Asleep at the Wheel


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Proverbs 22:3 (KJV): “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.”

COMMENTARY: The word pre-act means to act beforehand in order to prepare for or to precede a stimulus. The word react means to act in response to a stimulus.

While we need not be filled with fear about the future, we ARE to use the sound mind that God has given us through the indwelling Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 1:17) to be aware and take pre-active steps to address the future. A classic Biblical example of PRE-ACTING is Joseph in Genesis 41, when Joseph instructs the Egyptians to pre-act by saving up for a coming famine.

A classic Biblical example of REACTING is the Centurion in Acts 27. The Holy Spirit gave Paul divine discernment about upcoming weather conditions, but the Centurion in charge chose to believe the so-called expert (the captain of the ship) instead. They proceed against Paul’s advice, and soon their smooth sailing turns into a major storm that leads to shipwreck.

APPLICATION: Sometimes storms hit your business without any advance warning. In these cases, you have no choice but to react, standing firmly on the promises of God and trusting in His providential care. Other times, your company may experience a storm that was largely self-inflicted through foolishness or ignorance. The key is to have your spiritual antenna up so that you’re receptive to wisdom. Is the Lord trying to get your company’s attention today? Are you listening? Will you foresee the evil and hide, or will you continue on your current path and be punished? James 1:5, which says “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

Joyfully yours,


For Further Exploration

For further exploration about Proverbs 1:10 (KJV),read Proverbs and Work from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.