One of the greatest forms of wisdom is being able to learn a lesson without actually having to go through it yourself. So people are gluttons for pain, and want to experience every heartache and difficulty for themselves. It isn’t enough that they saw someone get hurt jumping off the bridge, they want to experience it for themselves.
Kent Hovind used the illustration of a person getting their head run over by a semi-truck. You don’t have to experience it to know that it is a bad idea, and the consequences are not going to be good.
God has given some basic instructions for following Him, and the blessings for following and curses for rejecting it are made very clear. We could build the argument that the blessings and curses are made just as clear as jumping off a bridge and getting your head run over by a semi-truck.
Jehu was commanded by God to kill all of Ahab’s house. He conspires to kill a lot of people… I mean A LOT! Ahab was killed in battle, but Jezebel, his 70 sons, and all that pertain unto the house of Ahab were killed by Jehu. This was a judgment for the great wickedness of King Ahab. Ahab refused to serve the Lord, and instead chose to get his head run over by a semi!
It just makes sense that Jehu would learn for this lesson, and make a decision to serve the Lord with all his heart. Instead, Jehu walks in all the sin of every other despot that sat upon the throne in the Northern Kingdom. Eventually, God will judge Jehu too. Jehu is the one king in the North we get a little glimmer of hope for. He obeys the Lord, kills the prophets of Baal, and seems to be headed down the right track. But he decides he wants to try this, “get your head run over thing” too.
There are some things in life that you do not have to try to know they are bad for you. There are clear decisions that can be made based off the experiences of others. Observation can be one of the greatest wealth springs of wisdom. How did it turn out for the other guy that did the same thing?
There are plenty of people in the Scriptures and in real life that have tried living sinful, and it just never works out. We also have tons of examples of those who went all in with the Lord, and it always was accompanied with blessings. Why not learn from these lessons.
Instead of painfully learning all the lessons firsthand, why not use wisdom and learn some lessons from those who have been there and done that.
Today make a decision to hear the voice of wisdom from those who declare, “Serve the Lord, I did, and it is worth it”!
Daily Scripture Reading
2 Kings 10 - 11
2 Kings 11:17
And Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD and the king and the people, that they should be the LORD'S people; between the king also and the people.