getting skunked stinks. If you don’t want to get skunked, don’t chase the skunk. Christ gives us the way to knowledge and wisdom that is greater than any human can create. Greater peace. Greater joy. Greater everything because he’s greater than anyone and anything.
Ecclesiastes 4:12New Living Translation (NLT)
12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
Knowledge, wisdom, learning – the path is lit for us. We can follow the world or we can follow Christ. We can go it alone or we can have God with us all the time. We can chase the skunk or we can chase heaven.
Pick your stink.