Don’t be complacent about life!

The Second Law of Thermodynamics says that “entropy increases.”

In practical terms, what that means is that anytime things are just left to themselves, they will automatically tend toward more and more disorder over time.

Well, that’s how life is! When my life is not organized around any plan or purpose, disorder will automatically increase as time goes on. But that’s not what God intends for our lives.

BibleProverbs 3:21-22 (NIV) My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; 22 they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.

The Hebrew word translated “discernment” signifies forethought or planning. God is telling us that if we are going to be successful in life, we can’t just go with the flow of whatever happens. If we do, we can expect more and more disorder and upheaval to occur in our lives.

We can’t afford to be complacent about life, thinking that things will “just work out.” We have no promise that they will. Entropy increases in life as well as in physics.

Instead, we’ve got to think things through in the light of God’s Word, and pray them through on the basis of His promises, to find God’s way of handling the various challenges life throws our way.

When we search the Scriptures to discover and apply God’s “sound judgment and discernment” in our daily lives, we can be sure that the wisdom He provides will bring us successfully through any situation.

Ron Franklin


About RonElFran

Ron Franklin is a graduate of Denver Seminary in Colorado, and is the now retired founding pastor of a church in Harrisburg, PA. A former engineer and manager for high-tech companies such as IBM, Ron has written extensively on matters relating to the Christian faith, modern technology, the Civil War, and African American history. You can see a selection of his articles at .
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