242. Learn From Their Mistakes and Fear Not

Jeremiah 3:8 NKJV Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also.

One way to avoid calamity and fearful circumstances is to learn from the mistakes of others. At a time when the Children of Israel had divided into two kingdoms Israel and Judah, Israel had begun to worship the gods of other nations, backslid and opened themselves up to all kinds of fearful circumstances like drought, crop failure, debilitating attacks from their enemies and more. Judah saw the horrors that befell them yet did not learn from their mistakes and instead chose to follow Israel’s bad example and become snared by idols and false gods too.

Time and time again I’ve watched people follow in the footsteps of others leading to disaster. They watched their friends or family members make horrible decisions that put them in the hospital, jail, debt, or on the street only to do the same things themselves. They’d say, “I know what I’m doing. That won’t happen to me.” But sometime later, there they’d be in the same circumstance and full of fear not knowing what to do next.

I’ve seen it with crime, drugs, adultery, and over and over again I’ve seen it with college students getting credit cards. No matter how many times the news runs the stories of college students and their massive credit card debt nor their older cousins, brothers, sisters or family members that they see still in financial bondage and living in fear of answering the phone because of creditors calling, students keep charging up debt they can’t pay on credit cards and find themselves in the same situation.

Listen up. When people are making stupid decisions don’t be stupid too. Learn from the mistakes of others. You don’t have to live in or experience the same problems, failures, or fears of others. Many of them can be avoided all together by simply not repeating the same disastrous decisions of others. Many fear inducing circumstances are absolutely avoidable. When you see people living in fear and know how they got in that situation, do NOT follow in their footsteps. Learn from their mistakes and Fear Not!

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