It was “Mom’s Day-A-Way” and Jake and Dad were having the time of their lives. As soon as she left, the games began and were non-stop until it was time for lunch.
After lunch, it was time for a nap. But the activities of the morning were so intense that Jake could not settle down. Shades were drawn and lights out were not enough. He’d climb out of his bed and looked for his Dad, expecting the fun and games to begin again.
Finally, in desperation, Dad decided to lay down with Jake, thinking that if he set an example, Jake would allow his eyes to become heavy, and fall asleep and he would be rescued.
After a few moments, Jake sat straight up in bed and said proudly, “Dad, this isn’t working either, is it?”
God, in His eternal wisdom, planted a conscience in everyone’s heart - a moral compass that signals what is right or wrong. It is a universal fact, that no matter where we go in the world, from one culture to another, people know deep inside what is right and what is wrong. All societies have laws that keep people together and set limits on what is appropriate or how to treat others.
And even though we, as well as others, know what is right and what is expected of us, we still – at times - desire to do what is wrong. God has planted His standards in everyone’s heart, and when any heart becomes troubled - for whatever reason - it is His Holy Spirit doing His work to convict us of our unrighteousness and to turn to the Lord’s standards of right and wrong.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your “early warning signals” that alert us to Your standards. Make our hearts very sensitive to Your laws and convict us when we do wrong. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Romans 2:15 They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right.