Are you faced with a decision? Try asking yourself four questions to help gain insight?
1 Chronicles 28 & 29
1 Chronicles 28 & 29:
“He made me understand in writing”
Chapter 28.19, “‘All this,’ said David, ‘the LORD made me understand in writing, by His hand upon me, all the works of these plans.'”
Did you notice what David said, “He made me understand in writing …” I’m an on-again off-again journaler, but I see tremendous value in keeping a spiritual journal. I’m not referring to a diary like we usually think of them and I’m not talking about a place to vent and, in effect, sin on paper. I’m talking about a place where we write out prayers, key verses or devotional thoughts and keep a record of our walk with God.
But another great way to use a journal in conjunction with our devotional time is when seeking wisdom for a decision. Try writing out your questions and concerns and when faced with a decision ask yourself four questions (these are adapted from A Woman’s Call to Prayer by Elizabeth George):
Why would I do it?
Why would I not do it?
Why should I do it?
Why should I not do it?
The first two reveal our motives. For example, would I do it because someone else expects it or because of what people may think of me (fear of man)? Would I not do it because of a fear of failure or a lack of trust in God?
The last two get to why God would have us do or not do something. For example, is there a commandment involved? Is God’s glory or my testimony at stake?
This can sometimes be a very helpful process. But we need to remember that something we write out, even in our quiet time, is not the same as God’s inspired Word in Scripture. It is, however, one way God can speak to our hearts and reveal His wisdom to us.
From sheepfolds and fishing boats
70 He also chose David His servant,
And took him from the sheepfolds;
71 From following the ewes that had young He brought him,
To shepherd Jacob His people,
And Israel His inheritance.
This reminded me of what Jesus told two fishermen, Peter and Andrew, in Matthew 4.19, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” God takes who we are and uses it for His glory!
Proclaiming our own goodness
Verse 6a, “Most men will proclaim each his own goodness.”
Sadly, we are often blinded to our own sins and shortcomings. That’s why it’s so important to constantly hold up the mirror of God’s Word and to have other believers in our lives who can speak the truth in love.
Ready to hear
Verse 24, “And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends.”
And then verse 33b, “Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God.”
What a beautiful picture! Here is this man who is eager to know God better. He gathers his friends and family and they are expectantly waiting to hear the man of God speak.
Are you faced with a decision? Try answering Elizabeth’s questions.
How do you approach the opportunity to hear the Word preached? with boredom? with indifference? or with expectation?
Lord, please help us to be eager to hear Your Word preached. Give us a hunger and thirst to know You more and better. Make us like the Bereans who “received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17.11).
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