12 There is a way that seems right to a person,
but its end is the way to death. (Proverbs 14:12 CSB)
Luckily, we have been given clear indicators when we are on the road as to what is the right way. Be it the which side to drive on, if a street is one way, road signs to point the way, and on and on.
But in life we tend to take a way that seems right to each of us. But often these paths do not necessarily end up where we expected to be.
I have met few people who decided at a young age what they would do then focused on nothing else until they achieved it and then did not deviate in some way. Life is like that, it tends to take us down paths least expected.
But one path we can count on one hundred percent of the time; Gods way. When we are unclear on which way, ask God to show you His way and know you are on the perfect path.
4 Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
To take delight in something is to see it in both how we think and how we feel in a positive way. I give this explanation because we tend to see the second half of this verse without understanding the first.
When we “delight ourselves in the Lord”, we are putting His desires before our own so that His desires become the desires of our heart.
Everything flows from this.
7 For none of us lives for himself, and no one dies for himself. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. (Romans 14:7-8 CSB)
This can be a difficult scripture to understand. Ultimately, we live and die for the Lord.
Many want to live for Him, but few want to die for Him.
Yet, what this strives to convey is our lives are not our own if we profess to believe. We have, as believers, given our lives up for Christ. In doing so, whether we live or die is of less consequence than how we live. And to live is to live in Christ.
Thus, each day should be an endeavor to fulfill our calling in Christ.
19 “Don’t store up for yourselves treasures[a] on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. (Matthew 6:19 CSB)
Whether we are talking about the materialism of getting more, more, more or we are talking about financial means there must be a reasonable process for accumulation.
This is more difficult today as everything cost so much more and even retirement seems like a pipe dream for many.
But if we start off with a simple concept that we pay God first with our tithe, then we pay ourselves something to save, then pay our bills we will find that the numbers work out. I have lived by this rule passed along by my father and it has served my family well.
We have lived with much and we have lived with little and God has seen us through everything. It is impossible to out give God and he has great things to do with your resources.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’s knees and said, “Go away from me, because I’m a sinful man, Lord!” (Luke 5:8 CSB)
So often I feel like Peter. Just wanting the Lord to go away from me because I am a sinful man.
But that is not the God we serve. No. He is a God of compassion and love. He comes close when we expect him to be far away from us. We are like dirty rags yet He comes near to us and wants us to feel his love.
When we feel at our worst he is always at his best. Ready to come close and relieve our fears, our sins and our darkened hearts.
We cannot live at our best when God is not near.
9 For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,[a] 10 so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God, (Colossians 1:9-10 CSB)
Life can feel so random. When we walk without understanding through this life we are blown this way and that, unsure what is the right way.
Furthermore, our moral compass needs a rudder to assure us that we are making good decisions and walking in a way that is worthy and pleasing.
So how do we find this level of guidance, this perfect GPS on our journey?
Word & Spirit – through reading the scripture and listening to the Spirit we can gain a proper perspective on life and our journey through it: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.
2 How long, exalted ones,[a] will my honor be insulted?
How long will you love what is worthless
and pursue a lie? (Psalm 4:2 CSB)
There is something fascinating about just sitting quietly and listening to the world around us. Not only from the aspect of a need for quiet meditation and listening to God, but also to discern all of the worthlessness and lies that assail us daily.
If we do not stop and truly listen we cannot hope to discern right from wrong. We cannot hope to improve the world in which we live by being a ray of truth and light in a dark world.
How long will we simply accept all that comes at us and not do the work to read the Word and seperate right from wrong?