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verse 15: “The naive believes everything, But the prudent man considers his steps.”

A memorable scene from the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was the one in which Indy was braving the corridor to the Holy Grail. The corridor has 3 tests or traps, according to his father’s notes. His father, dying from a gunshot wound at the entrance of the corridor, is recalling his notes, just as Indy is thinking through them. The second test, the name of God, brings Indy to a section of floor with letters carved in them. Indy reasons he must step on the letters in the proper order to safely cross; the name of God being Jehovah, he steps confidently on the “J”…and almost tumbles into a chasm underneath the crumbling letter. He realizes (as his father is reciting this knowledge to himself), that in Latin, Jehovah is spelled with an “I”. Thankfully, Indy remembers too, steps on the “I” and the following letters, and safely crosses.

My Ryrie Bible has a footnote on this, ironically stating that “the prudent man looks before he leaps”. (and for those who watched the movie, I could draw an analogy to the third test Indy faced, as well). We go through life, it seems, believing everything we hear or read. Naively, we go on that knowledge alone, and sometimes it costs us dearly. The prudent man “considers his steps”…he takes the time to check out information or verify the knowledge. We have a tested source of knowledge that we can tap every day…it’s God Word, that He has provided for our guidance throughout life’s steps. We also have the Source of that Book, the Author Himself, to consult in prayer. His Name is Jehovah, Yahweh, the great I AM. He is the Lord God Almighty. Why not consider talking to Him today…before you take that next step?

Have a blessed day!

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