It’s not like anyone would try to stray from knowledge, but it’s strange how quickly we can slip and find ourselves in a mess. I’m reminded about this often when I read the news. Each time I hear the heart-felt, yet cliche, testimony from a family member “they would never do this” or “I can’t believe it” I am reminded of the ancient proverbial couplet:
Cease to hear instruction, my son,
and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
It’s not like anyone really tries to stray, rather it’s the consequence of failing to listen to instruction and wisdom. Unfortunately, this reminder was very personal tonight as I learned my youngest brother was arrested again. He’s been battling several years of poor choices and the consequences they involve; and just when it appeared there was some sunshine on the horizon the rains came down. We can only hope he changes this time. Meanwhile, I am awakened to the importance of seeking and listening to instruction.
Our thoughts and prayers are with my little brother tonight.