Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 12, 2018
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12
Good intentions need to be governed by God’s wisdom, or they lead down the wrong path. My sincerity does not make up for incorrect assumptions or foolish choices. For example, I can talk myself into trusting someone who has questionable character because of his potential to bring in business. But if I rush and hire the wrong person, it sets back the organization and threatens the morale of the team. Wisdom first clarifies God’s choice.
Good intentions in marriage occur when a husband or wife thinks they are helping their partner, but in reality they are hurting them. A surprise large purchase by one spouse that was not in the budget can become a nightmare of worry in financial liability. Well-meaning intentions that are irresponsible do damage to those who are there to help.
What decisions are you facing—a move, a purchase, a gift? Have you vetted your decision-making process with wise counsel? Ignorance and naïveté are not protected from producing wrong results. If you rush into a relationship or a deal without taking time to test your assumption, it may very well lead to regret and a waste of time and money.
“The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice” (Proverbs 12:15).
However, you can find the right way by first following the way of Jesus Christ. He said, “I am the way” (John 14:6). With the ways of Jesus as our beginning point, our self-delusion is replaced by His divine revelation. And we read, “He who walks with the wise grows wise” (Proverbs 13:20), and then we submit to wise advisors. Wisdom puts us on the path of constructing Christ’s will, thus moving toward a productive outcome.
Above all else, test your good intentions about God. You may think He is all love without standards for living, or you may assume He is all judge without love. Either extreme causes you to miss the real thing. Yes, the Lord requires a personal relationship through His Son Jesus to exit hell and enter heaven. And the beauty of knowing God is the ability to follow God. The path of death is paved with good and bad intentions, but the path of life is paved with wise ones. So seek not what seems right but what is right.
“Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow” (Isaiah 1:17).
Heavenly Father, give me a discerning heart so I might have the best intentions, not just good intentions, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Am I objective and teachable in my pursuit of truth and the best path to follow?
Good intentions need to be governed by God’s wisdom or they lead down the wrong path. #WisdomHunters #intentions
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