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Hows That Working For You

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise. Proverbs 12:15 (NKJV)

Have you ever found yourself trying to give someone advice or counsel only to have him or her argue with you, or insist their way is correct or better?  I’ve experienced this when giving biblical counsel, and it always bums me out when people choose to follow their own feelings rather than submit to God’s word for making their decisions.  It bums me out, because I will inevitably see the consequences of these poor choices, resulting in hurt, pain and suffering. 

When I see people making foolish choices, and pridefully hanging on to their way of doing things, even though it is obviously wrong according to God, I find myself wanting to ask the question, “How’s that working for you?”   I don’t mean this to be facetious, or sarcastic, but I have found it can actually prompt the person to think about their actions, where they might normally have not. 

I think the disconnect for us when we choose to follow our feelings verses abiding in God’s will, is that we forget He has our best interest in mind 24-7, and He will always give us perfect advice and counsel.  When I think about this truth I am reminded of the story recorded in the 21st chapter of the Book of John.  Several of the disciples had decided to go fishing in the Sea of Galilee.  They had been out fishing all night long, and yet they hadn’t caught anything.  At dawn Jesus stood on the shoreline, and He called out, asking them, “Children have you any food,” referring to their catching fish.  They answered Him, “No.”

So Jesus tells them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.”  These experienced fishermen could have scoffed at Him and easily dismissed His advice—thinking they were much wiser with respect to catching fish.  But this isn’t what happened.  Instead, they heeded His advice, and they cast their nets over the right side, and we are told, “They were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish” (John 21:6). 

Ultimately, we have been given the ability to choose what we do, and God will be faithful to guide us in His truth.  But if we want to do it our own way rather than His, then we should probably expect to accept the consequences of our willful spirit, and our unwillingness to acknowledge His authority over our lives as our Creator (1Cor. 6:19-20).   And one more thing; if we find ourselves reaping what we sow when we are being disobedient, then perhaps we should honestly ask ourselves, “How is that working for you?”

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?" Luke 6:46 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn with respect to our heeding God’s counsel?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is Jesus Lord of your life?

APPLICATION: If we are going to call Jesus Lord, then let’s allow Him to be Lord, and be faithful to heed His word.

LET’S PRAY: Father, please forgive us for the times where we have chosen to not heed the counsel of Your word.  Help us to know Your will and give us the strength and wisdom to incorporate it into our lives in every area.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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