Raging Against All Wise Judgment
With fall fast approaching, I've been thinking a lot about the Community Groups that are starting soon at New Covenant. You can check these out here if you want, but that's not the point of this post and I hope you keep reading.
Community Groups are a small gathering of people who are in the process of growing closer to God and to others through Bible study, prayer, and of course food. If you have ever attended a church, you have probably attended a group similar to these Community Groups. These groups are very important to the church that I pastor and to my life as well. I enjoy inviting people into my home and into my life. It can be uncomfortable and awkward at times, but it is worth the effort and energy.
As I was reading the Bible this morning, I came across a scripture in Proverbs that relates to the importance of being in community and it also made me laugh. I want to share it with you and talk about it for a moment.
"A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment." Proverbs 18:1
We will isolate ourselves from others so that we can do what we want without anyone telling us what to do. If you want to live your life without other people, or God, interfering, then isolation is your only option.
Unfortunately, it's a lonely life and it will cause bitterness and anger.
I think this is why we see in Proverbs that those who have isolated themselves rage against wise judgment. Another way of putting this is lashing out at common sense. If you offer some common sense help to someone and they begin lashing out or raging, chances are they are in need of community.
So what can be done if you have offered some wise advice and a friend bit your head off? Be intentional about making time to understand what is going on with your friend. They withdrew for a reason and as a friend, you can offer two ears to listen.
So what can be done if people have offered you some wise advice and you were instantly offended and red-faced with rage? Ask for forgiveness and realize that you may need a friend or two. Ask yourself why you withdrew from community and what you need to do to stop living in isolation.
How about you? What has been the result for you when you shut everyone out? What has been the result for you when you were purposely involved in community?
Until Monday, Josh