Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Make the Right Choice
The laws of the Lord are true. . . . They are a warning to those who hear them; there is great reward for those who obey them.
Solomon was a man who rebelled against the truth he had learned from God and decided to sample just about everything the world had to offer. And basically having unlimited resources, he went on a sinful binge. Afterward, he said that it was all vanity, like chasing after the wind. The Book of Ecclesiastes records his conclusion for us: “Here is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is the duty of every person” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). In other words, “Don’t fight against the laws of God. They were given to us for a reason.”
God in His commandments, has given us the blueprint for a fulfilled life, a blueprint for happiness, if you will. As Psalm 1 says,
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers. But they delight in doing everything the Lord wants; day and night they think about his law. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper. (verses 1–3)
In contrast, this psalm continues, “But this is not true of the wicked. They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind” (verse 4).
You can either be like the happy person who avoids the things that will drag him or her down and embraces the truth and the commandments of God. Or, you can be like the ungodly man or woman who chases after the wind, as Solomon once tried to do. So there is your choice.
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Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.,