Thursday, September 11, 2014

Right Choices

“When you come to a ‘fork’ in the road, take it,” is an oft quoted bit of advice from Yogi Berra. It has brought a smile to the face of many when they first heard it. But if you listen to what he is saying, it’s rather dangerous.

“Wherever you want to go, is OK. Just follow your own path and enjoy life,” is what I think he is suggesting. But, is following our own self-designed path the best thing we can do with the life God has given us?

God gave us His Proverbs for us to have His understanding to know right from wrong. In fact, if we go back to a conversation between God and Solomon, his first request was for the gift of insight to discern right from wrong. Solomon, at that time, wanted to honor God with his whole heart. He knew that honoring would be difficult without God’s insight to guide him. What a wise request.

Perhaps he saw his father, David, struggling with his humanity when he had to choose right from wrong. Perhaps he saw his father grieve over a poor decision that cost someone their life. Perhaps he saw his father deal with guilt when he did not ask God for guidance. There was something deep within him that challenged him to “be insightful, or discerning.” So, he asked God for this gift, and when he understood and applied it in his life, he recognized its value and wanted to pass it on for us to use in our lives.     

God has given us the only resource we need to be discerning: His Word. If we choose to honor Him we can find directions in His Word. Life is safe with Him, within.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, we know that You will guide us and guard us if we are obedient to Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 1:4 for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young—

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