The Voices That Lead to a Road Called Regret

The voices of all the writers speak, plead and even clamor throughout this world. They make us laugh, they make us cry. They inspire us to be brave. They challenge us to new heights. And they also can deceive us.

We are influenced by the “in-crowd,” we are persuaded by our friends. We hear, but do we discern? We are quick to reply, to comment, to join. We act, but do we discern?

To discern means to recognize or perceive clearly. Today information is being thrown in our direction so fast that we almost begin to be swept away into a zoned out mode. And when we wake up we are on a road called “regret.”

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The good voices, the wise voices, the righteous voices are speaking, but they are crying out among the many voices that would lead us astray. Humanistic ideas come into our hearts and minds making blind spots to the biblical world view that should be firmly established in us if we’re not careful.

The Bible says we will be wise if we walk with wise men (Proverbs 13:20), but first we need to be able to discern who is wise. The purpose of the book of Proverbs is found in verses two through four of chapter one. Look at verse four:

To give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. Proverbs 1:4 NKJV

After studying, we can see that “prudence to the simple” means caution concerning practical matters is provided to the naïve, and knowledge and discretion can be gained.

There are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs, 1 chapter for every day of the month. I read Proverbs daily for awhile and began to sincerely discover that my thinking was foolish! I was naïve! I began “crying out for discernment” and “lifting up my voice for understanding” (Proverbs 2:3). Dear God, will you deliver me because I am making stupid decisions! After months of reading what was right, applying the wisdom to my life  – discretion became a new part of me.

Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you. Proverbs 2:11 NKJV

Seeing that He has “given us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (1 Peter 1:3), then everything we see, read and hear should be checked back to see if it lines up with the Word of God. (See also 2 Timothy 3:16.) We, like the Bereans, should search the scriptures daily to see if what any writer is saying is right (Acts 17:10-11). We should take the road of discernment, not of regret.

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10 thoughts on “The Voices That Lead to a Road Called Regret

  1. Kelly,
    Your words speak to my heart. I have a problem with trying to fit in by following the ‘in crowd’ at times. When I do…and I don’t
    listen to that still/quiet voice….I find myself running around and ‘herding cats’. Recently, we made some decisions that…well,
    went against the flow…and I am thankful for my husband’s lead over our family. I feel a huge burden has been taken off
    of my back! Your post…..the timing is perfect. Thank you for listening to God….so, he could…speak even louder to me!

    • At first I decided to write this post because there are all kinds of things out there that is not truth, even coming from good people. But it was more than that. It was just what you said about trying to keep up with all the things the “in crowd” does. We just can’t do everything, even if it is something for the Lord. We have to discern what God wants from us. I’m glad the post was timely. Thanks for taking the time to share your heart!

  2. I love this post Kelly! I had never thought about the blog world as a place where there is an “in-crowd” but I think you’re right. No matter how we slice it, we want to be accepted, and dressing it up with a Christian label doesn’t make something “wise”.

    I love what you said here, “The Bible says we will be wise if we walk with wise men (Proverbs 13:20), but first we need to be able to discern who is wise”. So true!

    Thanks for a wonderful post. 🙂

    • After deciding to walk with the wise when I read that verse one day years ago, I asked the question how do I know who is wise? So I began to see what Proverbs said about the wise and then looked for those same characteristics in others. There are so many today that have a blog because it’s the “thing to do,” so looking for those characteristics in those writers would be applicable.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave your thoughts!

  3. Oh that the young and old would read this post and learn to discern! I’ve seen that a lack of discernment/or wisdom is so prevalent among all ages…..and that has led to many poor choices and decisions. Then the regret comes as you said. But, thank the Lord that we can ask for wisdom and He gives liberally. Thank you for sharing this wisdom with us!

  4. Thank you for sharing this. I am one who has definitely jumped into a lot of good things that are for the Lord but find myself feeling so spread thin that I am not getting any of it. I needed to hear this so that I can ask and seek the Lord in which of these books studies blogs events God wants for ME and not just bc it’s good or what I want. I will be finding myself in proverbs very soon! God bless you;)

    • You’re right. We can get so spread thin even with good things. Sometimes God gives the wisdom to know that it’s simply a matter of scheduling, sometimes He shows us that He wants a specific thing for us and not another. I will pray that God leads you and gives you the discernment to know just what He wants. Proverbs is so life shaping! I pray God speaks volumes to you!

  5. Explained so well. Amen, Kelly! I was processing this with a friend recently. She doesn’t ever really read blogs, write, or have any calling toward this “field.” As I was sharing with her the way all this works and what I observe and what I’ve been learning, I was frustrated to only know how to say “there’s kind of an in-crowd. And kind of an expectation on how things are presented…and I’m kind of uncomfortable with it sometimes because it doesn’t all fit with the Lord I know and observe in Scripture.” SO grateful for the wisdom you’re sharing here, your humility, your Biblical base, and the kind call to check it all with God!

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