Friday, October 15, 2021
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones” (Proverbs 3:5-8 KJV).
Will we be pure and thus purified? Or, will we compromise and thus be compromised?
No matter the dispensation, regardless of the age, it is ever so vital to a person’s soul to be firmly dependent on a clear understanding of God’s words applicable for that given time. Making decisions based on feelings, hunches, superstitions, opinions, emotions, and speculations is an absolute disaster! Billions of lives testify to that tragic fact—and a good many of them, regrettably, attend “Christian” services too.
It is human nature to be independent, for that is the sinful heart of us all: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). “Desperately wicked” means “extremely evil.” What makes the natural human soul this way? The best definition for “sin” is provided in the following Scripture: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way…” (Isaiah 53:6). Our heart is automatically inclined to devise its own course. “I want to do this! Here is where I will go! I will believe whatever I want! No one knows what is best for me except I!” However, as we all realize from personal experience, do we know what we are doing and where we are going most of the time?! It is a resounding NO!
Someone once lamented: “I am getting old. This thing called life is a mindblower. It seems by the time you get it all figured out, it is too late to do anything about it.” We can sense the writer’s dismay, can we not? After “doing our own thing” for decades, living selfishly, we are physically worn out and debilitated with age. Near life’s end, we cry out, “If only I did it all differently! Now, I am just too old to make things right!”
Before it is “too late,” may we set a proper course….