In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. (Theodore Roosevelt)
But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere. So I decided to compare wisdom with foolishness and madness (for who can do this better than I, the king?). I thought, “Wisdom is better than foolishness, just as light is better than darkness. (Ecclesiastes 2:11-13)
The best thing we can do is the right thing, but how many times do we choose the wrong thing? We might be pursuing the right thing, but find we complicate it what we really think might make the 'right thing' even better. Ever do that? I have, and I have to admit, things don't turn out as well when I bring my foolish ideas into the 'right thing' God wants me to pursue. Compare wisdom with foolishness and you might find two very different pictures of yourself. We do all kinds of things without asking for God's advice. Oh wait...God doesn't give advice - he gives direction.
Too many times we treat God's words to us as 'advice' we can either heed or embrace with half-hearted commitment. We cull out the parts that don't give us the warm and fuzzies, embracing all the other parts that do. Then we wonder how we get so many mind pictures of us doing the foolish things. Advice is something we can either embrace or reject - we choose what we will do with it. God's words to us are not something we can pick and choose - they are truth, plain and simple. Fools don't want plain truth - they want advice. They want to have options. If you know anything about the commands of God, they aren't 'optional'.
The right thing seems like it is might be kind of hard - but mix up you own philosophy and misguided beliefs in any element of God's truth, and you will find it much harder to hit what you are aiming at. Why? We might mix opinion or advice with truth, but we only get 'close' to the bullseye. The clearest vision, combined with the very best knowledge of what we are aiming at will help us hit the target. We have all probably known someone referred to a Consultant Physician because of something the PCP finds in their exam. Why do we go to the consultant? We want a second opinion. God isn't our Consultant Great Physician. He is our Great Physician - no consultation necessary where obedience is concerned! Just sayin!
Post a Comment
Thanks for leaving a comment if this message has spoken to your heart.