Charting a Course: Where to from here? Part Three

Where were we? Oh, yes. Confronting complacency. I had made the mistake of mindlessly trusting my smart phone, and, to mix metaphors, discovered that someone had moved my cheese!

But technology is only a problem when we allow it to lull us into a false sense of security. That’s when we stop paying attention and enter the complacency zone, the habitat of fools (Proverbs 1:32).

So how can complacency derail wisdom in our present situation? In one of two ways. Either we don’t pay attention, attempting to distract ourselves until “things get back to normal,” or else we become COVID-19 junkies, choose our gurus, and follow them mindlessly.

Both of those paths are wisdom killers because they dull our ability to think and choose. Many are just trying to hang on, pass the time, and survive the boredom, waiting for it all to be over. Their error is assuming that this is not real life, but rather an interruption of it.

Others have surrendered to the complacency of blind acquiescence. They have heard “just follow the science,” without knowing that all scientists have not agreed. They breathlessly await government’s permission to return to work, not realizing that may not mean a return to normal.

This is precisely where wisdom shines! Because it is rooted in God, we are neither distracted by pleasure nor disturbed by the state. Because we trust Him, we know we need not fear, regardless of the price of gas, the mood of the market, or the value of the dollar.

And because we are made in His image, He has gifted us with resources, creativity and one another. He equips us to thrive, not just survive. Our job is to pay attention, and remember that even though we are in uncharted territory, we are right where God wants us to be. His Map is precise, His Compass true.

Wisdom makes one wise man more powerful
than ten rulers in a city. Ecclesiastes 7:19
“Father, teach us your ways and wisdom’s power in these days.
In Jesus’ name. Amen”

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