Proverbs for Wednesday: Don’t start it if you don’t know how it’s going to finish!

Jesus warned us about starting something that we either can’t afford or can’t finish. Specifically, building a tower, and deciding to go to war. His counsel was to first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you had enough money to complete the task. Sit down and estimate whether you have a large enough army to win a war.

Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. – Luke 14:28-33

The ” take-home ” message is ” don’t start something that you can’t afford or can’t carry through.

Today we are considering a proverb with a similar message. Don’t start something, or do something without considering the consequences……..particularly for yourself.

If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it. If a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him. – Proverbs 26:27.

We call this a prophetic proverb because it forecasts what will inevitably happen. As sure as night follows day we will suffer the consequences of our actions. As they say in the classics, “it will come back to bite you!” The simple message is don’t start digging the hole in the first place. Put the spade away. Don’t start the stone rolling, because you won’t be able to steer or control it. Consider the inevitable consequences.

This approach to various aspects of our life is God’s wisdom for us. It has a lot of life applications.


  • If I start this conversation, where will it end up?
  • If I criticise this person, will I be criticised in return?
  • If I start this relationship, will it be good for me?
  • If I commit to this investment, will it really give the return it promises?


Add your own proposed action.


# If I…

Will I ultimately be hurt by what I do or say? Best not to dig the hole or roll the stone!


PRAYER: Father as I kneel before you, please give me the discernment to see the impact of my actions on others and on myself.
Give me the capacity to evaluate my life and the things I commit to. Help me to evaluate my personal resources and how they can be used in the Kingdom.
Guide my steps in the decisions I have to make this week. In Jesus Name, Amen.

(Written by Ray Smith)

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