Friday, February 17, 2017
You don’t have to raise your hand, but how many of you have gone ahead and done something you were not sure God would approve? Here’s another scenario: You ask a friend or your spouse something like “do you think this shirt looks dirty?” Whether they say yes or no, the very fact that you asked the question in the first place shows that you yourself weren't sure. If you take some time to think about you will probably conclude that it’s not that big a deal to wash the shirt or just wear something else. If these are silly thoughts, its because I was just reading James 4:17, which reads: “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” In the 14th Chapter of Romans, though particularly referring to things believers in his day were eating, Paul wrote: “But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.”
No, I’m not suggesting you should start worrying about every single decision you make or every action you take. I am only referring to those occasions when doubt or uncertainty enters the picture. If we are led by the Spirit of God, we already know the things we are doing are okay. In fact, many of the decisions or actions we take, we planned in advance. In many sports, baseball in particular, any smart player is aware of the situation and already knows what play he will make if the ball should come his way. You see this in many baseball games, particularly among children or new players: When the ball comes to themy, they hold in up high for a few seconds, unsure of where they need to throw it.
Ephesians 5:15 reads: “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise.” The King James Version refers to it as “walking circumspectly” which means “to be aware of everything situation we find ourselves in.” To make this less complicated, it is just a reminder to us to stay in close and constant fellowship with the Lord. The following verse (16) tells us why: “because the days are evil.” God knew in advance, that those who would be reading this Word today, would be living in difficult and uncertain times. Nevertheless, our status as children of God is secure. He is still in control and watches over us every day.
God’s promise for today: (Proverbs 3:24) “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”