The Obvious Explanation

As soon as I took off the lid I noticed the issue.

Proverbs 20:1-30

Reference: “Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭20:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I picked up my water bottle first thing in the morning and sucked at the nozzle. No water came through.

I sucked harder, but still no water.

As I had taken my bottle from the fridge I thought the straw might have iced up a little. So I gave the bottle a shake and tried again. Still no water.

I looked over the nozzle trying to find a crack or a split that would stop the suction from working, but everything still looked in order.

I was so thirsty I decided I would just unscrew the top and drink straight from the bottle. As soon as I took off the lid I noticed the issue.

The straw had fallen off the nozzle into the bottle, so when I had been sucking I was only getting access to the air at the top of the bottle. I laughed at myself realising this was such a reasonable explanation for why I was not getting water.

Here I was thinking of all these unusual situations that may have happened, yet it was as simple as reattaching the straw to the nozzle.

Application: I’m finding the same kind of explanations as I read through Proverbs. So often the wisdom the writer is giving to us is really common sense.

In chapter 20:4 the writer tells us if we are lazy then we will not produce good things in the future. When this happens, however, we often look for other reasons why we have got such a result.

It reminds me that we can have Godly common sense and understand He puts many things in motion, but also allows us to make our own choices – which also means allowing us to reap the consequences.

Prayer: Lord, help me to think wisely and foresee the consequences that naturally come from my actions. Amen.

Looking at your actions today, what will be your natural consequence for the future?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.