Have you cared for a child who eats dirt? No matter how I warned him and hoped to protect him, my son would sometimes give me a dirty smile like he was having the greatest fun sampling our backyard turf.
My little guy would lash out when I ran my finger through his mouth to remove the debris, protesting the injustice he endured. Sometimes it was a real battle.
He did lose his taste for it when he got older, after several episodes of intense abdominal pains that left him writhing on the carpet.
“A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the Lord” (Proverbs 19:3 NIV).
I can think of other examples when I blamed God for something that was the result of my own decisions, and when I’ve asked “Why didn’t he prevent this from happening to me?”
“Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise” (verse 20).
It’s good to listen to the advice from someone who may know a little more than I do. It could save me from a few belly-aches.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis