MAY 2024


Recently, I have been on a leadership course. It was interesting, looking at human behaviour – what motivates people, how people react in situations, how they work together. On the last day, the trainer was summing up and said something very interesting – ‘We’ve looked at several theories during the course. Many you would have seen before and most have been around a long time. That is because, though the world is changing, the way humans behave hasn’t. Which is why so much of what these theories say can be found in ancient Greek philosophy, the Bible and the Koran.’ The trainer was not religious, but he recognised the Bible spoke the truth about human behaviour. Because the Bible, of these three, is by far the oldest. The Bible is the original text book on human behaviour. Are we surprised? Well, we shouldn’t be, as it was written by the Creator!

In April, we read the book of Proverbs, full of these truisms regarding how humans behave. Just looking at two verses of one chapter, we see such wisdom:

Proverbs 27, v. 1 – ‘Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.’

The wisdom of this is picked up twice in the New Testament. First, by James, 4:13-15: ‘Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” ‘

And by our Lord in the parable of building bigger barns, or, in the opposite, Matt. 6:34: ‘”Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.’

Pro. 27:2: ‘Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.’

Again, picked up by our Lord, I am sure, in the teaching of taking the lower place and being called up higher in Luke 14.

If even the secular world recognises the huge insights in how we act contained in the Bible, then certainly we should and really read these words. A chapter in Proverbs is often too much to take in, but just read a verse or two when you get a moment, and absorb the wisdom of our God.


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