Pastor Mike's thoughts

Thoughts on today's Christian world and how it fits into secular society.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Make up your mind!

My oh my, what a week it has been. It seems like everywhere I turn, there's someone (including myself) who is struggling with making a major decision, or trying to understand which path of least resistance they should take. Decisions are hard to make because we're always afraid that we'll make the wrong one. Then we'll have to face the consequences alone. The reality is that no matter what decision we make, God will be there to get us out of any mess we may get ourselves into. Just because we make the wrong decision doesn't mean God will turn His back on us.

James 1:5 says; If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

People admire wisdom in others. Wise people have the proper perspective and can make sensible and sensitive decisions. These kind of people seem to be few and far between, Among believers, however, the percentage of should be high because James writes, "and it will be given him." According to this passage in God's Word, if we ask, then we will get the wisdom we're looking for. So why do we still make the wrong ones so many times then?

Wisdom begins with God, who is its source. The first step of wisdom is having the right amount of awe and respect for God, and to trust Him with your life. We get wiser as we become more like Christlike. God's wisdom is "pure, the peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocricy" (James 3:17). God doesn't give the ability to make a Godly, or easy, decision to some people while making others struggle, even though it may seem like it sometimes. His Word doesn't say that he blesses some people with more wisdom than others, it says that we need to ask, and He gives it without partiality. The key is to ask, but don't feel like God's letting you down if things don't go exactly like you think they should (that's a whole different topic).

As we study God's word, and grow in the Lord each day we become wiser. As we become wiser, life's decisions become easier and more Christlike. So consider each decision a chance to grow and rely on the Lord. Don't worry and anguish over what might or might not happen, relish the fact that no matter what happens in this life, we have God. Ask God for wisdom today, and his Word promises it will be given, and God never goes back on His Word.

Praying for the wisdom to do God's will for His Kingdom,
Pastor Mike

*Blood Flow*

A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, "Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face."

"Yes," the class said.

"Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn't run into my feet?"

A little fellow shouted, "Cause your feet ain't empty."


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