“Thus says the Lord: ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.’” (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
Warnings from parents, law enforcement, education and life in general are offered to the young not to be enticed or to place their trust in someone who is a stranger to them. Living in our dangerous and evil times reinforces these warnings.
The thought occurs that this warning is just as applicable to each of us as we make our journey through life. Trusting someone or even self can be very dangerous from so many perspectives, but especially in the spiritual realm.
The wise man warned in Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” We should all realize that we just do not always know what the right choice is or which way to take, do we?
God speaking through the prophet Jeremiah warns the people of God way back then and preserves the warning for us today: If you want to know what is the definition of real success in a person’s life, then look to God!
My greatest of needs is to know God … obey His will … and grow in my faith and service to Him! Our lives are filled it seems to the brim with the demands of life and the seemingly overwhelming sense of ‘we’ll never get done all that needs to be done.’
The fact is you cannot manage all that your life includes without knowing better each day of life the One who caused the winds and the waves to be still … even as He does for us as we encounter the storms of life. Storms and uncertainties that we must face … almost daily!
We are asking way too much of ourselves, much less someone else, to trust a stranger to lead us, guide us and direct our steps down the right path that leads to eternal life! To be sure, there are many voices beckoning us to follow their lead, but they are only as “the blind leading the blind.”
Yes, there are a number of individuals that are wise and capable of offering advice, but they are human just like we are and they can unknowingly give bad advice.
We cannot afford to neglect or even in some way shrug our shoulders when God speaks to us through His inspired word! The words from His Book are indeed “the lamp that lights our way.”
Jesus calls us to focus our attention on Him … “the true bread of life … the living water … the way, truth and life … the mighty Counselor … our King!” And He beckons us to not only listen to Him … but to follow Him! For Jesus Christ is no stranger!
“And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42)
Bill Fairchild, Jr.
P.S. How are you doing on your daily Bible reading?