Monday, September 22, 2014

~ "The spared rod child..."

"Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.  There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.  (Prov 19:20-21)

Listening to advice and learning from our mistakes is what helps us as we age.  We become wiser as we get older simply because we have been around longer.  Some, however, do not heed the good advice, nor do they learn from their mistakes.  They wander through this existence churning the water and leaving pollution in their wake.  Some even try to ignore God's plan and continue to do things in spite of the knowledge they've gained.

Listening with our hearts to the Word of God should be a natural occurrence in each day of our lives.  That little voice we call our "conscience" will let us know if we are on the wrong path by gnawing at us and making us feel uncomfortable.  God's purpose will always stand.  We don't get to make the rules, nor do we get to change them.  We can approach God as a spoiled child with the attitude that "it's my life, I make the rules"...the ultimate reality is that he has made the rules and his opinion on the decisions we've made in our lives to either exclude him or include him will be the final word on the subject.

Listening to the advice offered, learning and accepting the Word of God and his will for us and not trying to read between the lines will enable us to do what is expected of us as his children.  He is a God of discipline and a God of love.  Let him spoil you with his blessings!