Monday, August 1, 2011

Monday's Meditation: A Boss Your Heart Message

Thank you, Kirsten Walkup, for today's message:

I was having lunch with a friend who was facing some very serious decisions in his life—decisions that would affect his career, his family and financial future. The weight of this decision was bearing down on him, and he said to me that day, "I don't know what to do...I simply don't know which decision is the right one." I didn't know either, so I just kept eating and said nothing. He thought for a few minutes, then said, "I know there is a right decision to be made. And if I thought I had to make this choice on my own, without God's help, I would crack under the pressure. It's not a matter of me having to make the right choice, it's a matter of me learning what God wants me to do." By the end of the meal, his entire attitude had changed. One of the last things he said that day was, "I don't have to fret over this. I know that when I need to know, God will let me know."

This is the way we can approach life. Look at the promise God made. Isaiah begins chapter 60 by saying...

(v. 1) Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

Isaiah is saying, "Get up! Be excited about life! God's glory will shine on you, and you can live your life in the light of his can see things from his point of view. Your light has come."

Because we live by the light of God's truth, we can approach life with a clarity that people who don't know God simply do not have. When you follow Christ you begin to see the difference between right and wrong much more clearly. When you're living in God's light, you don't stumble around in the darkness. Isaiah said...

(v. 2) Darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.

If you ever watch a show like Politically Incorrect, or even Nightline, (or, dare I say, Jerry Springer) it quickly becomes obvious that many people live in darkness. They have opinions about what's right and wrong; more often than not their sense of morality is based on feelings that easily change depending on the situation. They'll often say something like "Who can say what's right for someone else? What's right for me may not be right for you."

When you begin to follow Christ you soon learn that right and wrong is not a matter of personal choice, it is a matter of God's truth. You also learn that we don't have to make decisions based on our own limited understanding. The Bible says "Your light has come." God will make his will known to you; you don't have to stumble in the darkness—you can walk in his light.

Now, let me ask you a question. If you were certain that God's light is always with you to give you direction every day, how would that affect the way you live your life? Would you approach life with more confidence? With more certainty? With less fear?

Jesus said, "You can know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32) This gives us a whole new approach to life—we can approach life with the certainty that God will give us answers to the hard questions of life, because truth belongs to him and he gives it freely to anyone who seeks it.



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