Monuments to Stupidity

There is a church, whose identity shall remain anonymous, that has a monument to stupidity. It is a massive blob of chaotically shaped, hardened concrete. I can’t remember all of the details, but the monument to stupidity was constructed because of the church’s carelessness. They ordered a load of concrete, but because they could not agree on some critical matters of the project, the site was not ready on the day the concrete arrived. No one cancelled the order. Because it is impossible to return a load of mixed concrete, it had to be dumped. And so, on the edge of their property stands for all to see, the monument to stupidity.

We all have our monuments to our not so stellar moments. Decisions made carelessly often lead to monuments of stupidity. God’s people have no excuse for such monuments. The Bible is a wealth of wisdom (Psalm 119:105). Furthermore James teaches, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him (James 1:5).” We see that this promise became true in the life of Solomon:

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you (1 Kings 3:5).”

“Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people (1 Kings 3:9)?”

“It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you (1 Kings 3:10-12).”

The Lord loves to guide. He desires for His people to be wise. He has given us an open opportunity to pray for guidance, a record of His will in Scripture, and the Holy Spirit. We have no excuse to be careless. When it comes time to make a decision, ask good questions from good sources and consult God’s Word prayerfully. The time invested in waiting for wisdom before making a decision just might save you the construction cost of your next monument to stupidity.


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