Sunday, November 13, 2011

Still Following Your Heart?

"We must learn to know the Scriptures again, as the Reformers and our fathers knew them.  We must not grudge the time and the work that it takes ...

How, for example, shall we ever attain certainty and confidence in our personal and church activity if we do not stand on solid Biblical ground? 

It is not our heart that determines our course, but God's Word ...  

How often we hear innumerable arguments 'from life' and 'from experience' put forward as the basis for most crucial decisions, but the argument of Scripture is missing.  

And this authority would perhaps point in exactly the opposite direction.

It is not surprising, of course, that the person who attempts to cast discredit upon their wisdom should be the one who himself does not seriously read, know, and study the Scriptures ..." 
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

When it comes to making the decisions that define our lives, it's long past time that we stop relying on our emotions, our culture, the political scene, and the shifting sands of our own life experience to call the shots. 

Truth be told, our emotions come and go in the blink of an eye.  The ever present media and sappy songs that plead for us to follow our hearts are useless, and only lead to more confusion and brokeness.  A not-so-subtle godlessness defines much of our culture and political system. 

And our life experience, having often been a nebulous, volitile scenario, is hardly a foolproof guide. It's never been or will be an accurate gauge of what is holy, right, and obedient to God's will for our lives.

All these things are fickle, here today and gone tomorrow.  Only the compass of God's Word stands the test of time.  Therein lies wisdom, peace, and "everything we need for life and godliness" {2 Peter 1:3}.

So let's pack up all those unreliable factors that have defined our decision making in the past.  Truth be told, they've made lousy guides.  Let's move ahead, fully embracing God's Word as the Ultimate Guidebook for daily living.


Savor Psalm 119.
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