Inspirational thought of the day:
Only God determines what is truly right.
Scripture of the day:
“In those days Israel had no king. Each man did what was considered to be right.”
A ship follows the lead of a small instrument no bigger than a stopwatch and the captain of the ship trusts that this small tool called a compass is not leading them astray.
The Creator of this world has left us with a compass, as well. Not only an instruction manual called the Bible, but the Holy Spirit to influence us toward righteousness.
I myself am directionally challenged and rely on a GPS to point me the right direction. I will often trust the GPS above my own instinct, because I know the rate of accuracy of the GPS is far greater than mine.
But sometimes it gets confusing when there are multiple compasses and voices crying out, trying to persuade us that their voice is the right one. Folly cries out but so does wisdom.
Humanism has seeped into every aspect of our culture to the point where it seems odd to not just do what we feel like doing. That’s because the flesh is very persuasive. But if our basis for our decisions is founded primarily upon our feelings, we can be led far away from God’s best.
If the heart is deceitful and every inclination of our heart is wicked in God’s sight, how are we then to live? What compass do we use to make decisions and how can we make our stubborn wills follow God’s way?
In our pride, we tend to think we are right. All arguments emanate from this reality. Authority is a means by which god establishes order. Without it, we drift. With it, we often rebel, anyway. Using a compass takes humility and trust.
There is hope for those Who would call on the Name of God and seek the counsel of His word. The Holy Spirit is able to guide us and we are able to exercise our free will to walk in integrity or to walk after the flesh and do whatever we want.
Ironically, what we want is often counter to God’s ways and as much as we think it pleases us, it leads to our ultimate ruin. The motivation to do things our way would change if we could think the matter all the way through and choose according to God’s law.
Praise God that He has absolute truth in this world of relativity.
God has not left us without instruction nor does He let us remain in confusion if we seek Him sincerely. When we yield our plans to God and filter our desires through God’s word, we find peace. Gently He leads us like an inner compass to do His will and not our own.
Lord, help us to surrender all to You. Your will be done. Your ways are best. Grant us wisdom to recognize when our flesh is pulling us away from what really matters – living solely for You, Jesus, and according to Your Word.