Finding the Way

“All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart.” -Proverbs 21:2 (NIV)

The human heart is corrupt. As long as sin continues to permeate our being, our wisdom and reason will be sabotaged by our wickedness. This Google+Photois why sin continues to make a mockery of any philosophy or ideology formulated and implemented through human wisdom alone. Although in our eyes we might seem to be doing what is right and true, our depravity blinds us from seeing the true scope of our actions. God takes our sinful nature into account and because He cannot tolerate sin on account of His holiness, any sort of self-proclaimed righteousness of our own is like filthy rags before Him. No amount of good or good intentions can justify what evils we commit, what principles we bend, in order to achieve our goals; even if the goal we aspire to fulfill is noble in and of itself.

However, God does not wish to leave us with a sinful heart. He sees the consequences of sin in our lives and grieves over the fact that it will consume and destroy our lives no matter how hard we try to overcome our wickedness on our own strength. In His love and grace He has provided us His Son so that through a personal belief in His death and resurrection our sinful nature is washed away and we can partake of a new life in Christ. When we allow Him to perfect His wisdom in us, we will be able to act in a manner that will fulfill His wonderful will in our lives. As long as we remain within His will and allow Him to enable us in His righteousness so that we may obey His perfect commandments, we will not be ensnared in the mire of sin in our pursuit of what is good and pure. Human wisdom and good intentions alone will never be able to bring us happiness or heal a hurting world. It may ironically serve to do the opposite. But if we allow our hearts and minds to be molded by Christ, we can trust in the hope that His wisdom will never fail us, and is there so that we can live abundantly in Him; at the same time being lights that will shine forth His truth and righteousness into a world engulfed by darkness.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Choose Wisdom!

“‘Now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?’” -1 Kings 3:7-9 (NIV)

There is something admirable about Solomon’s choice. When God offered to give him either riches and power, or wisdom and discernment, Google+PhotoSolomon chose the latter. There is no hint of pride or of a desire for selfish gain in Solomon’s request. He wanted wisdom not so that he could boost his own reputation or authority, but to serve God’s people in the manner that He would have intended; in righteousness and justice. Solomon wanted to be a good steward of whatever God would give him, yet he knew that he couldn’t be that good steward through his own fallible understanding. He needed God’s wisdom and guidance to help him make choices that will benefit the people while bringing glory to God. For his humility and willingness to be guided by heavenly counsel, God promised Solomon wealth and power; not through any ability of his own, but because they would be by-products of Solomon’s continued obedience to Him.

How many of us would choose the opposite? Choosing wealth and prestige over the wisdom to manage it? We would like to think that we are wise enough to manage our own affairs; that our wisdom is not prone to error. But the truth is that we often make selfish and destructive decisions that help neither ourselves nor others. If we were given absolute power and wealth to use according to our own discretion, we would mostly likely squander our wealth, abuse our power, and bend to our prideful and avaricious nature. God assures us that if we willingly choose to surrender our hearts to Him and allow His Spirit to reside in us and guide our steps, we will be able to become good stewards of what He has given us. Our eyes will be opened to what He values and we can be assured of the fact that when we live through the Spirit’s enabling according to the Laws of God, we will find success and peace in the truest sense. God’s plans for us are good and perfect. He will never lead us towards our destruction because not only is it counter-productive to His redemptive mission for the world, but it goes against His very nature as being loving and just. Riches and power are fleeting. But having the power of God residing within us and His wisdom guiding us will help us to live life to the fullest and to be responsible with whatever we have.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Guided By His Wisdom

“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” -Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV)

We all have moments in our lives where we have regretted a past decision or action. What we wouldn’t give for the ability to go back in timeGoogle+Photo with the wisdom we have now! We would have expressed ourselves differently, stayed away from those situations that ensnared us, and thought through our choices more carefully. But as much as we would like to, the reality is that we cannot undo the past. Sometimes we refuse to accept even this simple fact. How much time and energy do we waste brooding over what could have been? Instead of allowing God to help us learn from our past mistakes, we cling onto them; thereby sowing the seeds of bitterness and hopelessness in our hearts.

God’s wisdom is perfect. In His omnipotence He sees what we as humans cannot. He knows what transpires in the minds of men. He knows the consequences of every action we will undertake. Moreover, His judgment is not clouded by the corruption of sin. Our judgment is tainted by wickedness. It is for this reason that we often act out of sinful impulses and selfish gain. But God, because He is holy and just, can only act out of righteousness and purity. In His love, He offered up Himself to us on the cross so that, through His cleansing of our sinful nature and through Him indwelling in our hearts, He will be able to guide our lives according to His flawless wisdom. As long as we stay within His good and perfect will, we are assured of the promise that our evil desires will not ensnare us and that the poison of regret will not consume us. How do we discern the will of God? It is only through prayer and the reading of His Word. By spending time in His presence, He will give us the strength to abandon all that is holding us back, and the wisdom to make the most of every second of the life He has given to us by allowing Him to guide our steps. With Him as our compass, let us look forward with hope and embrace the glorious future He has planned for us!

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.