Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 27, 2015
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Genesis 3:1
God’s opinion is all that matters. He knows all—and what He says is the final word. In fact, my opinion and the opinion of others can become an obstacle to understanding what the Lord thinks. Prideful opinions are the worst, because they tend to edge out the need for a Savior. Opinions are weighty when they are based on the Word of God, otherwise they lose their credibility. Thus, until I understand the Lord’s heart on a matter I’m smart to keep my opinions to myself.
One of Satan’s strategies is to cause us to question God. “Has God really said that?” Doubt and distrust are the devil’s devices. Has God really said marriage is between one man and one woman? Has God really said forgive your friends and love your enemies? Has God really said give generously from a grateful heart? Has God really said do your work with excellence? Has God really said you become like your companions? Has God really said the only way to heaven is through His son Jesus? What God says should settle whatever unsettles your soul.
“I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly” (Psalm 85:8).
Are you conflicted between differing opinions? Conflicting opinions are common, but opting for Christ’s opinion is uncommon. Perhaps you embrace chastity as a committed Christ follower. Conventional wisdom says you are foolish for not first living with a future spouse before marriage, but the Lord’s wisdom labels living together as foolish. Gossip may be entertaining and acceptable to some, but you know it is relationally unhealthy and unacceptable to God. Jettison opinions inconsistent with Jesus’ and develop ideas consistent with truth.
Do you struggle with your opinion of yourself? The enemy whispers: you need to be different than God’s creation. The hounds of hell pursue you with lies: you are not pretty enough. You are not smart enough. You are not spiritual enough. You are not rich enough. Fortunately, your heavenly Father’s opinion of you is enough. You are My beloved. You are My unique creation. You are My gifted child. You are saved from sin’s penalty, power and control. I have called you as My workmanship—for the fulfillment of My will. Embrace and celebrate My opinion of you.
“And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word” (1 Kings 18:21, NKJV).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, protect me from prideful opinions as I humbly embrace Your views.
Related Readings: Joshua 24:15; 2 Kings 17:41; Psalm 119:113; Matthew 6:24
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