Monday, December 10, 2012

Proverbs 28:26

"He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered."
Proverbs 28:26

This verse is a stark contrast to what we learn through television shows and movies in our society. :)  In most of those scripts, if you just love each other enough, then everything will work out in your relationship.  It's an interesting twisting of reality, because God is love, and love is massively important in our lives.  ... But so are wisdom, knowledge, obedience, and priorities.  And a lot of the time what we call love is just selfishness and lust.  Because we want to believe in that ideal love that we see in the movies, we often make bad choices and justify our less than stellar priorities.  And this verse puts it very bluntly... when we do things like that, we are fools.
It's not easy to consistently make good choices and put wisdom before our personal desires, but as we ask for God's help in doing so, our lives will turn out better than they ever could have, had we chosen our heart's desire over God's will.  Definitely not easy, especially right in the moment of choice... it's always hard to trade the immediate for the long term.  But even when it feels good to put someone "in their place" or criticize... even when we really want to find out where the attraction goes outside God's law of chastity... even when it feels better to walk away from a responsibility, almost always those are really, really bad choices.  And until we learn the difference between what we want and what the spirit is telling us to do, and are very clear on that distinction, then we can't risk believing that what we want is an exception, and we need to always make the choice that goes along with God's laws... or we foolishly complicate and harm our own lives.
Today, let's talk to God and tell him our dilemmas, and then listen to God and not our own desires as we work to make correct choices.

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