Read: Proverbs 19
Key Verses: Proverbs 19:3. “People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord.”
Devotional: Proverbs 19:3 really boils down to choices. We want to do what we want to do and then we get frustrated with God when it doesn’t turn out like we thought. I remember when my sons were younger and catching them just prior to a random, and sometimes not so random act of violence against each other. I’d walk into the room just in time to see one them with a plastic bat in the air preparing to unleash a pounding on their brother. I’d manage to yell out, “STOP” and then witness first hand the tension that such a scenario creates.
I could literally see these things going through their little heads. It was at that moment I knew my children were exercising their free wills. Regardless of whether or not your a parent, as an adult you and I understand this, but we understand it on a much higher level. The choices that you can I face as adults aren’t as simple as, “Am I going to whack my little brother with a bat” or not? The choices that you and I are faced with have much higher stakes. As an adult, we’re talking about...
The choices that you and I make are high stake choices, but yet, you and I have the exact same thought process that my sons had. When you and I are faced with a choice, all of those same thoughts run through our heads. We’re staring this choice in the face and through our heads run thoughts like...
How is it that we as adults are still dealing with the same battle that rages in the minds and hearts of eleven year olds across the planet? As a Christ follower you and I are challenged to make choices that are pleasing to God and reflect our commitment to Him. When we make those right choices the Scriptures assure us that our lives will bear good fruit. Regardless of how long you’ve been following Christ, sometimes you still have to make the conscious decision to put aside your feelings and desires and what would feel good and do what you know will please God.
Take Action: Can you recall the internal struggle that you faced in the midst of a high tension choice? Have those high tension moments gotten any easier for you over the year (have you experienced spiritual growth) or are those choices just as hard as they’ve ever been? On a scale of 1 to 10 how are you at making the conscious decision to choose God’s way for your life?
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