Daily Devotional 3-25-20

Hey, this is pastor Brandon. Thank you so much for tuning in today. I just want us to turn our attention for just a moment to some wisdom in the book of Proverbs.

One of my favorite proverbs, Proverbs 13:20 says, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (ESV).

Now, if you ever go to a fish market and observe a catch of fresh crabs, you may find it odd that the fishermen often keep these crabs piled one on top of another in a large bucket without a lid. With their long arms and claws, it appears that these crabs could easily climb up on top of each other, work together, and get out of the bucket and escape, but they don’t. 

These crabs never get out of the bucket. They try, but they can’t escape.

Why is that?

You see, when a crab rises to the top to escape, the other crabs will reach up, grab it, and pull it back down. They hold each other down. 

Now, you may have noticed, but there are a lot of crabby people out there. Am I right?

If you surround yourself with the wrong kind of people, these crabby people, they’re going to hold you down just like the crabs. And that’s kind of what Proverbs 13:20 is warning us about. 

If you surround yourself with foolish, crabby people, you will suffer harm. They will hold you down. Peer pressure and negative influences, they’re not just something that teenagers face. That’s also something that adults are going to deal with as well. 

But unlike crabs, not all people will hold you down. And that’s the beauty of this proverb. If you surround yourself with wise people, you too will become wise. You don’t have to suffer with the fools. 

So here’s your challenge today: Look at the relationships in every area of your life and ask yourself, are these people wise or are they foolish? 

And this doesn’t just apply to people in the room with you. So if you can’t get around other people in the room, for many of us, this might just mean taking an inventory of the people we’re listening to on the news, or the people were listening to and following on social media. Their negativity and their toxic ways of thinking could be affecting you far more than you know.

So if you keep hanging around fools, harmful things are coming your way. So get out of the bucket, get away from the crabs, and spend your time wisely with wise, godly people. And if you can’t be around them in person, pick up a good book, a podcast, or better yet, grab your Bible and soak up some wisdom surrounding yourself with wise people and wise thinking.