“Preventative Maintenance”

This Weeks Meditation:  “Preventative Maintenance”
Read: Proverbs 27

When you hear the words in my title this week you probably think about your car, going to the doctor, and other types of activities to care for your possessions, health, etc..  But there are also many wise things we can do in our spiritual lives to keep us in step with God.

Proverbs is a book with many wonderful wise quotations to keep us from heading down a path that is dangerous, sinful, or harmful for us.  Proverbs 27:12 says, “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”

What Solomon is warning us about in that verse is that we need to be wise in how we live so as to prevent falling away from God or bringing on extra heartache that was not needed.  Often we can do little things along the way to prevent a larger problem down the road.  Just like with our car, our health, etc.

Pastor Andy Stanley wrote a great article recently entitled “Guardrails: Avoiding regrets in your life.”  What Andy was saying is that guardrails along the road are rarely noticed until you need one to keep you from going off the road.  They prevent you from going down an even steeper cliff when you do stray off the road.

That same concept can be applied to staying obedient to Christ, raising your children, keeping your marriage strong, and many other things in life.  If we ask God to help us we are taking the first step.  When we trust God to lead us he will keep us on the straight path and give us wisdom to save us from our own folly.

Andy Stanley writes, “Guardrails must be set intentionally—because culture’s gravitational pull is toward the very edge.”  First of all we must pray!  Pray for your family, pray for your spouse, pray for your church, pray that God will help you to keep the first things first in your life.

Second, we must be obedient to Christ.  He will help us, but we must also do our part in staying focused on his will and not our own.  The best place to start is by spending time with him in prayer each day.  He loves us and wants the best for us in this life.  His Holy Spirit can definitely help us resist that gravitational pull to the very edge.

Make it personal:  What area in your life do you need some guardrails installed?  Ask Jesus to help you with that.  Memorize Proverbs 27:12 this week and use it as preventative maintenance.  “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”

Blessings in your week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church