It all connects.
Choices I make today result in consequences I have to deal with tomorrow….
and 10 years from now….
and 20 years from now.
My decisions are important. I have to figure out ahead of time if my choices are going to take me to a place I want to be.
I need wisdom, right? Some of this stuff is hard to decide. So I go to God. In James 1, God has promised to give me generous amounts of wisdom whenever I ask. I just have to believe I have received it. I need to trust him and get rid of any doubts.
How can I be so sure that it’s God talking to me and guiding instead of myself or – even worse – Satan? I have studied God’s word for many years and, when I am listening, I recognize his voice. I know what he would say. I know his truth and that’s what he uses to guide me.
It’s so much different that the lies of this world. It’s easy to discern.
I love the story in Daniel of the human hand that appeared and wrote a message to King Belshazzar on the wall in the middle of his big party. It was a warning. The bad consequences of his choices had piled up and the King was going to pay the price with his life. He died that night.
I obviously want to make better choices that King Belshazzar did. So I go to God early on in my decision-making. And – sometimes – he writes a warning on the wall in my mind. “Don’t go there, you won’t like what happens.” “Don’t do that, you won’t like the consequences.”
I love these warnings because he is always right (of course). I really don’t want to go there. I definitely don’t want to do that. I need to make a better decision now so that I don’t end up in a place I never wanted to be.
It all connects.
Please give us your wisdom, Abba Father.