God gives us freedom of choice, but our choices have consequences. We are free to spend our time on our own selfish pursuits, but we may not have friends or a close family life. We are free to pursue wealth at any cost, but we may end up with lots of money and no joy in spending it. We are free to hurt ourselves or improve ourselves, build our family life or tear it down, sin or pursue righteousness, but we must live with the consequences of whatever we decide.
In the end, it is better to have wisdom and understanding than gold and silver. Have you thought about the choices you made today and in what direction they will take you? Have you thought about the potential consequences of the choices you’ve made over the past week, month or year?
Have you thought about the consequences of words? Words may appear to be harmless, merely little containers that carry ideas and thoughts. But what they carry can be deadly. Our words can destroy a mate’s self-esteem or a child’s sense of personal value. With our own words we can tear ourselves down by repeating what is negative, discouraging, or simply untrue. With our words we can discourage or frighten others or destroy their reputation. Our words may be evil and thus violate God’s holy ways for us. Words bring consequences as surely as actions do.
Determine to make choices that will produce healthy consequences.
Proverbs 16:16 – How much better it is to get skillful and godly Wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it (for death or life).