The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. Proverbs 22:3 NIV
Satan loves to try to catch me in some sin. My emotions and desires are easily manipulated if I don’t keep my head and heart soaking in God’s word. I need other Christians to be near me so that they can give the shout out about dangers and where I can find refuge. An important first step is to realize that there are dangers to beware of in the first place. Sometimes Christians think that they are automatically protected from the assaults of their own desires or Satan’s attacks. We all need to keep our spiritual eyes open for the pitfalls so that we can avoid them. Blinkered Christians can fall into many traps.
Little birds often flock together to help them to stay safe. In the winter, they will call to each other to identify food sources at birdfeeders, and they will give alarm calls if a predator is nearby. The group works together to ensure the wellbeing of all members of the flock. We really put ourselves at risk when we don’t belong to a flock of believers. Our fellow Christians help to show us danger and bring us back to the refuge of God’s way. The simple or unwise person doesn’t look for or pay attention to good advice and pays the penalty for their misguided lifestyle. At the root of this sad outcome is a proud heart. The prudent are humble; the unwise are proud and mistakenly sure of their own ideas.