Day 19, Proverbs 19:3

Proverbs 19:3

"When a man's folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the LORD." ESV

In the geo-historical context of the Proverbs, belief in YHWH as the sovereign was ubiquitous. For people in our context today, not so much. One thing hasn't changed, though. People still rage against who/what they see as the sovereign over life. For a lot of people, this is the "establishment," or "system." People rage against institutions and the status-quo. Entitlement thinking is pervasive - and when things go wrong in a person's life, it is easy to point the finger upward, whether we think there is a God above or not.

Regardless of who or what we think is in control of our lives, there are two truths that emerge in this proverb. 1: When we complain about our lives, we are raging against God. 2: When we rage against God (or whatever "higher power" we think is wrecking our life), we are blame-shifting. 

There are exceptions to the rule, but the rule still stands: the one who ruins a fool's life is the fool himself. The second rule is like it: he refuses to accept responsibility. 

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