6 And in
my prosperity [shelev] I said ['amar], I shall
never [`owlam] be moved [mowt]. KJV-Interlinear
6 Now as
for me, I said in my prosperity, "I will never be moved." NASB
One of the greatest mistakes that anyone can make, is in getting comfortable in their way of life. And that is what the word for prosperity, ‘shelev,’ means here. It stands for security, comfort, contentment, at ease with ones beliefs, all of which are false, and therefore lull one into a false sense of complacency.
And when you become content with your beliefs, then you become less alert to your errors and then more rigid in your thinking.
And the phrase, ‘I shall never be moved,’ is that rigidity of attitude that almost always prevents you from discovering your errors.
When you come from a background of culture, or religion, or a belief system that you have been brought up with and have come to know, then it is often times difficult to break out of that mold. Culture and familiarity are powerful traps that can prevent your eyes form seeing the truth, or even questioning your own beliefs, and making a change to leave behind that which you are used to, is likewise nearly impossible.
But, only truth and the repeated exposure of learning truth, can give you the discernment and understanding and wisdom to make that change, in confidence, and without the stress or worries of leaving the old habits behind while avoiding the guilt of somehow betraying family and such.
Being comfortable with ones attitude, too, is a trap that prevents learning. If you believe that you already know something, then you are not likely to question your own beliefs. And therefore, you do not pursue learning or objectivity.
And that is probably the single biggest trap of false confidence, which leads to spiritual failure due to not pursuing knowledge.
Failure to question, failure to ask, at least within your own mind, leads to failure to study daily the scriptures, and that disables the advancement of your spiritual life. And that leads to a false sense of contentment and accomplishment. You think you have arrived, when you haven’t even begun.
The daily studies of bible doctrine should always be pursued with questions, pondering, asking, wondering, measuring, and especially comparing all that is true against all that is false. And the more that you learn and come to know, then the more you are able to ask and compare and therefore understand. And of course then to be able to escape the traps of false beliefs, of cultural constraints, of not even asking the right questions, or not even asking questions at all.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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