"The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence." Proverbs 14:16 NLT
Once again we see a contrast in this week's verse. The contrast is between the wise and the fool and the indicative behavior of both. Someone who is wise is cautious, the fool is reckless. Most of us (at least as adults) will resist the urge to chase a ball into a city street without first looking for cars. Many of us can still hear those words from someone wise "Look both ways before crossing the street." We have heard it enough times, and maybe even observed the tragedy of violating the instruction, to have a cautious behavior when walking into a street.
It is wise to apply caution in our lives, especially where danger may lurk. We wash our hands to avoid germs from others, wear seat belts to avoid injury in an accident, and use a mitt to take hot food out of the oven. We know how to be cautious, yet sometimes we run towards danger rather than away. A flirtatious office conversation, new items we cannot afford, or another drink when we have had enough are just a few examples of areas where the wise turn away and fools rush in. There is an English idiom that might come to mind. While sometime inaccurately attributed to the Bible, the line For fools rush in where angels fear to tread was first written by Alexander Pope in his 1711 poem An Essay on Criticism. The phrase alludes to inexperienced or rash people attempting things that more experienced people avoid. A poetic observation of a biblical truth.
This week be wise and be cautious. Turn away from evil, don't be reckless and run into danger.
In His Hands,