God Have Your Way In Me
Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25 both say: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”
I don’t know about you, but that verse always sobers me.
The truth is, He has given us discernment as believers; and He’s also given mankind a general moral compass for good and evil.
Most would say, regardless of time period or culture, that murder is evil.
Most would say, regardless of time period or culture, being generous to the needy is good.
And because there is a general sense of right and wrong—and for believers, a general knowledge of God and Biblical principles (one would hope) – then, there can easily be the delusion within ourselves that we’ve got it pretty much figured out! We can be trusted, right? We have enough common sense to do the “right” thing at the “right” time and please God with our desire for “rightness”.
I’m reading 1 Samuel right now and it’s tragic to read this very thing happening to King Saul. Chapters 13 and 15 give accounts of Saul trying to work his way around instructions given by God, because… well… it seemed “right” to him.
He wanted to be God: making the rules, justifying himself in his decisions, being held to the standard he chose. And did that go well for him? Sadly, no.
And if I’m honest, I see the same crooked way in me, apart from Christ! With King Saul, we see that the Lord saw the condition of his heart: the lack of reverence for, and obedience to, Him. And the hard truth is, that’s the natural state of everyone’s heart. We all want to be judge! The little bits of wisdom, clarity, or common sense that He gives us in His kindness can lead us to believe that it comes from us. We can easily think that we are the ones who hold knowledge and can perfectly govern our hearts and lives – and even those of the ones around us!
Proverbs 2:6 tells us, “the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
What we have… is a gift. But let us not fool ourselves into thinking we can now take that gift and run with it in some prideful form of independence!
We can’t trust our own hearts (Jeremiah 17:9, John 2:24).
We need our minds to be renewed by Him constantly (Ephesians 4:23, Colossians 3:10).
We desperately need to humble ourselves and remember HE knows what is right (Isaiah 55:9).
I love this promise in James 1:5,
“If any of you ” (and I will add here if I may, “since we do”…) “lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
Everything from the biggest life decisions, to the most miniscule, trivial things in your day, to the overall course and rhythm to your years this side of heaven: He is your source of wisdom!
Seek, ask, knock, wait – and He will answer and lead.
He loves to lead us! He leads us well! And submitting to His leadership only leads to good…
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He stores my soul.” (Psalm 23:1-3)
“The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear Him…” (Psalm 25:14)
“The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.” (Proverbs 15:33)
He is far more trustworthy than we are. He sees the end of the story while we are stuck looking at our present. So let us continually ask Him to generously give us what we lack through the means of His Word and Spirit! Wouldn’t we be a set-apart people in this generation if we lived like that?