Way to Go

“This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.’” (Isa 48:17)

Do you ever have a dilemma at work, or in your life? We all do. There are often times when we have choices to make and a number of ways we can go. How often do we consider God’s desire for us as we ponder which way to go?

Choosing between a cheese sandwich and a cucumber sandwich may not need an angelic visitation to determine, but a lot of other questions may. Offering a circumstance to God invites clarity and wisdom and His intervention if required.

We have been given a brain and are expected to weigh our options with a certain amount of independence, but many times we would be wise to check with God. Certainly any significant decision should be made in consultation with Him to Whom we have given our lives.

Quick Prayer: Which way should I go, Jesus? Amen.

Giving and Hearing

“And said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor.” (Act 10:31)

This almost sounds like an Old Testament Scripture. Surely our relationship with God is solely based on the forgiveness appropriated by Jesus? Yes, it is; you are quite correct. Yet just as we are forgiven in the measure we forgive others, so God sees our gifts to the poor and other acts and is moved and motivated by the evidence of a transformed heart.

When we are faithful, we are given more. We still reap what we sow even in this time of God’s grace. There are consequences for actions, and He does still test our motivations and obedience. These are not popular concepts, but I have found them to still be true.

Quick Prayer: Thank You that You listen to me as I listen and act well toward others. Amen.